Everything the iPhone X Doesn't Have

By Tom Pritchard on at

So we've got the iPhone X out into the real world away from the dredges of leak and rumour hell. There's a lot of changes to be had in this new device, some of which are unique and some of which are not. Still, there are still things it doesn't have. Not a lot, since smartphone innovation is completely static right now, but there are a few things you can enjoy if you buy a phone from someone else.

A Back Button

It's been ten years, and yet this most basic of features has yet to make it to iOS. The virtual button that's sometimes in the top-left corner isn't good enough.

A Fingerprint Scanner

FaceID looks great, and it certainly seems to be a step up from Samsung's facial and iris recognition systems, but it doesn't leave much room for giving users a choice. The Note 8 has a fingerprint scanner, passcodes, PINS, and pattern lock options, which lets people do whatever they like.

You could argue that it would be a waste to include TouchID when Apple is so confident in the capabilities of FaceID, but giving people extra options is also helpful. Then again, Apple has never really been very good at giving people the freedom to do things their own way.

An App Drawer

And it's never going to happen. The iOS homescreen will forever be cluttered with app icons and folders that you can't hide without jailbreaking.

The Headphone Jack

You've got three options: upgrade to Bluetooth, buy an expensive pair of Lighting-enabled headphones, or use an adaptor that also doesn't let you charge your phone up.

An Original Design

It looks like a Samsung Galaxy S8 without the Edge display. And an Apple Logo on the back.

QHD Resolution

Resolution becomes a trickier thing to gauge when you're not dealing with a 16:9 display, but Apple's 'Super Retina Display' doesn't match up to the Samsung Galaxy S8 which has the same 5.8-inch display.

The iPhone X has a resolution of 2436 x 1125. The width is what I'm focussing on there, and 1125 pixels wide makes it superior resolution to Full HD (1080 pixels wide). That being said it's still quite a bit less than the QHD in the S8, which is 1440 pixels wide. There's also a difference in height with the X being 2436 pixels high, and the S8 2960 pixels.

So yeah, Apple is still a bit behind when it comes to resolution. Maybe it's time to ditch the Retina trademark and at the very least match up with everyone else.


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