Apple iPhone X: Unboxing & Review (All Colors!)

by birtanpublished on November 1, 2020

What's going on guys this is Mike the Detroit pork and today we finally get a look at the brand new iPhone 10 this is the 10th anniversary of the iPhone and I think it's safe to say that this is the most significant iPhone to come out in its 10-year history it's a major redesign that also changes the way you use the phone we're going to take a close look at that so there's a lot of firsts on this iPhone it's the first with an OLED display but first without a home button is the first iPhone with a mostly edgeless display and it's the first iPhone with facial recognition replacing touch ID so before we get into

The details let's get to the unboxing the first up we have Space Gray they make it really easy to open these up we have a plastic tab that allows us to take off the plastic shroud now once we lift up the lid the first thing again we see is the paperwork so the phone is actually hidden behind that so the paperwork is pretty basic but it's specific to the iPhone 10 because the iPhone 10 has such a unique interface so you want to take a quick look at those instructions booklet or just continue watching the video to find out how to use some of the new features so moving

Onto the phone itself it sort of reminds me of the jet-black iPhone 7 in fact it has the same glossy finish throughout from the glass to the frame everything has got a really nice smooth mirrored finish but of course in this case it's not aluminum its stainless steel and glass so the back of this phone is glass which enables wireless charging just like the iPhone 8 and a plus in terms of the accessories again we have the 5 watt power adapter but this phone is capable of fast charging if you buy the right power adapter Apple does sell a 29 watt USB C power adapter so this will charge

The battery up to 50 percent in only 30 minutes we also get a set of Wired ear pods along with an adapter if you want to use your own set of headphones so again we do not get the wireless air pods included with the iPhone 10 you have to buy those separately also included in the box is a standard lightning to USB cable moving on to the silver iPhone 10 the unboxing experience is identical the only difference is the color so as soon as I pop open the lid of course you get some paperwork but the phone itself facing forward looks identical to the space grey phone and

That's because we have a black bezel instead of a matching white bezel like we got with previous iPhones but the back of the phone is white or kind of silvery it actually has a very pearlescent look so it's a bit more reflective than the SIL for whites on the iPhone 8 and of course we have that polished stainless steel frame which is quite a bit more premium than the aluminum on the iPhone eight they say the process with the iPhone 10 is very simple thanks to iOS 11 and assuming you have another iPhone running iOS 11 you can easily transfer that

Information to your new phone so it transfers all of your accounts and Wi-Fi settings of course the big new feature within the setup process for iPhone 10 is face ID now because we don't have touch ID this is the only biometric authentication you can use so it will coach you through the process of setup and basically you just move your face around in the circle so it can map your face in real time after that you'll be prompted to restore or set up as a new device you can also enter in your Apple pay information and if you have an Apple watch you can go ahead and set that up

Here as well and of course we have hands-free series so this will train it to your voice just like the iPhone 8 and a plus we also have a true tone display now the best way for me to demonstrate what a true tone display does is to turn the lights to a more warmer color so when you activate true tone or turn off true tone you can really see the difference but basically it reflects the color tone within the room so it's easier on the eyes and generally speaking I really like the feature on the iPhone 8 now both silver and Space Gray have a stainless steel frame but

The big difference here is that Space Gray has a coating on top of that stainless steel which I think should be a little more durable than the raw stainless steel which will scratch over time now I'm basing that mostly on my experience with the Apple watches so the stainless steel Apple watch scratched really easily while these space black Apple watch held up pretty well now if you're worried about scratching the stainless steel a perfect solution is a D brand skin they have a new skin for the iPhone 10 that completely wraps around the edges but if you want to show

Off the stainless steel frame and want something a little easier to install they have one that covers just the back glass and the good news here is that both styles are shipped in your order so you can decide later what you want to do the skin also provides much more grip to the phone which is otherwise just smooth glass and stainless steel and it also keeps those fingerprints at bay especially on that Space Gray model and the good thing about the scan they say that keeps out the dust and grit that might grind against this stainless steel if you had a case on it D brand has a

Huge selection of colors and textures to pick from and you can choose whether you want the Apple cutout or not and if you want to protect the camera lens so make sure you check them out I'll leave them linked in the description below so the camera module along the back of this phone there's a bit different than we've seen from other iPhones so it's arranged vertically instead of horizontally and that's probably because of the true depth camera along the front of the phone which takes up some space at the top of the phone so there wasn't as much room

To orientate this horizontally but that really doesn't affect the way the camera works now everything has been combined into this one module so that includes the quad LED flash the off-center microphone and of course the bezels surrounding the camera does protrude quite a bit but it is stainless steel which keeps it nice and consistent with the rest of the design and unfortunately with that camera bump the phone does rock around on the flat surface because we lost the home button these side buns have been updated with some new functions and some new names so for

Example the power button is now the side button it's also bigger that's because it picks up some new responsibilities and we'll get into that we still have the vine controls along the left side along with our mute switch toward the bottom edge just like the iPhone 8 the Lightning connector does support USB 3.1 for fast charging we have a microphone on one side a speaker on the other side and a matching grill insert that matches the color of the frame very nice detail also extends to the screws flanking the lightning connector and just like the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 8 the earpiece

And the bottom speaker work together for stereo speakers and they sound fantastic and they're louder and deeper than they were before of course Apple spares no attention to details so even the buttons and the SIM tray is also polished stainless steel and if you check the SIM tray you'll see that there is a water gasket around it so just like the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 8 this is ip67 water-resistant so really the big news with the iPhone 10 comes down to the display and the way they've adapted the interface to make use of it but getting to the display hardware this

Is also the first iPhone with an AMOLED display and this is really big news now Apple is calling this a super retina HD display this is 5.8 inches with a resolution of 24 36 by 1125 good for 458 PPI that's the highest pixel density on any Apple device and because this is an OLED display we have a contrast ratio of 1 million to one and that's because OLED is an emissive display each pixel is responsible for emitting the light rather than a backlight like an IPS display so if the pixal is off it's completely black this also improves the energy efficiency of

The display this also supports the wide color gamut of dcpip 3 like other Apple devices and just like the iPhones before it and this is still just as bright if not brighter than the LCD displays of the iPhone 8 with a maximum brightness of 625 nits iPhone 10 is also the first iPhone to get an HDR display and that's thanks to the AMOLED technology with an AMOLED display you get those deep blacks which are needed for that high dynamic contrast although the iPhone 10 did not pick up the pro motion display of the iPad pro with the 120 Hertz refresh rate they've

Increased the touch sensitivity from 60 frames per second to 120 frames per second which might not be noticeable but it does improve input latency there's no question that this is a really good looking display and with OLED that notch at the top of the phone mostly disappears in most aspects of the interface anytime it's noticeable is if you have a white background that fills up the entire screen or the home screen otherwise I think it's pretty smartly integrated into the design of the software although OLED has many strengths there are a few drawbacks one

Of them is the blue shift which is pretty common to OLED panels so when you tilt the phone off axis you might see some color Distortion now it's not too bad on the iPhone it can be bad on some phones like the pixel 2 in terms of size although we have a larger screen 5.8 inches versus 4.7 and 5.5 on the 8 and 8 plus the footprint of the iPhone 10 is much closer to the iPhone 8 so it's really compact for its screen size but it's important to keep in mind that the screen on the iPhone 10 is narrower than the one on the iPhone 8 plus so in some situations the iPhone 10 screen can look

Smaller than the iPhone 8 plus screen especially when it comes to watching video the iPhone 8 plus has a very conventional 1080p 16 by 9 aspect ratio but the iPhone 10 is taller and narrower and of course we have those rounded corners and be not at the top so that means videos usually has to be cropped down to fit the usable area of the screen otherwise if you go fullscreen the notch and the rounded corners make itself known although the display doesn't wrap around the edges like a galaxy s 8 it essentially looks like it's painted right on the glass there's

No gap between the glass and the panel and with the rounded corners and curved glass the effect is especially pronounced as really neat design the iPhone 10 really isn't the first one to push the displayed to the edges like this but it's really the first one to sort of push it toward the corners so that means for the most part the bezel around the entire display is symmetrical there's no chin or forehead and it creates a really impressive look that is until you get to the knotch but that not just also necessary because it's replacing one of

The features we had before which is touch ID so Apple is calling this technology true depth we still have a seven megapixel front-facing camera with NF 2.2 aperture capable of recording video at 1080p but this is combined with other sensors such as a 3d mapping sensor which basically casts a grin on your face using infrared so unless you have a twin or a really sophisticated 3d model of your face you won't be able to use face ID to unlock it now those flashes your scene from the notch are actually the infrared LEDs now you won't see this in normal use this is only

Visible because my camera is picking up the infrared light but this means face ID can work in any lighting conditions pitch-black or bright daylight now with my infrared camera I can actually see how this works so first its scanning for my irises so checking to see if my eyes are looking at the device once it determines that it actually flashes the grid right on my face so if I slow it down you can actually see the dots actually works pretty well so face ID replaces everything that touch ID was used for that includes Apple pay

ITunes and App Store purchases and even bringing up your password so instead of bringing up a touch ID prompt instead it scans for your face there's also a couple new settings under face ID one of them is require attention for face ID so basically this means you need to be looking at the phone with your eyes open in order for it to work otherwise it could just scan the side of your face and unlock it pretty quickly but another feature you can turn on is the attention aware feature which is very similar to another phone keeps track of your eyes so it knows whether

You're looking at the display or not and will prevent it from going to sleep so again that's kind of a nice feature so for me face ID has been extremely reliable it works even better than touch ID and the great thing here is that it requires no involvement for me I just wake up my phone whether I lift it up or tap the screen and unlocks I don't have to touch the fingerprint sensor at all the only time I miss touch ID is if the phone is laying flat on a table and that case is not looking at my face so it can't unlock perhaps the most talked-about feature of the iPhone 10

Is and emojis which again takes advantage of the true depth camera they can find an emojis within the messaging and now each face animates very specific details of your face from your eyebrows to your lips to your ears to the motion of your face and it's really remarkable how well it keeps track of every single detail now each an emoji actually has different expressions so as I raised my eyebrows here on the alien it actually raises up my hairline a bit if we go to the Fox the same thing here the ears respond if I raise up my eyebrows but you can see it keeps track of my lip so

I can parse my lips I can scowl I can smile or I can just shake my head so if you want to record in an emoji you have a record button right here so you can just talk like you normally would it record your voice record up to 10 seconds and will keep track of every single motion and expression pretty cool huh so next up let's walk through this interface which has changed quite a bit so we do have raised awake so it waked up the lockscreen so we could take a look at it and it unlocked for me right away so you can see it's pretty responsive here so if you take a

Look at that lock and unlock saw my face and I'm ready to go so I can swipe up to get to the home screen but before I do that I'm gonna take a look at this lock screen so we have 3d touch actions on the lock screen so you can 3d touch to get to the LED flash for our flashlights you have to 3d touch again to turn that off now same with the camera app so you can 3d touch here to activate the camera app or you can also just swipe on the screen like we're used to to get to the camera app now if you select to the right we still get our widget panel with all of our widgets which you can modify

And then we have our date and time up top we do have 3d touch on this phone in fact we have 3d touch dynamic wallpapers here so if I 3d touch on this wallpaper you can see it animates for me also from the lock screen if you swipe up you get to you notifications and then if you swipe from the bottom you get to the home screen that can be a little tricky until you get used to it so take a look at this home screen the first thing you need to know here is that the home button is now a swipe up gesture so again pretty basic the personally one of my favorite changes with this interface

Is the swipe action to switch between previous apps and it works extremely quickly and reliably to me this is a much more natural and quick gesture compared to what we had before now to get to the classic overview just swipe up and hold until it pops them out and now we can swipe through them so we can go ahead and act the apps we want here or if you tap and hold you can edit this and swipe up so this will close out the app and then we can go ahead and exit this now if you swipe up now this will actually just bounce you back to the home screen

Another big change is the gesture to get to the control center so what you do is swipe in from the upper right corner where the battery status icon is now because this notch takes up so much space we no longer have a percentage indicator with the battery icon in order to see the percentage basically you have to swipe down to get to the control center and there you'll see it in the upper right corner taking a quick look at that control center there is a standing here to know about so if you 3d touch on the brightness slider we have two options we have night shift which is

A feature we've had before but we also have true tones so this is where you can turn that feature on or off and for the purposes of this video I've kept it off now because we don't have a home button we have some new button combinations to remember so they get to Siri what you can do is tap and hold the side button what's the weather like tomorrow it's going to be cold and wet tomorrow of course you can also just say hey Siri what's the weather tomorrow in Toronto in order to power off the phone what you have to do is tap and hold the side bun and one of the bind controls at the same

Time until you get the power down sequence you also have the SOS mode or medical ID info now for screen capture just tap the side and the volume up key at the same time and release takes a spring grab and you can edit if you want incidentally you can see that the knotch and the rounded corners are not indicated on the screen grab there's a few other nice touches to the interface so for example when the apps expand out they maintain the rounded corners until they meet the rounded corners of the display to mean this looks really nice although it's not on by default

IPhone 10 does get reach ability in order to get to it you have to go to settings we have to go to general accessibility and you can turn on reach ability so between the Volk reach of le you just swipe down at the bottom edge of the screen and this brings things within the thumb reachable distance that includes the notification shade or the control center so if the control center is too far for reach that's one way of getting to it now the other thing that might be a little strange that people is at the home swipe gesture moves when you move to landscape orientation so it

Doesn't stay in the same place it moves to wherever the bottom of the screen is and to get to the control center you still swipe in from the upper right corner and you can see resizes and scales for the landscape orientation speaking of landscape the iPhone 10 does not get the landscape apps that the iPhone 8 plus has so for example you won't get a landscape homescreen or a landscape formatted email app the keyboard has also been slightly tweaked to take advantage of the space below its so we now have the dictation microphone and the keyboard selector in the corners

IPhone 10 does come with some exclusive wallpapers but they don't come pre-loaded now they're available from the wallpapers selector under live wallpapers so you can choose one of three different styles they've also updated the dynamic wallpapers for the OLED display so you get a black background which looks a little more impressive in addition to exclusive wallpapers the iPhone 10 also gets an exclusive default ringtone called reflection so let's go take a listen

In terms of specs the iPhone 10 is basically identical to the iPhone 8 plus so we get three gigs of RAM and the new a 11 Bionic CPU with the knurl engine so that's really just branding for it much more sophisticated chip that's capable of some impressive processing power and this combines with a new image signal processor for some really impressive camera performance iPhone 10 also picks up an upgraded dual camera setup specifically the telephoto camera so although we have the same 12 megapixel sensor from the iPhone 8 with an F 1.8 aperture we get a new telephoto camera

Which is also optically stabilized with an F 2.4 aperture instead of an F 2.8 aperture so this increases the light sensitivity of the telephoto camera and with stabilization it's able to keep that shutter open a bit longer also just like the iPhone 8 and 8 plus this camera combines with the a 11 Bionic CPU to produce really high frame rate 4k so this is one of the first smartphone cameras to do 4k at 60 frames per second we also have 240 frames per second slow motion at 1080p resolution now one of the new effects with the latest iPhones the 8 plus and the iPhone 10 is portrait

Lighting so you can actually apply different lighting effects using that portrait mode you can also turn off the portrait or lightning effects after you've taken the photograph or change them if you want a different effect thanks to the treat at the camera we also get portrait effects for the front-facing camera so that includes both a portrait mode and portrait lighting so basically the same effects without the benefit of a dual camera like you need on the back the phone right now it doesn't really look like the effect is working that

Well because it blurs out my ears and the edges of my head so it doesn't look very precise soulfully it'll fix this later in terms of camera quality I really have to repeat what I said about the iPhone 8 plus if you want to check out that video I'll leave that linked in the description below but again we have vibrant colors which is something that the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 10 really improve upon from the previous iPhones previously they were kind of flat of course all images come out really sharp and clear with great dynamic range exposure is just right and HDR

Processing is excellent so it doesn't strip away the color as it used to and just like the iPhone 8 and the 8 plus low-light performance is fantastic that image processor really does a lot of work to strip away any noise or distortion from low-light images so we have excellent sensitivity let's a lot of light into the camera so you see a lot of details sometimes it can be a little overexposed and maybe a little soft and just like the 8 plus with a dual camera we also have augmented reality so a great demo is the sky guide app I use this on the iPhone 8 plus as

Well so the impressive thing here is that it can keep track of distance and objects close to you so that means it can overlay items on the right surface area while ignoring the other so that means I can walk around trees and it overlays the star map only on the sky and nothing else when it comes to battery capacity the iPhone 10 is slightly bigger than the iPhone 8 plus even though the footprint is quite a bit smaller in fact Apple put two batteries in here to maximize space overall we have a little over 2700 million powers in terms

Of bear life the iPhone 10 is slightly behind the iPhone a plus in some areas specifically internet usage end video playback which is about an hour less than the iPhone 8 plus so if you want the best battery life you probably still want to go for the A+ so in the end the iPhone 10 has a laundry list of fantastic features and things it gets just right from the speaker quality to the fantastic OLED display which is one of the best out there and the design is just stunning it's one of those devices you handle and just admire I really like most of the UI changes I think it makes

Using the device a lot easier face ID is also a big improvement over touch ID just for the convenience factor even if touch ID maybe a little more bulletproof and we have one of the best camera systems on any smartphone today now as an iPhone 8 Plus user the only thing that concerns me right now the slightly weaker battery life at least according to Apple but we're gonna have to test this over a long period of time to really see how the battery holds up alrighty guys hope you enjoyed this in-depth look at the iPhone 10 if you guys want to pick one up make sure you

Skin it with addy brand skin to keep it protected I'll leave that linked in the description below if you guys enjoyed this video I really appreciate the like and I hope to see you in my next video

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