Though the phone is only a bit bigger than the iPhone 6, 7, and 8, the bezel-less screen makes for an enormous size increase.
The new gestures required by the notch mean there's no way to look at my notifications with only one hand, or access the control center. Those are pretty essential functions, and it drastically limits the usability of the phone when I'm on the go or when I only have one hand free.— Dennis Green, Business Insider
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. The narrow aspect ratio of the iPhone X is to make one-handed use easier but the user interface makes two hands a necessity. I swing back and forth between upgrading to an 8 Plus or an iPhone X. I’m torn between the Plus’s wider aspect ratio or getting the iPhone X’s awesome FaceID.
I still think that the iPhone X is the best phone you can possibly get but the size was somewhat of a compromise. I constantly come back to the fact that I wish Apple had shrunk the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus so that the the screen sizes had remained unchanged and the bezels around them had shrunk.
If Apple had shrunk the phone body around the 4.7” screen then one-handed use on the whole screen would have remained possible for most people. Further, a lot of SE owners, like my wife, would have finally been able to upgrade to the 4.7” screen. This group would have been ecstatic.
Also, a lot of us users of the 5.5” Plus prefer this wide aspect ratio because the extra width makes everything feel more spacious. Video detail is easier to see and fonts everywhere are bigger. The 5.8” screen on the X is actually larger and can physically display more data. But due to the narrow width it looks cramped in comparison to the 5.5” Plus.
I compared my phone to my co-workers X and found some interesting differences. All the text and pictures on my 7 Plus were larger. You can see much more content on the X but everything is much smaller. Apple seems to be making an attempt to mitigate this by making the fonts render thicker. The letters look much bolder than on my 7 Plus. It does help somewhat but doesn’t change the fact that the letters on the 7 Plus are significantly larger and easier to read. I can read the 7 Plus without zooming in on the text. I can’t do that on the X which renders its size advantage moot.
Apple tried to split the difference between the 7 and 7 Plus but for a lot of Plus owners it feels like a step backwards. If Apple had shrunk the bezels on the 4.7” and 5.5” phones everyone would have been happy. A lot of 4.7” owners would have upgraded to the 5.5” phone but this would have been offset by 4.0” SE owners upgrading to the 4.7” phone.
If Apple had simply shrunk the bezels on their screens one-handed use would have been possible on the 4.7” phone and would be easier on a 5.5” screen than the current tall 5.8” screen. I thought the benefit of a narrow phone was that it was easier to use one-handed? If I need to use two hands, I might as well get the benefit of a wider screen.
I still think that the iPhone X is the best phone on the market, bar none. It has the best screen quality and I’m seriously wanting that optical 2X camera lens with optical image stabilization. Also, as a runner who can never get TouchID to work after a sweaty summer run, FaceID looks like a Godsend. I just wish that Apple had shrunk the bodies around the screens and not grown the screens to fill the bodies.
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