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Review: iPhone X, the biggest leap in Apple's smartphone since its first generation

For the first time in the history of the iPhone, in 2017 Apple launched two generations flagship simultaneously. Our review of the iPhone 8 Plus was in charge of Edu, and here I am to bring you my complete analysis of iPhone X after about a full month of use.

I used the iPhone 8 Plus for a few weeks, also because the iPhone X only hit the international market in the beginning of November. So, for this review, I do not intend to repeat much of the things already spoken by Edu when comparing 8 with 7, not least because X provides the biggest leap in the Apple smartphone since its first generation.

The biggest leap deserves, of course, the biggest review I have ever written for this site. Let's go?

Design

Let's start with the static part of the device, which changed the most about it right when we hit the eye on the iPhone without even turning it on. Its external design.

Silver iPhone 3 rear and space gray diagonally facing

I think I can say that this is the first time that, no matter what angle you look at the iPhone, you identify that an X. People joke that Apple ?stagnated? his design from 6 to 8 (some call it 7 ?6ss? and 8 ?6sss?), but in all generations we have had subtle changes at least in the rear and colors. Looking at them all from the front, it is really difficult to distinguish one from the other.

On iPhone X, everything changed. The front is now (almost) the entire screen, which brings a new 18: 9 format with a small top cutout and, for the first time in the history of the iPhone, the absence of the Start button (Home). On the sides, Apple said goodbye to aluminum and brought back stainless steel, with a finish similar to that found in Apple Watches. Behind, as in the 8, she adopted glass only that we now have a double camera system positioned vertically.

At least initially, we have only two color options on the iPhone X: space gray (space gray) and silver (silver), popularly referred to as black and white. Both, in my opinion, were beautiful; I ended up opting for space gray, but I was in doubt until the last second, especially after seeing them in person. And that has a strong reason: in both, the front of the iPhone X remains black. Finally, Apple abandoned that white frame that many criticized because a frame so thin now that it would not even make sense.

The iPhone X is physically slightly bigger and heavier than the 4.7-inch iPhones, but obviously smaller and lighter than the 5.5-inch ones. Check the table:

ModeliPhone XiPhone 8 PlusiPhone 8
Height143.6 mm158.4 mm138.4 mm
Width70.9 mm78.1 mm67.3 mm
Thickness7.7 mm7.5 mm7.3 mm
Weight174 grams202 grams148 grams

Note that of the three, iPhone X is also the thickest. The numerical difference is very small (what is 0.2mm?), But you feel it when you hold it for the first time. Adding that to the dimensions and the materials used in its housing, we have a device with a quite footprint premium and safe.

iPhone X lying on its side

Given the price, I decided to buy the AppleCare + for the iPhone X and, with that, I feel comfortable in using it for the first time in years without any case. Besides not covering a single bit of this beautiful design, it is really cool to use the iPhone ?naked?, like this. Really different experience, mainly due to the various gestures that we now have to do on the screen.

Reusing glass on the back of the iPhone certainly makes it more beautiful, but the change was necessary for the late adoption of wireless charging technology. On the other hand, glass breaks. Apple can say what it wants about the durability of the glass used in the iPhone, but it is undeniable that, in terms of strength, it loses points compared to its predecessors. And we prove it in practice, in this video:

And it's not just the glass. The stainless steel on the sides makes the iPhone also very beautiful and lives up to the price we paid for it, but it is also a material that unfortunately tends to scratch very easily.

Having said these considerations, I must say that my iPhone X, even without a case, is practically flawless after a month of use. In a careful analysis I did a little while ago, in the daylight, I noticed only two micro-scratches on the rear window, and that was it. Nothing on the front glass, nothing on the sides. Not too shabby.

Incidentally, speaking of resistance, nothing has changed in his official rating in relation to water and dust: IP67. In other words, the iPhone X is resistant but not waterproof. Do not invent to use it, without a suitable case, to take pictures in the pool or even less at sea.

iPhone X with splashing water

To conclude this topic, two details: the side button of the iPhone X is a little more elongated, probably to facilitate its use (since now the only physical button on the device besides the two of volume, and has gained new functions in this generation), and Apple was able to remove all those regulatory marks that were below the name "iPhone" from the back. It is worth noting that both he and Ma's logo are now under the glass; you don?t ?feel? them when you run your finger.

O notch

I spent several paragraphs talking about the design of the iPhone X and, purposely, did not comment on its upper cut. You may have heard people referring to you by the English term "Notch", which in direct translation means ?notch? or ?chamfer?. Anyway, let's cut it out.

IPhone X front camera

Until I took my iPhone X and actually started using it, all I had were photos and videos on the Apple website. And, when you see these images without actually interacting with him, the top cutout on the screen draws a lot of attention.

In developing the iPhone X software, Apple had the option of "hiding" the cutout via software. The idea would be to keep the top bar always black, taking advantage of the fact that his screen is now OLED, but she decided to go the other way. Apple "embraced" the clipping, taking the system and app interface (almost) always to the "ears" of the iPhone X, highlighting this with pride in the smartphone photos and even preventing developers from going against it.

New iPhone design / cone

The marketing explanation is quite understandable: without the clipping, the iPhone X would not be so easily identifiable when viewed from a distance. Now, his own icons in the shape of a "silhouette" highlight the cutout; even tiny ones, indicate well that it is an iPhone X. something unique, it becomes the new brand of iPhone as it was, until now, its only front Home button.

Obviously, nobody here is silly to think that Apple just put this cut there to give this unique face to the iPhone X. The cut was necessary because, well, there is not enough technology yet to hide all the components of the TrueDepth system (front camera) behind of the screen. One day, without a doubt, we will get there; and it's Apple's problem, in ours, to think about how to keep giving the iPhone a unique design.

Incidentally, speaking of technology, there is something in the cutout: in this tiny space there is an infrared camera, a light emitter, a proximity sensor, an ambient light sensor, a speaker, a microphone, a 7 megapixel camera and a dot projector. This is the set that Apple calls the ?TrueDepth camera system?, which I will talk about in more detail later.

Well, it's amazing how this cut ?disappears? when you start using iPhone X. It's not even a matter of getting used to it after days / weeks, just start using the device that you realize how ?insignificant? it is.

Are there moments when the clipping draws attention? H, no doubt. When you are on a dark screen and immediately switch to one with a white background, there is even a strange feeling that the cutout ?slid? from top to bottom on the screen, due to the iOS animations themselves. But okay, you (maybe) notice it there and it's over. a very small piece in the middle of this beautiful 5.8 inch OLED screen.

Another occasion when the clipping can bother when you watch videos in full screen, but that's when you really use the pinch motion to make it fill everything. Most videos nowadays follow the 16: 9 pattern, that is, they already leave side borders on the iPhone X that hide the cutout. Personally, I always prefer to see them like this, at least notch itself, but because when you expand it ends up cutting out a little bit of the top part and a little bit of the bottom part of the original video. In the short.

I hardly use the iPhone in landscape mode, not even when I still had the ?Plus? model. But, again, the clipping draws attention when it is horizontal and you browse websites. Even if developers want to explore the entire iPhone X screen horizontally, filling up to their "ears", they need to make minor adaptations to their sites as directed by Apple. We already did here, tell yourself.

Goodbye to Incio's button

If clipping is now the design element that distinguishes the iPhone X from everything else, what about the absence of the only button that has always been present on the front of the Apple smartphone?

At least for me, the adaptation was less traumatic than I would have imagined. I count on the fingers of one hand how many times, during this entire month, I found myself ?looking? for the button of Incio on the iPhone X, kind of involuntarily.

I consider removing the physical button something necessary for this new paradigm of smartphones with screens occupying its entire front, but I was very concerned when Apple announced that everything on his iOS would be gesture-based. Until then, it was believed that it could follow a similar line of some competitors who chose to ?hide? a virtual button there behind the screen, more or less in the same place where the physical would be, activated with a little pressure (technology that the iPhone already has, the 3D Touch).

But, as we know, Apple decided to invest in gestures. So now, instead of pressing the physical button, you simply swipe from bottom to top to access the device or return to an app's home screen. And it works great, you get used to it very quickly.

When we didn't click once on the Home button, we clicked twice to access the iOS multitasking interface, the so-called ?app selector?. Apple instructs users to slide from the bottom up, stop and wait a fraction of a second for this interface to appear. It works? Yes it works. But there is a much faster way: by sliding upwards, you immediately throw your finger to the right or to the left (making an upside-down "L"). It ends up being as quick as double-clicking the Home button and also something you get used to in the blink of an eye.

Even better and faster than accessing the app selector, simply swipe left or right at the bottom of the iPhone X screen to switch instantly between the latest open apps. For example, when you are copying something from one to the other, this is a big hand on the wheel. a way to switch between apps that simply has nothing equivalent on any other iPhone model.

Obviously, this is not the first time that we slide from the bottom up, to do something on iOS. Until then, that was exactly the gesture we used to call the Control Center. On the iPhone X, it went to the top right corner of the screen, that is, you now slide from there, from top to bottom. If you slide from top to bottom of the center or the left corner, you call the Notification Center.

The change in Central Control pleased me on the one hand, but not on the other. No one will say that it is easier / more practical to slide there in the upper right corner instead of the bottom of the iPhone, as it was before, but in compensation now this gesture works 100% of the time. I explain: many apps have elements in their interfaces that conflict with the gesture of swiping from bottom to top before, and forced us to do this twice in a row to call the Control Center. Now, it is located in a place that is not explored by any app, so it is really always accessible.

It is not surprising that there is always, in apps, a small lower space dedicated to the so-called ?start indicator?. It is a horizontal bar, always accessible when we need to slide from bottom to top and return to the home screen. Personally, I find this indicator a little too flashy in certain locations, but nothing that can't be polished over time in iOS updates. Apple just needs time to re-educate its users.

An interesting thing to note is that all of these gestures now depend on the orientation of the iPhone. That is, to return to the home screen you always slide from bottom to top even if the iPhone is in landscape mode (that is, you slide from the side of it to the top). To call the Control Center, the same thing: s pull from the upper right corner of the screen, even if it is lying down.

Control Center horizontally on iPhone X

Still talking about the Control Center, now it is there that we have access to all the cones that were previously visible in the iPhone status bar. As a cutout, the useful space left over in the ?ears? is too small to show the operator's name and signal, time, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, location, alarm, etc. icons, in addition to the percentage of the battery and its graphic representation .

Thus, by default, now we only see the time in the left ?ear? next to the location icon and, on the right, the operator signal, the Wi-Fi icon and the battery graphic. Well: no percentage, just pulling the Control Center. Terrible, my friends.

There are, of course, designers suggesting how Apple can solve this:

Oh, and since we no longer have the Home button, now you can simply touch anywhere on the screen to turn it on (you don?t need to press the side button for this). Another alternative, which already worked in previous generations, is to "lift" the iPhone; the accelerometer detects movement and turns the screen on, too.

As I mentioned, the side button gained new functions on the iPhone X. Now, a click on / off the screen, pressing and holding we call Siri and it is also used for the confirmation of purchases (I'll talk about this later). If you want to turn off the iPhone, you need to press and hold the side button with one of the volume buttons; to take a screenshot, just press the side button next to the volume up button.

The reset process is forced the same as the iPhone 8/8 Plus:

Face ID (or: goodbye, Touch ID!)

If we do not have a Home button on the iPhone X, we also do not have a Touch ID. Yes, Apple decided to dare and played with a team that was winning: in this new generation of its smartphone, it abandoned authentication by reading a fingerprint in favor of a new method of biometrics: facial recognition.

Introduced on the iPhone 5s, in 2013, the Touch ID arrived bursting and stirred the smartphone industry. It was not the first fingerprint sensor built into a phone, but it was the first decent one. The first is fast, safe and functional. And it evolved, gaining a second generation that made it even faster and less prone to failure.

Today, Touch ID is on the entire line of iPhones (with the exception of X, of course), on all iPads and also on the Touch Bar of the latest MacBooks Pro. It was, until now, the main component for authenticating users in products from Apple, with a single alternative: the traditional numeric (alpha) password.

When rumors about Face ID surfaced, few bet that Apple would abandon Touch ID for good. We had four alternatives: a fingerprint reader hidden under the screen, on the side button, on the back (as most competitors with Android do today) or, of course, without Touch ID. Apple opted for the latter option and bet all the chips on the new facial biometric system.

Woman using Face ID on iPhone X

Again, the iPhone X is not the first smartphone to incorporate authentication by reading the face. But the first to do it in a decent, fast and really safe way. No wonder that Face ID uses all the components of the TrueDepth system, after all, it does a scan extremely complex and three-dimensional of the person's face. Therefore, he cannot be circumvented with a mere photograph of the owner; identification is not simple, like this.

According to Apple, Face ID projects 30,000 invisible dots on the person's face the moment it identifies everything in a fraction of a second. While the fantastic Touch ID had a false-positive rate (the probability that an alien finger would be authenticated as if it were the owner's, and not the error rate in the identification process itself) 1 in 50,000, that of the Face ID of absurdities 1 in 1,000,000. Obviously, and Apple itself says so, that number drops (dramatically) if we're talking about twins and there are tests to prove it.

But let's get to what really matters, which is the practical experience with the thing. Was Face ID really a good replacement for Touch ID?

Friends, I answer "Yes" to the question above with the greatest certainty. The fantastic Face ID works exactly as Apple promises and I personally don't miss Touch ID at all. Which does not mean that Face ID is perfect. It evolve over time, just as Touch ID has evolved; but we are now starting from a higher level.

This is what I posted on Twitter a few weeks ago, the most true. For those who ?go outside?, AirPods are just Bluetooth headphones with a weird design (be sure to read my full review of them). Likewise, Face ID is a full plate of planting pros. Now, the market had already seen and tried other (rough) facial recognition solutions, and why the hell does Apple think it has the right to remove something as nice and functional from the iPhone as the Touch ID?

Averse to change is inherent to human beings, but those who are used to dealing with technologies learn, over time, that there are certain things that you really need to use to understand. There is no point in reading descriptions, seeing photos, watching videos and the day-to-day experience that counts, and when the thing is done well, you will gradually discover its nuances, even after days of using the product.

iPhone X from the front unlocked by Face ID

Face ID is revolutionary because, well, it just looks like you're using an iPhone without a password. You take the device and he knows you, and then he frees you to do whatever you want without having to do anything at all. I don't understand who says that ?looking at the iPhone? is a step that must be counted in the usage process; well, if you can really do things on a touchscreen without looking, congratulations to you.

My last Apple device that allowed me to do that was the fifth generation iPod (video), back in 2006; yes, with Click Wheel physics you could fast forward / rewind music, stop / continue playing and, of course, change the volume without even taking it out of your pocket. You can actually unlock a ?pre-X? iPhone (or any Android) with your finger without taking it out of your pocket, but what about it? Do what with that?

We show ourselves, in the video below, that in practice unlocking itself with Touch ID is faster than Face ID. But this split-second difference is easily offset by the fact that, on a day-to-day basis, you don't have to do anything to unlock your iPhone or even authenticate yourself with apps like password managers, banks / credit cards, communicators and the like. .

Speaking of unlocking the iPhone itself, the only thing I see some commenting as ?I wish for a future update? would be the possibility of going to the home screen of cones without even sliding from the bottom up. The ?problem? of this is very obvious: this way, you would never be able to see the iPhone's locked screen with your notifications, just look at it and it would already be on your home screen of icons. I've seen people saying that it wouldn't be a problem, but it sounds a little strange.

I don't think it's strange, how it would be a ?waste? not to take advantage of the fact that your notifications are now hidden on the locked screen until you look at the iPhone:

And again: the number of steps to access the iPhone X home screen is exactly the same as the previous ones: you just slide from the bottom up, whereas before you needed to position your finger on the Touch ID and / or press the Start button . ?Looking? at the iPhone is not an extra step, folks, not least because you don't have to wait for Face ID to authenticate you to slide; everything happens simultaneously.

Apps that already supported Touch ID authentication work automatically with Face ID, without even needing to be updated. In the case of downloading / purchasing apps or mobile payments (I'm already learning, for when Apple Pay arrives in Brazil), just double-click the side button to confirm the transaction. We show this in this quick video:

I am not one of those who have and / or always had problems with Touch ID. It has worked well for me since the iPhone 5s and has undoubtedly improved in its second generation with the 6s. But it was not infallible and, for me, it was super common to fail, I don't know, 1-2 times a day especially when I was at the gym, with my fingers wet with sweat. No problem, I typed in my six-digit password and went on happily.

Well, Face ID is also not foolproof. But now, for the first time, I manage to spend an entire day without fail. It happens, but a lot every now and then. Improved and noticeable. I also took off my beard and cut my hair, use it indoors or in the sun, in bright light or in total darkness without problems. It works even when I'm wearing dark glasses, although Apple says some models of glasses can block the TrueDepth system.

I tend to, just when I wake up, pick up the iPhone on the nightstand and take a quick look at the notifications. If I still have my head "sunk" in the pillow, covering part of my face, Face ID does not work; You need to raise your head slightly and, yes, authentication happens.

Another annoying thing that Face ID s works with the iPhone vertically. That is, if the screen goes out while you are watching a video, for example, it is not enough to touch it and wait for authentication; I really need to rotate the iPhone for this to happen. Typical thing that should certainly improve in the next generation of the system.

Before you ask me, I get to use Face ID superb in the car. The iPhone is suspended on a stand and completely within my viewing angle. I am not going to say it is perfect, because there have been times when I had to type the password. But it probably has a little to do with the type or strength of the sunlight that is hitting my face at any given time.

Finally, a clarification that we have already given here on the site: it is only possible to register a single face on Face ID because, well, we humans only have one face. Touch ID allowed multiple fingers and many took advantage of this to register another person's fingerprints on the same iPhone (husband and wife, for example), but that was never the original purpose of the thing. If that will change in the future, only time will tell.

Animoji

Of course, Apple wasn't going to invest in both the iPhone X's TrueDepth system and ?s? use it for Face ID. It is also used for selfies in Portrait Mode (I will talk about this later) and also for a new ?firula? that deserves an exclusive topic: the Animojis!

Anyone who saw Craig Federighi demonstrating Animoji on the launch keynote of the iPhone X must have thought, like me, that they are nothing more than an extra typical Apple bullshit that seeks, among other things, to add value to the iMessage network.

This perception is not completely wrong, but in practice the Animojis are much nicer than they look. As the name already indicates, these are emojis (12 different in all, for now) in large and lively versions, which move precisely according to the expressions on our face. It is sensational, full of details; in my opinion, all that remains is to be able to show the animals' language, but I have no doubt that this will arrive in the near future.

By default, you can only send Animojis through the Messages app and they are a maximum of ten seconds long each. But there is already a developer, like the Brazilian Guilherme Rambo, who created solutions exploring Apple's private APIs which allow us to record Animojis through an independent interface and with unlimited duration. There is nowhere to run: either Apple creates an app for them, or they have to give their arm to cheer and allow these apps in their store. something too fun to be restricted to Messaging only.

After recording your message in Animoji, you can obviously send it to any user of iPhone, iPad, Mac, etc. that it be reproduced without any problem. It can even be sent to smartphones with Android, but the message arrives in video format (and not as smooth as in native reproduction).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kkq8a6AV3HM

As we already showed here on the website (and also in the video above), one thing that ?got? with the Animojis was the karaok videos. But this is clearly a passing fever, and it is also rooting for Apple to continue bringing new different characters to the resource.

Screen

The iPhone X screen is also brand new. It has a new size (5.8 inches), a new aspect ratio (18: 9), the highest pixel density ever seen on an iPhone screen (only 2346 × 1125 pixels, at 458 dots per inch) and uses, for the first time the acclaimed OLED technology.

This is not the first product from Ma to adopt OLED; Apple Watches, since their first generation, already used. But, as Apple said in the iPhone X presentation keynote, it is only now that the technology has matured to a level suitable to be incorporated into an iPhone in terms of brightness, contrast and color accuracy, mainly, but also in reducing inherent problems to it, like chromatic changes at certain viewing angles and the famous burn-in.

Who proved this was DisplayMate, a reference in evaluating product screens such as smartphones. For her, the iPhone X is really better seen today on any smartphone.

On the one hand, Samsung should be congratulated for being able to produce and supply a component of such quality to Apple (irony, no?). On the other hand, DisplayMate itself observes that most of this positive assessment is due to Apple's own hardware and software calibration, which is entirely owned by Apple.

iPhone X from the front

In practice, we really have a beautiful screen to behold. The extreme sharpness, the vivid colors, the excellent brightness (although it is not the greatest among all smartphones on the market) and, thanks to OLED technology, we now have ?real? blacks on the iPhone. But, contrary to what many would imagine, when looking at the iPhone X you don't have any ?thuds? and you don't even notice something so different on your screen compared to the previous ones. That's because Apple actually did a calibration to its standard, without leaving the screen overly saturated or something like we see on some Android smartphones with OLED around.

As with the iPhones 8/8 Plus, the X also incorporates technology as a novelty True Tone, which adjusts the ?temperature? of the colors on the screen according to the environment where the person is. I, who already enjoyed the Night ShiftI think this is also very welcome and works wonderfully well, without you paying too much attention to the fact on a daily basis.

To improve the viewing of photos and videos, the iPhone X screen also supports HDR (High Dynamic Range, or large dynamic range). This means that, in these cases, we have images with even greater contrast and more vivid colors. For videos, iPhone X supports both Dolby Vision and HDR10 formats.

What was missing, and that is because the OLED technology that does not allow today, was an update rate at 120Hz with the technology ProMotion that Apple has already incorporated into the iPad Pro. Incidentally, this could be the main reason why we are already hearing rumors that tablets, next year, will continue with LCD screens.

Manufacturing OLED screens (of quality) is also still very expensive and difficult. This undoubtedly raised the cost of manufacturing the iPhone X, but Apple put them at an even higher price level than it could just to slightly reduce the demand for the device and get enough supply to handle it. I will address this issue again at the conclusion of the review.

In addition to the technology used on the screen, the new proportion of it also changes our experience with the device a little. We did a video demonstration:

Briefly, although 5.8 inches are numerically more than the 5.5 inches of the ?Plus? iPhones of the past, as it is more vertically stretched we gain space when the iPhone is in the vertical position, but we lose a little when it is horizontal also, in part, due to the start indicator down there.

For those interested, we made an article comparing numerous screenshots of the system and apps side by side between an iPhone X and an 8 Plus.

Rear cameras

Apple didn't focus on that when it announced the iPhones 8/8 Plus, but, as we covered in our review of them, the leap in their cameras compared to the phenomenal 7/7 Plus iPhones. The specifications have remained the same, but the sensor has been updated and the A11 Bionic chip also contributes significantly to better performance.

In the case of the iPhone X, we have to raise our hands to the sky for having, finally, an iPhone with a ?decent? physical size and which also has a dual camera system. In my review of the iPhone 7 Plus, last year, I placed the second rear camera as one of the main reasons why I finally surrendered to the 5.5-inch iPhone. It is a delight to have a device that allows me to do several things with one hand and that fits perfectly in the pocket of any of my pants. But I digress.

IPhone X rear cameras

The iPhone X not only features a dual camera system of 12 megapixels each, but also comes with a telephoto lens (2x) significantly better even than the iPhone 8 Plus. Its wide angle still has a /1.8 aperture with optical stabilization, but the telephoto lens went from /2.8 to /2.4 and also gained, for the first time, optical stabilization.

In photographic cameras, the larger the aperture of the diaphragm (measured in –stops where the lower the number, the larger the aperture), the greater the camera's ability to capture light without having to raise the ISO too high and thereby generate noise in the image. That is, something very welcome infinitely more than increasing the number of megapixels of the sensor, for example.

For this review of the iPhone X, I will not make comparisons focused on your wide-angle camera. We already did that in the iPhone 8 Plus review and this lens, specifically, is basically the same on both devices. Se houver alguma diferena entre eles, seria algo imperceptvel para colocarmos num comparativo.

Ainda assim, seguem algumas fotos de exemplo capturadas pela lente grande angular do iPhone X. Clique/toque para ampli-las:

Exemplo de foto tirada com a lente grande angular do iPhone X

Exemplo de foto tirada com a lente grande angular do iPhone X

Exemplo de foto tirada com a lente grande angular do iPhone X

Exemplo de foto tirada com a lente grande angular do iPhone X

Exemplo de foto tirada com a lente grande angular do iPhone X

Exemplo de foto tirada com a lente grande angular do iPhone X

Exemplo de foto tirada com a lente grande angular do iPhone X

Aqui, dois grandes panoramas:

Exemplo de foto tirada com a lente grande angular do iPhone X

Exemplo de foto tirada com a lente grande angular do iPhone X

O que vale mesmo analisarmos, desta vez, so os ganhos na teleobjetiva. E, como esperado, eles so visveis.

Dificilmente algum ter comprado um iPhone 8 Plus para depois migrar pro X (ns s fizemos isso porque, bem, o nosso trabalho), ento mantivemos o mesmo aparelho de referncia usado no review anterior: um iPhone 7 Plus. Ainda assim, vale notar que os ganhos aqui seriam em parte perceptveis mesmo do iPhone 8 Plus pro X.

Confira (clique/toque para ampli-las):

iPhone 7 Plus esquerda, iPhone X direita.

iPhone 7 Plus esquerda, iPhone X direita.

iPhone 7 Plus esquerda, iPhone X direita.

Tambm gravamos um rpido vdeo simultneo com o iPhone 7 Plus e o X, andando. Observem como ambos ficam bem estabilizados quando esto na grande angular, mas o 7 Plus fica horrvel quanto trocamos para a lente 2x.

Recomendo ver em tela cheia, na resoluo mxima:

Um outro ganho importante dessa melhoria na teleobjetiva que, vocs devem lembrar, ela a cmera principal utilizada para fotos no Modo Retrato. Ou seja, voc conseguir capturar imagens melhores em ambientes com baixa luminosidade, e tambm com menos probabilidade de sarem tremidas.

Exemplos (clique/toque para ampli-los):

iPhone 7 Plus esquerda, iPhone X direita.

iPhone 7 Plus esquerda, iPhone X direita.

incrvel como, aps tantos anos de evoluo das cmeras do iPhone, ainda estejamos vendo saltos to significativos de um ano para o outro. E desta vez, vale notar, o iPhone X ficou com a maior pontuao do DxOMark entre todos os smartphones do mercado para fotos, perdendo um pouco na mdia geral pro Google Pixel 2 apenas pela sua performance em vdeos.

Cmera frontal

Este review certamente merece um tpico separado sobre a cmera frontal, mas eu gostaria de ter ficado to empolgado com ela quanto vi em outros reviews por a. Sendo bem direto ao ponto: melhorou, sim, mas ainda acho ruim.

Cmera frontal do iPhone X

Em termos de especificaes tcnicas, nada mudou na cmera em si: so 7 megapixels com abertura /2.2. O grande diferencial da cmera frontal, no iPhone X, que ela est ali no meio do sistema TrueDepth. Ou seja, o aparelho consegue usar informaes captadas pelos outros sensores utilizados pelo Face ID para no s melhorar as imagens, como tambm possibilitar, pela primeira vez, que tiremos selfies com Modo Retrato (e com o Modo Iluminao de Retrato, claro) com um iPhone.

Alguns comparativos do iPhone 7 Plus pro X (observem, especificamente, as tonalidades de cores e o grande rudo presente nas fotos do 7 Plus):

iPhone 7 Plus esquerda, iPhone X direita.

iPhone 7 Plus esquerda, iPhone X direita.

Aqui, dois exemplos de selfies com o Modo Retrato propositadamente, mostramos que no segundo a opo ?Luz de Palco? do Modo Iluminao de Retrato no ficou legal, o que no nada incomum de acontecer:

Modo Retrato com o iPhone X

Click / tap on the images to enlarge them.

Modo Retrato com o iPhone X

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Eu no vou discordar com ningum que a cmera frontal melhorou bastante, mas eu ainda acho a qualidade dela bem aqum de satisfatria. muito prtico poder se ver e se enquadrar certinho olhando para a tela na hora de bater uma foto, mas o resultado fica to melhor com a cmera traseira que eu na maioria das vezes prefiro abrir mo disso.

Obviamente, se para tirar uma selfie em Modo Retrato, a no tem jeito: s usando a cmera frontal mesmo, porque ningum tem um brao longo o suficiente para conseguir um bom enquadramento usando a teleobjetiva traseira. A, s certificar-se de estar em um ambiente bem iluminado que voc ter um resultado bem bacana.

Alto-falantes

Desde os iPhones 7/7 Plus, a Apple diz que seu smartphone conta com um sistema de alto-falantes estreo. How? Bom, ela passou a usar a prpria sada de som acima da tela (a que colocamos na orelha) tambm para a reproduo multimdia, dando muito mais potncia ao aparelho.

Eu j no tinha muito do que me queixar em relao a isso no ano passado, e ao que me parece a coisa ainda melhorou um pouquinho mais nesta nova gerao de iPhones. A Apple conseguiu aumentar ligeiramente a potncia e a qualidade desses alto-falantes, e milagrosamente at dar um certo grave a eles.

Obviamente, com a maravilha dos AirPods eu quase sempre assisto a vdeos no iPhone usando eles, mas quando no o caso esses alto-falantes realmente no deixam a desejar. No mais preciso fazer aquele gesto de ?concha? na parte inferior para direcionar o som e, na maioria das vezes, eu nem sequer deixo o volume no nvel mximo.

Drums

O pessoal da iFixit j nos mostrou que, em termos de capacidade, a bateria do iPhone X a maior de todos os atuais: so 2.716mAh contra 2.691mAh do iPhone 8 Plus e 1.821mAh do iPhone 8. Ele, contudo, perde para o iPhone 7 Plus (2.900mAh) e pro 6s Plus (2.750mAh), que continuam venda.

Na prtica, a promessa oficial da Apple que devemos obter, no iPhone X, uma autonomia ?duas horas maior que a do iPhone 7? um tanto subjetivo e curioso, ao mesmo tempo, considerando que a autonomia dos modelos ?Plus? sempre melhor.

Pois bem, na prtica o que posso lhes dizer que no senti nenhuma grande diferena, seja para mais ou para menos, em relao ao que j estava acostumado com ambos meus iPhones 7 Plus e 8 Plus o que timo, pois eu estava com medo diante da promessa da Apple. Deixo o aparelho recarregando na base sem fio da mophie, durante a noite, e uso ele tranquilamente durante todo o dia sem precisar recarregar.

iPhone X sobre uma base de recarga sem fio

Tambm no senti, no dia-a-dia, nenhuma grande diferena no tempo de recarga do iPhone X. Em teoria, ele deveria demorar at mais para carregar pois h mais capacidade na sua bateria.

Fizemos, tal como em nosso review do iPhone 8 Plus, testes comparativos do tempo de recarga do iPhone X usando todos os diferentes mtodos possveis hoje em dia: base sem fio (da mophie), adaptador de 5W incluso na caixa, adaptador de 12W do iPad, adaptador de 87W do MacBook Pro e cabos USB ligados ao MacBook Pro (tanto USB-A quanto USB-C). Eles j foram todos realizados com o smartphone atualizado pro iOS 11.2, que traz como uma das novidades suporte a uma recarga um pouco mais rpida em bases sem fio.

Eis o grfico com o resultado:

Grfico do teste de recarga da bateria do iPhone X

Comentrios e concluses que podemos tirar da:

  • Voc no conseguir levar o iPhone X de 0% a 100% em menos de 2h, mas a recarga com adaptadores de MacBooks a que d mais energia inicial chegando a 48% em apenas meia-hora.
  • Apesar de o carregador do Mac (usamos o de 87W, mas o resultado teria sido o mesmo com o de 61W ou mesmo o de 29W) ser o mais rpido, ele no fica to frente assim do do iPad. Ou seja, se voc comprar um adaptador especificamente para isso, invista no do iPad que bem compacto e mais barato.
  • Incrivelmente, a recarga usando um cabo USB-C conectado ao MacBook Pro com Touch Bar gerou um resultado praticamente idntico ao do carregador do iPad. Observem que a linha amarela est quase toda escondida atrs da verde, no grfico.
  • A performance da recarga sem fio realmente melhorou muito com o iOS 11.2 (no nosso teste do iPhone 8 Plus, que tem uma bateria menor que a do X, levamos 5h para ir de 0% a 100%; desta vez, o processo foi concludo em 4h30), mas ainda bem mais lenta at mesmo que o carregador de 5W que vem na caixa do iPhone.
  • Em todos os testes, observem que a recarga comea numa certa velocidade e, a partir de uns 80%, reduz bastante e vai num ritmo mais devagar at completar os 100%.

Tambm estou curioso para saber se a base AirPower, da Apple, oferecer uma performance de recarga superior a essas que da mophie e da Belkin que j chegaram ao mercado. O grande diferencial dela ser a possibilidade de recarregar o iPhone, o Apple Watch e os AirPods (com um novo estojo que ainda ser lanado) simultaneamente, mas estou curioso para saber se a Apple guardou alguma carta na manga, nesse sentido. Saberemos em breve, quando o AirPower finalmente chegar ao mercado.

Base de recarga AirPower com iPhone X Plus, o Apple Watch Series 3 e o AirPods

S realmente vergonhoso a Apple finalmente incorporar suporte a recarga rpida em todos os ltimos iPhones e continuar entregando-os com esse adaptadorzinho mequetrefe de 5W; um de 10-12W, dos iPads, j estaria de timo tamanho conforme podemos observar pelo grfico acima.

Um aspecto curioso da autonomia da bateria do iPhone X que h muitos fatores em jogo, aqui. Pensando s na tela, temos a tecnologia OLED para ajudar porm uma diagonal de 5,8 polegadas (a maior j vista num iPhone). Todavia, o que mais influencia no todo, na minha opinio, o sistema TrueDepth. Imaginem o tanto de bateria que todos aqueles componentes devem consumir, considerando que so ativados e ficam ?procurando? um rosto para autenticar cada vez que a tela do iPhone X ligada durante o dia. Punk!

Performance, capacidades e conectividade

Se tem algo no iPhone que a Apple ainda est conseguindo deixar toda a indstria comendo poeira, o seu processador. Nesta nova gerao, todos so equipados com o chip A11 Bionic e no nem preciso olhar os benchmarks para saber que ele sensacional.

Alis, j tem alguns anos que donos de iPhones de ltima gerao (quem tem a oportunidade de trocar todo ano, isto ) realmente no tm nada a se queixar em termos de performance. Eles so extremamente potentes e tudo no iOS flui lindamente, sem engasgos ou esperas. No conheo nenhum app ou jogo que realmente consiga pr o A11 Bionic para suar.

O A11 Bionic tambm equipado com um coprocessador de movimentos M11 e ainda, pela primeira vez, com um ?motor neural? destinado a aplicaes que explorem inteligncia artificial, aprendizado de mquina e afins capaz, segundo a Apple, de realizar 600 bilhes de operaes por segundo. Chupa essa manga!

Assim como os iPhones 7 Plus e 8 Plus, o X equipado com 3GB de RAM. Embora haja no mercado smartphones com Android que tm o dobro ou at mais de memria, testes prticos mostram que a otimizao do iOS ainda deixa a grande maioria deles no chinelo em termos de performance de abertura de apps e do retorno a eles sem que tenham que ser reabertos por completo.

Posto isso, devo dizer que minha experincia com esses 3GB de RAM no iPhone X tem sido um pouquinho pior do que eu estava acostumado nos iPhones 7 Plus e 8 Plus. No sei se ainda algo que a Apple precisa consertar no sistema ou um aspecto inerente do novo aparelho (quem sabe relacionado com o sistema TrueDepth), mas na prtica tenho visto mais apps sendo reabertos e sites recarregados do zero, por exemplo, do que antes. Mas pode ser impresso minha.

Assim como nos iPhones 8/8 Plus, no X a Apple agora s oferece duas opes de capacidade: 64GB ou 256GB. Acho excelente, um ano depois de abandonar os 16GB, ela j ter abandonado tambm os 32GB afinal, 64GB so mais que suficientes para a grande maioria das pessoas hoje em dia. Por outro lado, no oferecer um modelo intermedirio de 128GB claramente uma estratgia para forar o consumidor indeciso a ir logo de 256GB gastando mais por isso; faz parte.

Em termos de conectividade, temos no iPhone X tudo o que se pode esperar de um smartphone de 2017: Wi-Fi 802.11ac com MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, 4G/LTE super-rpido (qualquer modelo funciona nas redes brasileiras), NFC, GPS/GLONASS/Galileo/QZSS, etc. Nada a comentar, aqui.

Cases e mais alguns vdeos

Como citei acima, estou usando o meu iPhone X sem capinha nenhuma. Mas comprei e testei, rapidamente, ambas as cases de couro e a nova Folio para ele. Confira a seguir nosso vdeo de unboxing delas:

As cases normais de couro e de silicone seguem o mesmo padro da Apple, nos ltimos anos. Foram, obviamente, apenas adaptadas para as dimenses do iPhone X e para o posicionamento vertical das cmeras traseiras.

Eu gosto de ambas as cases, mas passei o ano do iPhone 7 Plus com a de couro por preferir os botes fsicos dela (no sei se so de plstico ou de alumnio, mesmo). Os da de silicone podem ser um pouco mais difceis de apertar, em certos casos.

Case Folio do iPhone X de frente, aberta

Mas, obviamente, a grande novidade deste ano foi a nova case Folio pro iPhone X. A parte da capa em si igualzinha de couro, mas ela tem tambm uma parte frontal com compartimentos para cartes/documentos e, ao ser fechada, desliga a tela do iPhone automaticamente (provavelmente usando ms).

Eu pretendia usar a Folio por alguns dias para ver se me adaptava, mas no consegui ficar com ela por mais do que 1-2 horas. Ela de muito boa qualidade e ter um compartimento assim timo para quem quer sair s vezes s com o iPhone (sem carteira), mas a parte da frente fica meio ?solta? e achei ela pouco prtica, principalmente para tirar fotos. No para mim, mas uma excelente capa para os desastrados de planto.

A seguir, mais alguns vdeos aleatrios da nossa cobertura:

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muito comum eu escrever concluses de reviews de iPhones falando algo meio bvio: para quem est na gerao imediatamente anterior, as novidades podem valer a pena e talvez justificar o investimento, mas no geral a recomendao de compra fica bem mais forte para quem est h duas ou mais geraes atrs.

Desta vez, diferente em muitos aspectos. O iPhone X realmente um aparelho totalmente novo, e um atual flagship da Apple tanto quanto so os iPhones 8/8 Plus. Eles no foram lanados juntos toa, possuem propsitos e pblicos-alvo distintos, definidos inclusive pelo prprio patamar de preos que ocupam.

iPhones X, 8 Plus e 8

O iPhone X uma delcia de usar. um aparelho bonito, rpido, moderno e muito capaz, com todas as ltimas tecnologias que podemos sonhar num smartphone. Estou, at agora, comemorando o fato de poder de novo ter um modelo topo-de-linha que no seja um trambolho como os modelos ?Plus?. Chegamos ao futuro.

Mas voc gastar (muito) mais para ter esse novo form factor mais compacto, a tela OLED, o Face ID, a nova interface baseada em gestos, a lente teleobjetiva traseira que superior e a cmera frontal com Modo Retrato. Porque so esses, na prtica, os principais diferenciais do X pros iPhones 8/8 Plus.

Se vale isso tudo, algo absurdamente relativo. Por um lado, eu fico ?contente? de o meu trabalho me obrigar a investir todo ano no que h de mais novo em produtos Apple, mas, como citei num podcast recente nosso, me doeu bastante no bolso pagar o que paguei pelo iPhone X. muito dinheiro e, por mais fantstico que seja o aparelho (porque ), um valor que no se justifica para quem faz contas na hora de comprar um produto desses. Por outro lado, se voc pode gastar o quanto for em gadgets assim, nem pense duas vezes.

Todo mundo sabe que a Apple uma empresa que trabalha com margens de lucro folgadas em seus produtos, e assim com os iPhones desde os primeiros modelos. Desta vez, contudo, adentramos novos patamares de preos nunca antes alcanados inclusive nos Estados Unidos. Mas no foi s para engordar a margem: o iPhone X realmente utiliza uma srie de componentes de ltima gerao que encareceram o seu custo e, acima de tudo, a indstria mundial de displays simplesmente no tem hoje capacidade para atender demanda que a Apple teria se incorporasse telas OLED em toda a linha de iPhones, de vez.

Isso tudo resultou na linha mais extensa de iPhones oficialmente venda que j vimos at hoje. Se voc ainda curte o tamanhozinho compacto dos iPhones de 4 polegadas, v de SE; se quer um iPhone grande e com sada de 3,5mm para fones de ouvido, escolha o 6s; se busca um modelo ainda excelente porm no to caro, sua opo o 7; caso queira um iPhone de ltima gerao mas no aceite o preo surreal do X, v de 8; e se voc quiser o top of top, coce os bolsos e agarre o X.

Nos Estados Unidos, estamos falando em partir de meros US$349 (mais taxas) pelo iPhone SE de 32GB indo at US$1.149 (mais taxas) pelo iPhone X de 256GB com este valor, voc consegue comprar trs unidades do mais barato e ainda sobra troco pra capinha. Trazendo para a nossa realidade, vamos de R$1.999 (ou R$1.799,10, vista) pelo iPhone SE de 32GB a inacreditveis R$7.799 (ou R$7.019,10, vista) pelo iPhone X de 256GB aqui, quase d para comprar quatro(!) do ?mais barato? pelo valor do mais caro.

iPhone X sobre a sua caixa

Independentemente de que modelo de iPhone voc comprar, receber na caixa as mesmssimas coisas: o aparelho, o manual com os adesivinhos da Ma, EarPods (com conector de 3,5mm ou Lightning), um cabo de Lightning para USB-A e um adaptador de tomada de 5W. No caso dos iPhones 8, 8 Plus e X, acho estes dois ltimos itens absurdos. Se a Apple est adotando USB-C com toda a fora em seus Macs, como que no vende ainda iPhones com uma opo de cabo Lightning para USB-C na caixa? Melhor ainda: manda os dois cabos na caixa nesse perodo transitrio, ou no mnimo um conversor. Quanto ao adaptador de 5W, eu j havia comentado antes quo vergonhoso finalmente oferecer recarga rpida nos iPhones mas exigir a compra de um acessrio parte para usufruir disso; mais vergonhoso ainda, considerando que vrios Androids j incluem em suas caixas um adaptador pronto para isso.

Vi gente por a dizendo que, se fosse para cobrar o que cobra pelo iPhone X, a Apple devia ter includo AirPods na caixa deles. Eu at adoraria isso, mas preciso discordar dessa reclamao especfica. Se a Apple inclusse os AirPods na caixa do iPhone X, a diferena de preo dele pro iPhone 8 Plus simplesmente deixaria de existir e a a estrutura da linha atual perderia o sentido. De novo: a Apple no colocou os iPhones X num patamar de preo superior s ?por colocar?, e sim porque ela no conseguiria vender a quantidade de iPhones que vende todo trimestre frente capacidade atual da indstria de lhe entregar o que precisa. Aos poucos, chegaremos l.

Pois bem; se voc est receoso com o recorte (notch), com o Face ID ou com a ausncia do boto de Incio, que so basicamente as trs principais mudanas de paradigmas trazidas pelo iPhone X, no se preocupe. Voc far a transio e se adaptar num piscar de olhos. Mas, na dvida, antes de comprar pegue um emprestado com algum que voc conhea ou visite uma Apple Store/revenda prxima para senti-lo de fato em suas mos.

O iPhone X ser lanado Brasil nesta sexta-feira, dia 8 de dezembro.

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O MacMagazine realizou a cobertura de lanamento dos novos iPhones, Apple Watches e Apple TV 4K graas ao Rei do iPhone, assistncia tcnica especializada localizada na Rua Santa Ifignia, 92, So Paulo. Garanta j que o seu iPhone fique novo pela segunda, terceira ou quarta vez. Faa um oramento sem compromisso. Aproveite e tome um cafezinho por l, de segunda-feira a sbado das 9h s 18h, e domingo das 9h s 16h.

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