For those who are not in the know, the iPhone X was officially launched in Lagos some weeks back and asides from having a hands-on. I also got the iPhone X with me in the building, so expect a video review before the end of the week.
In the meantime, check out some of the features I have noticed (and loved) based on my first impressions
1. Augmented reality
This feature doesn’t get the desired attention majorly because there are still very few applications that can take advantage of it in a meaningful way, but the iPhone X is integrated with all the hardware and software needed to create a realistic AR experience. I was able to try out a couple of applications like the Ikea Place which isn’t limited to the iPhone X, but allows you to virtually “place” sofas, lamps, rugs, and tables around your home, so you can see what they look like before you buy, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which lets you place a virtual caterpillar within real-life scenes.
Yes, most of the available applications are gimmicky, but one thing is for sure though, when that app does come along, Apple’s iPhone X will be ready.
2. The Gestures
Since the iPhone X doesn’t come with a home button, Apple has included a whole load of new swipes, gestures, and motions for getting around the iOS. Although this isn’t something that could be called a feature, I still love the feeling of getting to learn something completely different.
Another futuristic feature of the iPhone X is its TrueDepth camera system, with the TrueDepth camera, the iPhone X can accurately map the geometry of your face. This means that it can detect the position, topology, and expression of your face with high accuracy and in real time, and then use that data within apps.
Of course, you already know about the highly talked about Animojis, but the potential future applications of this technology are far more wide-ranging. Users could eventually be able to create realistic avatars of themselves for use in games, augmented reality apps – and even in virtual reality. It could also be used for 3D scanning and printing objects, and advanced identity verification.
I am sure the Android Fanboys are probably going to get in this mood:
Because this feature isn’t new, but the iPhone X’s glass back means that it can be charged wirelessly. Like I said, nothing new, but it’s a feature that is convenient and I also got the Belkin wireless charger that works well with the iPhone X.
The downside is that most charging pads require you to put the phone in exactly the right position in order to charge; more than once I have woken up in the morning to discover the iPhone had not charged because I placed it slightly off-center.
As for battery life, the iPhone X might get you through the day on a single charge.
Like I mentioned earlier, I’d have a videoreview coming up soon, but in the meantime, are these first impression features exciting enough for you?