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Hands-On with the iPhone X: Our First Look at Face ID, Animoji, and More

Hands-On with the iPhone X: Our First Look at Face ID, Animoji, and More
From Wired - September 12, 2017

For a brief moment, inside the Steve Jobs Theater at the new Apple Park campus in Cupertino, I was a poop. Then I was a chicken. Then a panda. I liked being a panda. In every case, all I had to do was stare into the front-facing camera of the iPhone X and make some faces.

The iPhone X was the star of today's action-packed announcement, and after spending a few minutes with it I understood what Tim Cook meant when he called it "the future of the smartphone." Apple's not the only company betting on this version of the future, where phones have amazing cameras and no bezel, but it's doing a lot of things right.

Here's what I know so far: The X feels like it's exactly the right size. In my hand it's about equal to the iPhone 7 (not the Plus, the smaller model) despite having a 5.8-inch screen running from corner to corner. It's a little heavier and sturdier than the 7, but not much, and if anything it feels a little more stable as a result. It's an absolutely beautiful device, especially in black.

The screen looks fantastic, deeper and brighter than any iPhone I have ever seen. I do not really notice the added resolution, but that's not a bad thingno one complains about the iPhone's resolution now. My eye was definitely drawn to the notch in the top, particularly when watching a full-screen movie, but it did not really cause any problems.

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