Why I’m not buying an iPhone X

Now that the excitement of the latest iPhone announcement is out of the way I’m looking at the iPhone X with a fresh pair of eyes.

Before the event I thought there is no way I can justify spending north of £1000 on an iPhone that will likely be replaced in a year or two. But seeing the technology last night I forgot these feelings and decided that the X was for me.

Now I’ve had the chance to think about it more (and owning a 7 already) I’ve come to the conclusion that the X isn’t going to be an iPhone I’ll be getting this year.

Here are some of the thoughts bubbling in my mind.

It’s my main computer

It’s the device I use the most out of all my tech. I use it for writing, taking the majority of my photos and keeping up to date with people. In one way it is worth as much to me as my iMac or MacBook. It’s the computer I have with me almost all the time.

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Design

I’m not a huge fan of the design. The black looks best to me but that black sensor area is going to bug me. The notch as it’s been named by some seems to get in the way of content when in landscape mode. It’ll hide video behind it and scrolling lists are still being figured out by developers.

I also use reachability a lot on my iPhone 7. This goes away with the X and I like to use my phone in one hand. This will not be possible with the X.

The materials chosen with glass back and metal sides will offer more grip than the existing 7. But having used a Samsung with similar construction it will feel slippery in cold conditions and fall off a couch arm. I have the jet black iPhone 7 and it’s the best feeling iPhone since the days of the 3G. The X isn’t going to feel as good.

It’s the price of my MacBook, 5K TV and 5K iMac

Yup, if I get the 256GB model it’ll be the same price that I paid for my 12” MacBook, our new TV or family iMac.

That’s let me step back and look at the money for what it is. Yes, it’s a computer in my pocket but how can it be the same as a 4K HDR 55” TV?

Personally I don’t agree with Apple creating this new price point so that they raise the average selling point of an iPhone.

I’m voting with my wallet this time to let them know I don’t want them to set a precedence for an elitist iPhone.

Is faceID better than touchID?

I’m concerned about losing touchID for faceID.

There are so many occasions where my iPhone is unlocked before it even gets to my face using touchID. It’ll be slower and less convenient using faceID.

Apple Pay is going to be weird too having to look at the screen before making a purchase in store.

I just don’t see that it’ll be more convenient for me.

In summary

So, I’m not buying an X.  It’ll be the first year since the 5S I’ve not bought a new iPhone.

Don’t get me wrong the tech looks cool but I am at the point I don’t want to send a signal to Apple that £1400 is ok. I’m looking at that amount with the 256GB+case+Apple Care.

If it’s your main computer and you can look beyond the notch I think it’ll be a good iPhone but it’s not for me.

Also, where’s the 128GB??