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iPhone X review: The thrill is back

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This is it—the iPhone that longtime Apple users have been waiting for. The iPhone X brings back the thrill of the original iPhone, which was introduced 10 years ago. It breathes new life into the product line with an eye toward the future, while providing plenty of functionality for today.

What makes the iPhone X exciting? First, there’s the TrueDepth camera, used for Face ID (Apple’s new security feature), as well augmented reality. Then there’s the OLED display, which is so good looking, you may make the iPhone X your primary device to look at pictures and watch video. And last but not least, there’s the A11 Bionic processor, which brings the iPhone to a new level of performance.

The iPhone X also has a bunch of other great features: new cameras, a bigger screen in a smaller form factor, and a new beautiful physical design. In all, the iPhone X is a remarkable achievement by Apple—and at $999 (64GB) and $1,149 (256GB), one that you’ll pay a pretty penny for.

Let’s go over the main features of the iPhone X. I’ve ordered them according to what I think buyers will want to know about most. You can click on the table of contents links to skip around if there’s a feature you really want to get to.

iPhone X: Face ID

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Setting up Face ID is very easy and takes a couple of minutes.

The iPhone X feature that’s gotten the most attention is Face ID, Apple’s technology for unlocking the iPhone X and authenticating your ID. It replaces Touch ID, Apple’s fingerprint technology that served the same purpose. I’m not going to dive into the details on how it works in this review, as we have a Face ID FAQ that covers that information.

Setting up Face ID is easy. In a process similar to Touch ID, where the Home button records several impressions of your fingerprints, the Face ID setup has you move your head in different angles as the TrueDepth camera system records different spots on your face. It takes a few minutes, and then it’s ready to go.

Face ID only allows a single person to register his or her face. Touch ID, conversely, allows you to register different fingers, which means you can register the fingerprints of other people who you want to have access to your device. This is handy if you’re OK with, say, your significant other having access to your iPhone. Maybe Face ID’s one-face limitation will change if Apple decides to use Face ID on the iPad, a device that’s more likely to have multiple users.

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By default, Face ID requires your eyes to be open in order for it to work, But if you go into Settings > Face ID & Passcode and turn off the Require Attention for Face ID setting, Face ID will work when you have your eyes closed.

I had some concerns about Face ID because Touch ID has become seamlessly integrated into how I use my iPhone. But as it turns out, there was nothing to be concerned about. In fact, Face ID actually delivers more seamless integration than Touch ID.

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