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Apple iPhone X

from  $1190+
90
Engadget
Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
90

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

The iPhone X is the most radical change to the iPhone formula ever, and despite some concerns, Apple has built a seriously impressive machine. We love its build quality and comfortable design, not to mention its expansive screen and great performance. The makeover here is drastic, though, and it'll take some time to really get used to Face ID and life without a home button. Stick with it and you'll find that the iPhone X is a surprisingly easy device to live with. Of course, since this is a first-gen device, it has its flaws. Not everyone will love the notch, the interface could use a little more polish, and a bigger battery would've been nice. Suffice to say, the iPhone definitely isn't right for everyone right now -- still, it provides a strong foundation for the iPhones of tomorrow to build on.

Pros
  • Impeccable build quality
  • Face ID generally works well
  • Great performance
  • Good main cameras get even better
Cons
  • The lack of a home button takes some getting used to
  • Not all apps use the whole screen
  • Portrait selfies are hit-or-miss
  • Battery life could be better
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Scores

Engadget

90
 

User Reviews

100
Mike_F
Best phone I've ever used. Great battery life, amazing camera, beautiful display,...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
91
Average Critic Score

Reception and call quality

100
 

Display

96
 

Battery life

82
 

Camera

98
 

Ease of use

85
 

Design and form factor

90
 

Portability (size / weight)

90
 

Media support

80
 

Durability

83
 
 
90
CNBC
The iPhone X is the best iPhone Apple has ever made — as it should be. It's not for everyone, just the folks who really want the latest and greatest and who spend enough time on their phones where $1,000 is worth the price.
 
90
TechCrunch
There are some rough edges here and there. ... But overall Apple bet enormously big on a bunch of technologies all at once on the iPhone X and it delivered almost across the board. It really is like using the future of smartphones, today.
 
90
Mashable
Yes, the iPhone X is expensive and it removes a beloved feature, but it innovates in key ways. It's still the iPhone you want.
 
90
TechRadar
Losing the home button and altering the design was a dangerous move, but one that was sorely needed after years of similarity and the premium design, extra power, all-screen front mix together to create - by far - the best iPhone Apple's ever made.
 
100
Digital Trends
If you’re an Apple fan, this is the phone to buy. We can’t peel our eyes away from the gorgeous OLED screen, and using gestures to move around iOS is pure bliss.
 
90
CNET
iPhone X is an overdue and winning evolution of the iPhone, but you’ll need to leave your comfort zone to make a jump into the face-recognizing future.
 
90
phoneArena
It feels like a prototype for Apple's next-year phone. Aside from $1000 bucks, there's nothing else stopping you from getting a taste of that future, today, but you'll have to put up with the compromises that come with this privilege.
 
90
Photography Blog
Overall, the iPhone X is without doubt one of the best camera phones on the market - and that has ever been - but it has a price tag to match. The device has already sold out, so there’s clearly plenty of people willing to pay it.
 
100
Stuff
If you want the best iPhone, you’re going to have to find the cash - the X has set the bar, and the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus just can’t jump high enough.
 
80
PC Mag
The iPhone X sets the stage for Apple's next decade, with a sharp new design and a future focus on augmented reality.