When it was released in late 2017, the iPhone X was Apple’s flagship that introduced some of the most classic iPhone features today. With Face ID and the removal of the home button, the iPhone X’s sleeker design became the standard for most future iPhone models. 

But after a few waves of new phones, is the iPhone X still worth buying? Check out the pros & cons of Apple’s iPhone X to determine if it’s the right choice for your next phone!

And if you’re already eager to start browsing phones, you can check out our iPhone X listings here.

Apple’s iPhone X: Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Great display. Despite being a few years old, the iPhone X’s OLED display with a 2436-by-1125-pixel resolution is comparable to Apple’s more recent iPhone releases.
  • A telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom in. The iPhone X is one of the few iPhones that have a Wide and Telephoto lens as part of its dual-camera system. Most recent releases have the telephoto lens on the Pro and Pro Max models as the third additional camera to the Wide and Ultra Wide cameras. 
  • Portrait Lighting. Unlike older models, the iPhone X’s portrait mode has five Lighting effects. Its portrait lighting is also fairly updated, lacking only the High-Key Mono effect found in newer models.
  • Face ID. The iPhone X was the very first iPhone to have Face ID and the security feature is still the standard on Apple’s most recent releases.
  • Surgical-grade stainless steel is used for the frame, making the iPhone X as strong and sleek as the newest iPhones.
  • Affordable & high value. As an older model, the iPhone X is a considerably more affordable smartphone option. Its lower price and reliable features make it a smartphone of high value.

Cons

  • Lacks the newer camera upgrades. The iPhone X doesn’t have features like the ever-popular Night Mode nor the advanced bokeh and depth control in portrait mode.  
  • Limited front camera. Compared to more recent iPhones, the iPhone X’s front camera produces lower quality 7MP photos (as opposed to 12MP photos). It also lacks 4K video recording capabilities and cinematic video stabilization. 
  • Older chip. Apple upgrades its Bionic Chip every year, making it faster and more powerful than its predecessors. With the A11 Bionic Chip, the iPhone X is quite a few generations behind in terms of pure power.
  • Weak water resistance. While the iPhone X does can still survive in water, its resistance of a depth of 1 meter for up to 30 minutes is low compared to the latest line’s resistance of up to 6 meters.
  • Shorter battery life. With just 13 hours of video playback, the iPhone X’s battery life is much shorter than newer iPhones.
  • Incompatible with 5G. While 5G isn’t the standard just yet, it likely will be soon. This makes the iPhone X not as future-proof as the newer 5G smartphones.

The Bottom Line on the iPhone X

The iPhone X is a great buy for those who are looking for a high-quality smartphone at an affordable price. While it doesn’t have the most up-to-date camera features or the best battery life, much of the iPhone X’s design is comparable to Apple’s newer models. And being a few years old means that you get most of the innovative tech at a fraction of the cost. 

To find your next iPhone X, check out Glyde’s collection of premium pre-owned iPhones. With diagnostic testing, a 3-month warranty, and free ground shipping, you can be confident that you’re purchasing a high-quality device. You can also join the Glyde Marketplace as a seller and get more for your premium used phone than you would from trading it in!

FAQs: Comparing the iPhone X to other iPhone models

What’s the difference between the iPhone X and the iPhone XS?

iPhone X (2017)iPhone XS (2018)
Water ResistanceMaximum depth of 1 meter up to 30 minutesMaximum depth of 2 meters up to 30 minutes
ChipA11 Bionic ChipNeural EngineA12 Bionic Chip2nd-generation Neural Engine
CameraPortrait mode5 Portrait Lightings: Natural Studio, Contour, Stage, Stage MonoPortrait mode with advanced bokeh & Depth Control5 Portrait Lightings: Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage, Stage Mono, High-Key MonoFront Camera: Cinematic video stabilization (1080p and 720p)
Battery lifeUp to 13 hours of video playbackUp to 14 hours of video playback
Colors2 Options: Silver, Space Gray3 Options: Silver, Space Gray, Gold
Capacity2 Options: 64GB, 256GB3 Options: 64GB, 256GB, 512GB

What’s the difference between the iPhone X and the iPhone XR?

iPhone X (2017)iPhone XR (2018)
Display5.8” OLED display2436-by-1125-pixel resolution6.1” LCD display with IPS tech1792-by-828-pixel resolution
MaterialsSurgical-grade stainless steelAerospace-grade aluminum
ChipA11 Bionic ChipNeural EngineA12 Bionic Chip2nd-generation Neural Engine
CameraDual-Camera: Wide and Telephoto2x optical zoom in & 10x digital zoomPortrait mode5 Portrait Lightings: Natural Studio, Contour, Stage, Stage MonoSingle-Camera: Wide5x digital zoomPortrait mode with advanced bokeh & Depth Control3 Portrait Lightings: Natural, Studio, ContourFront Camera: Cinematic video stabilization (1080p and 720p)
Battery lifeUp to 13 hours of video playbackUp to 16 hours of video playback
Colors2 Options: Silver, Space Gray6 Options: Blue, White, Black, Yellow, Coral, (PRODUCT)RED
Capacity2 Options: 64GB, 256GB2 Options: 64GB, 128GB

What’s the difference between the iPhone X and the iPhone 8?

iPhone X (2017)iPhone 8 (2017)
Display5.8” OLED display2436-by-1125-pixel resolution4.7” LCD display with IPS tech1334-by-750-pixel resolution 
MaterialsSurgical-grade stainless steelAerospace-grade aluminum
CameraDual-Camera: Wide and Telephoto2x optical zoom in & 10x digital zoomPortrait Mode 5 Portrait Lightings: Natural Studio, Contour, Stage, Stage MonoSingle-Camera: Wide5x digital zoom
SecurityFace IDTouch ID
Colors2 Options: Silver, Space Gray3 Options: Silver, Space Gray, Gold
Capacity2 Options: 64GB, 256GB2 Options: 64GB, 128GB

What’s the difference between the iPhone X and the iPhone 11?

iPhone X (2017)iPhone 11 (2019)
Display5.8” OLED display2436-by-1125-pixel resolution6.1” LCD display with IPS tech1792-by-828-pixel resolution
MaterialsSurgical-grade stainless steelAerospace-grade aluminum
Water ResistanceMaximum depth of 1 meter up to 30 minutesMaximum depth of 2 meters up to 30 minutes
ChipA11 Bionic ChipNeural EngineA13 Bionic Chip3rd-generation Neural Engine
CameraDual-Camera: Wide and Telephoto10x digital zoomPortrait mode5 Portrait Lightings: Natural Studio, Contour, Stage, Stage MonoDual: Wide and Ultra-Wide5x digital zoomPortrait mode with advanced bokeh & Depth Control6 Portrait Lightings: Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage, Stage Mono, High-Key MonoNight Mode + Deep FusionFront Camera: Cinematic video stabilization (4K, 1080p, and 720p)Front Camera: Slo-mo video
Battery lifeUp to 13 hours of video playbackUp to 17 hours of video playback
Colors2 Options: Silver, Space Gray6 Options: Purple, Yellow, Green, Black, White, (PRODUCT)RED
Capacity2 Options: 64GB, 256GB3 Options: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB

When will the iPhone X price drop?

No longer sold officially by Apple, the iPhone X can still be purchased on marketplaces such as Glyde. Since iPhones typically see a price drop when new models are released because of demand, a good time period to keep an eye out for is after September, as that’s typically when Apple announces new products.

Is the iPhone X worth buying in 2021?

Yes. With a design that’s still relevant and a lowered price point, the iPhone X is definitely still worth buying in 2021, especially for those who are looking for a quality smartphone at an affordable price. Those who are picky about having up-to-date camera features or the longest battery life may want to opt for the newer models, but for most, the iPhone X will be well worth the buy.

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