Since Apple dropped the iPhone X at the end of last year, several new phones have been released, and a lot of them are really good. The Galaxy S9 and Huawei P20 Pro are two standouts, while the OnePlus 6 offers a premium experience at an affordable price. Hell, the Pixel 2 is still great all these months later. But nothing has been good enough to make me ditch Apple’s flagship.
The problem is that everything that’s come out since the iPhone X feels like a poor imitation. Nearly every new Android device sports a notch along with some form of facial recognition and a dual-camera setup. None are quite as advanced or as seamless as Apple’s flagship, which continues to feel years ahead of the competition. That’s saying a lot, because there are some really fantastic phones available right now.
With an advanced neural engine, incredible display, and class-leading camera, the iPhone X is hard to beat, despite being several months old. Here are five reasons why I continue to stick with the iPhone X.
I love the camera
I’m not saying the iPhone X has the best camera on the market, but it’s up there. I’m continually impressed by not just its quality, but how quickly it operates. I can open the camera app, focus on my subject, and snap a picture, all in a matter of seconds. And I never have to worry about quality, because the camera is always reliable.
I’m also a huge fan of Apple’s Live Photos feature, which turns images into short videos. I love seeing pictures of my dog come to life, making ordinary images suddenly feel alive. Portrait Mode is also a wonderful tool in the right scenario. All of these features combine to offer a consistently impressive experience that shows why the iPhone X is so good.
I know I’ll get software updates
When Apple iOS 12 hits this fall, I know I’ll get it the day it’s released. I won’t have to worry about the software maybe hitting my device months from now, as is often the case for many of today’s top Android handsets. Heck, even the iPhone 5S will support iOS 12, and that device was released all the way back in 2013. You simply don’t get that kind of support in the Android market.
The display is fantastic
The iPhone X’s Super Retina OLED display features a 1,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio, HDR support, True Tone technology, and wide color support. Once you lay your eyes on it, you’ll wonder how you ever put up with anything else. Samsung devices arguably feature superior panels, but considering Samsung supplied the displays for the iPhone X, it’s a close call.
Face ID continues to amaze
With adaptive recognition and technology that maps the geometry of your face, Face ID has cemented itself as a worthy replacement for Touch ID. There’s still something so exciting about unlocking the iPhone X just by looking at it. And I love being able to authenticate payments using the technology at the grocery store.
It’s the most complete phone
The iPhone X is fast, beautifully designed, and features some truly impressive technology, which is why I haven’t ditched it for something newer. It feels most like the smartphone of the future, offering clever navigation gestures and a truly ground-breaking biometric system that hasn’t been matched by any other device. Sure, there are a lot of really good Android devices on the market, but none of them quite reach the heights of the iPhone X.