We’ve had two years and a quarter of the way to a third year since the launch of Apple’s iPhone X, their 2017 flagship that made headlines. Featuring Apple’s first OLED display, as well as their first iPhone with minimal bezels, it was also their first iPhone flagship to hit the insane price point of $999 USD. That price point has been kept with the subsequent models, though 2018 saw the release of the more budget-friendly iPhone XR and 2019 saw the release of the 11 alongside the 11 Pro.
But how is it holding up in 2020, compared to the slew of smartphones out there? Quite well, actually. I’ve had mine since shortly after launch (backorder and all that…) and is one smartphone I haven’t felt the need to upgrade after two years.
That’s not to say it’s still perfect, of course – due to it still having the 3D touch mechanism, the battery life isn’t the most ideal. I got a battery replacement after two years, and while it did help renew the phone’s life, it still does have a limitation due to the size of the battery to begin with.
The cameras are still great, even if they’re definitely eclipsed by the 2019’s 11 and 11 Pro cameras. There are third party apps to help with the features that aren’t native to the X, though, which does help bridge the gap. But I’ve never been disappointed in the photos (or videos) that the X has taken over the last two years, and it still holds its own remarkably well.
The design is still sleek, with the stainless steel frame supporting the glass back and the OLED screen. While the glass back is there to help with wireless charging, my one wish for the phone’s design has always been a less slippery back glass (the matted glass texture of the current 11 Pro seems perfect from what little I’ve seen of it in stores). But since my phone has always been in a case, I suppose it’s not that big of a deal to me at the end of the day.