iPhone X Review

I’ve had it for a week now, the phone that was anticipated to be the greatest smartphone yet designed, and have to say that I am extremely impressed. It really does match the expectations. FaceID is wonderful, and works so much better than I ever thought it would. It just seamlessly unlocks, even at night time, where it uses the limited screen brightness to unlock the phone. (It really surprises anyone who sees you use it with Apple Pay), the screen is incredible and the overall build quality is outstanding.

The main highlights for me in terms of day-to-day use are definitely the camera, which is without doubt the best I have ever used, and gives others the impression that I am a much better photographer than I really am. Photo file sizes are extremely large (one portrait photo can be almost 100Mb).

A low-res version of a portrait photo of our cat taken with the iPhone X

I’ve been very pleasantly surprised by the battery life,  now I understand that it is still brand new, but it is so lovely to have a phone that I don’t have to charge every night! After moving from the iPhone 6S running iOS 11 where I was lucky to get to mid-afternoon with any battery left to now getting to the end of the day and still having 70+ % remaining is wonderful. I’ve been only charging it every other day. Finally not having to worry about if there is enough battery left to display boarding passes to get on flights at the end of a work day is fantastic.

Another favourite feature I’ve found so far – Bluetooth. I’m not sure how Apple has achieved it, or if it is just a side-effect of the faster processor in the new phone, but Bluetooth pairing seems to take a fraction of the time that it used to. The Bluetooth sound quality seems slightly improved too, the only minor down-side of the speed increase appears to be that the range is slightly decreased from the older devices.

As a test I tried going back to the iPhone 6S for a few hours, and having to have a physical button to press feels positively clunky, as does the iOS 11 experience after seeing how fluid and vivid it is on the new phone.

In summary, it is insanely expensive, but this is the Concorde, the CD in the world of cassettes, sliced bread, the revolutionary iPod, and like me, I suspect that once you have used one, you won’t ever be persuaded to go back to a lesser phone.

Mobile phones could run for months between charges

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The iPhone - currently the major draw-back is the short battery life - could this all change?

I found a fantastic article about the future of mobile phone batteries! Hurry up and provide some major funding to these researchers Apple – how fantastic would it be to have an iPhone that can last more than 1 day without charge!

A team of electrical engineers at Illinois University in the US believe their   method will enable mobiles and laptops to run for up to 100 times longer   between charges.

It focuses on changing the way a device’s digital memory works, as this   consumes much of the charge.

At the moment mobile phone memories contain thin metal wires. Every time   information is accessed, electricity is passed through them to retrieve the  data.

The electrical engineers thought that if the size of the components used to   store and retrieve the information could be reduced, so could the amount of   electricity.

They have discovered a way of using carbon nanotubes – tiny tubes 10,000 times   thinner than a human hair – instead.

Feng Xiong, a graduate student on the team who was lead author on a paper, to   be published in the journal Science, explained: “The energy   consumption is essentially scaled with the volume of the memory bit.

“By using nanoscale contacts, we are able to achieve much smaller power   consumption.”

Prof Eric Pop, who led the project, said: “I think anyone who is dealing with   a lot of chargers and plugging things in every night can relate to wanting a   cell phone or laptop whose batteries can last for weeks or months.”

He thought that the method could improve a mobile phone’s efficiency so much   that they could be made to run simply by harvesting heat, kinetic energy or   solar energy.