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Yes, the iPhone X Is Worth P64,490-Here's Why

Apple's newest iPhone has killer cameras and a bright edge-to-edge display that make it the best one ever.
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When Apple debuted the iPhone X earlier this fall, stories were written solely about its unprecedented $999 base price and it has recently released the minimum price of P64,490 on Apple's Philippines page. Yes, it's packed with new features, like facial-recognition technology that lets you unlock the phone and pay for things with Apple Pay, wireless charging, and a 5.8-inch, edge-to-edge screen, and wireless charging. But is it worth the price? Here’s why I believe it’s a good buy:

THE SCREEN IS THE BIGGEST AND BRIGHTEST YET.


The most significant design change is that the home button is gone, allowing the screen to reach all four edges of the phone (except for a small notch at the top that holds the front-facing camera and facial-recognition sensors). That means that even though the iPhone X's footprint is smaller than the iPhone Plus model models, at 5.8 inches when measured diagonally its screen is actually the largest of any iPhone. It also has the highest resolution on Apple's first OLED display, which offers better contrast and saturation than LCD screens.

THE CAMERA IS THE BEST ONE YOU'LL FIND IN A PHONE.

Portrait mode, which gives photos a blurred background "bokeh" effect similar to what you’d get from a digital SLR equipped with the right lens, debuted on the iPhone 7 Plus (you can see it in the top-right corner of the photo below). With the iPhone X it’s now available through the dual rear 12-MP cameras and the front-facing camera as well. While Google’s new Pixel 2 gives the camera a run for its money (especially in low-light situations), the iPhone still comes out on top.

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FACE ID IS A GAME CHANGER (WHEN IT WORKS).

Facial recognition is the new way to unlock the iPhone, look up passwords, and pay for purchases via Apple Pay. It's easy to set up and works nearly all the time, but as I discovered when I tried to unlock my phone while wearing a pair of Oliver Peoples sunglasses, it’s not entirely flawless. (Apple says that some sunglasses block the infrared light used by the iPhone's TrueDepth camera, which prevents Face ID from working.) To use Apple Pay, you double-click the phone's side button, authenticate with your face, and then hold the phone up to the payment reader. I actually preferred Touch ID, the previous iPhone's fingerprint scanner system, for purchases, but overall Face ID is a good replacement.

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ANIMOJI ARE ONLY AVAILABLE ON THE IPHONE X.

Maybe Apple planned it this way to incentivize people to make the leap to its top-of-the line iPhone, but Animoji, one of its most novel features, is only available in this model. The 12 animated emoji characters work by tracking facial expressions and muscle movements through the phone's front camera. Because hasn't everyone always wanted to turn themselves into a monkey singing I Want It That Way?


THE BATTERY LIFE IS TERRIFIC.

It's a two-hour improvement over the iPhone 7, according to Apple. OLED displays use less power than LCDs, and even though it's smaller than the iPhone 8 Plus the iPhone X still has a higher-capacity battery.

IT ACCOMMODATES WIRELESS CHARGING.


Thanks to the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X's glass backs, they can be charged without cables. Next year Apple debut AirPower, a charging mat that lets you wirelessly charge multiple devices (like an Apple Watch, iPhone, and AirPods) at the time time. Until then, Belkin and Mophie offer Apple-approved wireless charging pads.

OUR PHONES HAVE BECOME INDISPENSABLE.

In addition to the base $999 iPhone X, Apple is selling a 256GB version for $1,149, and the iPhone X the most expensive smartphone Apple has ever sold. But considering that most of us are glued to our mobile devices for more than five hours a day, we might as well have the best smartphone we can afford. If your budget allows, I think the iPhone X is it.

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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