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    • I thought this would be an easy choice because the press was panning the iPhone 8 with headlines like Why No One Likes the iPhone 8. I was sure the X was the phone to have after Ryan Grove said it was the most beautiful thing he'd ever seen and forgave the notch.

      But then Bill Atkinson stunned me when he exchanged his for an 8. He ran a lot of apps side-by-side and simply decided he preferred the bigger screen on the 8. Hmmm, that might be me... And I think everyone was surprised by Apple's quarter and how well the 8 is apparently selling.

      Your thoughts.

    • But then Bill Atkinson stunned me when he exchanged his for an 8. He ran a lot of apps side-by-side and simply decided he preferred the bigger screen on the 8.

      That's weird. One of my favorite things about the iPhone X is that it's a smaller device than the 8 Plus, but its actual screen area is almost the same. Less bulk in your pocket for very nearly the same amount of usable screen area. And the X's display is an ultra sharp OLED with a higher pixel density and contrast ratio than the 8 Plus screen. It looks incredible.

      But the biggest difference is Face ID. I was skeptical when it was announced, but I'm totally in love with it now. I've only had the phone for a few days, but I've already gotten used to pulling it out of my pocket and swiping up to unlock it in one fluid motion, and it works every time. It's so fast and fluid that it makes the old clunky Touch ID home button on my iPad feel like a relic from another time.

      I was certain I would hate the notch, but I don't. While actually using the phone I don't really notice it at all.

      The one thing I'm not crazy about is that battery life is just slightly worse than I was used to with my 7 Plus, but not so much that it's a problem. Maybe a 10% difference at the end of a typical day. I can live with that.

    • Have you used Apple Pay in a store yet? I've read a few reports saying that it feels a bit more awkward with Face ID. Placing the device on the kiosk and using a fingerprint for confirmation seems like it would feel more natural. Maybe it's one of those things that just takes getting used to. πŸ€”

    • Not yet. But I would just pull the phone out of my pocket, look at it, double click the side button, and then hold it up to the reader. Face ID is fast enough that I don't think this would feel awkward, but I guess you do have to actually look at the phone whereas with Touch ID you can skip that part. Still faster than pulling out a wallet and finding a credit card though!

    • I've also had this dilemma for a while. Watched a few review videos on YouTube but at the end it came down to a simple concept. All phones in the future will be edge-to-edge glass. So if you want to get a glimpse of the future now then, without a question, iPhone X is the way to go. For me it was even a simpler decision - I have to design with iPhone X in mind and the best way to do this is to actually use it.

    • Ah, that makes a lot of sense. I assumed he was referring to total screen area, but he's actually talking about usable screen area.

      He's right that the screen is narrower than the 8 Plus and some of the vertical space is taken up by the notch and the home bar. It hasn't bothered me though, and my previous phone was a 7 Plus. But I always felt the 7 Plus was just a bit too large.

    • Nope, I'm not worried. Here's what Apple has to say about Face ID data security:

      Face ID data, including mathematical representations of your face, is encrypted
      and only available to the Secure Enclave. This data never leaves the device. It is
      not sent to Apple, nor is it included in device backups. The following Face ID
      data is saved, encrypted only for use by the Secure Enclave, during normal

      β€’ The mathematical representations of your face calculated during enrollment.

      β€’ The mathematical representations of your face calculated during some unlock
      attempts if Face ID deems them useful to augment future matching.

      Face images captured during normal operation aren’t saved, but are instead
      immediately discarded once the mathematical representation is calculated for
      either enrollment or comparison to the enrolled Face ID data.

    • All this iPhone love. The Pixel 2 XL offers a large OLED screen, and all the Google you could ever need. Since my main apps are Chrome, and Gmail, with a little bit of Google Now and Instagram, the Google platform seems to win the day in my world.
      If you haven't tried an Android in a few years, and particularly the clean bloat-free Google experience in the Pixel phones, you are missing out! :)

    • It's time for me to upgrade as well but I can't decide. I think I'll wait as long as possible and see how the X shakes down. I'm still on an iPhone 5.

    • I just got this off of Mac Rumors and it's more in line with the Apple security I would expect. I'm still nervous about it's security when third-party developers get info but I'm feeling better about it now.

      "Schiller reiterated Apple's Face ID privacy policies, pointing out that developers have no third-party access to Face ID data. As with Touch ID, the facial scan and data points used to unlock your iPhone are stored in the Secure Enclave on the iPhone X. Developers do have access to facial map data through the TrueDepth camera for AR effects, but Schiller says "that's different than Face ID."Β