UWF student and alum share experiences with iPhone X

By Morgan Givens
Staff writer

The fruits of Apple’s labor have produced some of the world’s most widely used and popular technology. Ten years after the first iPhone has been released, the tech company released the iPhone X (or iPhone 10) on Nov. 3 with a retail price starting at $999.

Even with the high price tag, a few UWF students have upgraded to what Apple calls the most ambitious cell phone ever made, including electrical engineering major Nabil Asfari, who enjoys the new features the device has.

“I think the iPhone X a phenomenal phone with amazing durability.” Asfari said, “I think once apps finally adapt the new look and layout it’s going to be an amazing phone for anyone who wants it.”

UWF electrical engineering major Nabil Asfari has an iPhone X and says he enjoys its new features. (Photo by Morgan Givens)

In terms of appearance, the iPhone X sets itself apart from its predecessors, with the 5.8-inch display covering most of the front of the phone. The screen size and coverage compete with the Samsung Galaxy S8, which released earlier this year and has been commended by tech reviewers for the front display.

Another key feature that Apple boasted about the iPhone X is the new Face ID recognition system. With the introduction, a few years ago of the user’s fingerprint as a security method, the iPhone X now allows its owners to unlock, authenticate, and even make payments by using their faces. This technology is possible because the front-facing camera maps and analyzes the user’s face to create a precise image that can be used to unlock the phone.

The other feature that is always showcased with every new iPhone release is its camera. The iPhone X has once again improved on their camera technology to where it can begin to enter the realm of competing with digital cameras.

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The 12-megapixel camera on the back of the phone features depth-sensing technologies that effectively blur out the background of the subject, which is important to many photographers. The portrait mode also delivers stunning images, even in beta mode. Former UWF student Victoria Mausteller expressed that the camera was the best part about the iPhone X.

“The portrait mode on the iPhone X is amazing,” Mausteller said, who ended up returning her phone. “I used it a lot on my kids, and the camera was the best part about the phone, but not for the amount of money I spent on it.”

Mausteller is one of many who believes that the iPhone X is overpriced, especially with some of the cons that come with the new phone. With the new display being mostly screen, Apple has eliminated the home button that has been on every iPhone since the first edition. This has caused problems crashing out apps and the lack of a now normalized fingerprint security.

Former UWF student Victoria Mausteller baought the iPhone X but returned it; however, her favorite part of the ohone was the camera. (Photo courtesy of Former UWF student Mausteller)

And although the Face ID is formed from face mapping technology, claiming to make a singular image to use, there have already been stories of phones being unlocked from faces other than the owner of the phone. After the iPhone 7 was released in 2016, this has been the second year in a row with iPhones with no headphone jack.

Along with the iPhone X, Apple also released the iPhone 8 to consumers at a lower retail price of $699 or $799 for the 8 Plus version. Both the X and 8 share the same A11 Bionic chip, which Apple claims to be up to 70 percent faster than the A10 chip in the iPhone 7. The iPhone 8 also includes wireless charging, which is a feature that iPhones are attempting to catch up to tech rival Samsung.

So, with the new specs and the presentation as a revolutionary device, is the phone worth the price? Being the owner of the phone for almost a week, Asfari says that the phone is not perfect, but it paves the way phones are used and design for the future since they are such an intricate part of everyone’s lives.

“Is it worth the price tag? Maybe not if paying in full price,” Asfari said. “But if getting it through a carrier, some offers make it cheaper in the long run.”

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