The latest iPhone X is definitely the most advanced yet the most expensive model yet from the company.
The thing is, many of the features have already been on Android phones, and that’s not a bad thing. Device manufacturers do borrow ideas from other all the time, and when they do, we all get a little help. Rather than only having two options for dual-lens cameras, for example, we now have multiple.
So nobody cares if Apple’s borrowing Android phones’ ideas. iPhone X owners will benefit either way. Here’s where Apple’s following, and also where it’s taking the lead.
1. Eliminating the home button
When Apple first introduced the iconic home button in the original iPhone, other phone manufacturers followed. Since then many Android phones eliminated a central home button, incorporating physical or capacitive navigation buttons instead. Some moved to completely onscreen controls.
2. Sporting Slim bezels and edge-to-edge screen
Eliminating the central home button makes it possible for the iPhone to increase its screen-to-body ratio and get a grand edge-to-edge display. In this, Apple is fully on trend. Xiaomi, Samsung and LG are some of the first phone manufacturers to maximize the phone front and unsightly bezels. (Though the iPhone X still has one. We call it the “notch.”)
3. Larger screen display
As a result of slim bezels and stretched screen, Apple could squeeze a larger screen into a space that’s actually smaller than the iPhone 8 Plus body.
The iPhone X is the first time Apple’s introduced a 5.5-inch screen. Android phones have already introduced such larger screens and even crossed that threshold.
4. OLED display
In the phone world, Samsung equals OLED, OLED equals Samsung. Also called AMOLED, the screen technology is prized for deep blacks, vivid colors and some energy savings compared to LCDs. Samsung phones have already incorporated AMOLED screens for years, along with a few of other devices. In fact, Samsung Display is one of the few manufacturers to make the material, and it’s widely believed to provide the iPhone X’s OLED display.
5. Wireless charging
Apple follows other manufacturers here too. All three latest iPhones will have the feature. Apple’s adoption of wireless charging will put some real momentum behind the technology.
6. Unlock the phone with your face
Microsoft left everyone behind when it introduced unlocking the phone with some part of your face when it launched Windows Hello on the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. Then Samsung introduced iris scanning, and then again the face unlock, which the company doesn’t consider safe enough for mobile payments. The iPhone X’s is different, but Apple didn’t come out with the concept first.
7. OIS on two rear cameras
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has optical image stabilization (OIS) on both its rear cameras, which will help lessen shaking when you shoot video and photos and help improve low-light photography. Hopefully, this is something we’ll start seeing on all dual-lens phones. It’s a welcome addition to the iPhone X that the other two models don’t have.
Three iPhone X ‘innovations’
Here’s what the Apple has brought to the table.
1. Portrait mode for selfies
Only the latest iPhone X can blur the background to make your selfies stand out.
2. Making payments with your face
Samsung’s Face Unlock feature isn’t reliable enough to protect your mobile payments, but Apple’s Face ID is.
3. Animoji that mimics your expressions
In iMessage, you can call up the Animoji app. Here you make expressions and turn your head, the animoji copies your moments. The main purpose is to record messages as an animoji, and put them into your message thread, a whole new and cool way to communicate with your friends.