iPhone X first impressions: The 10 year itch

Dear friends and SlashGear readers, if you pre-ordered the iPhone X in time for delivery on November 3, or even within a week of that, congratulations. If you didn’t pre-order for whatever reason, and have even the slightest interest in Apple’s new flagship, then I’m very sorry to tell you that when your friends, family, and colleagues show up with their shiny new iPhone X, you’re really going to wish you did. As of writing, the current shipping estimate is five to six weeks out. It’s time to cash in whatever connections, favors, or blackmail material you have with your carrier’s rep to have them set aside a unit for you. Either that, or get in line to buy one at an Apple Store this Friday. Trust me, it’s worth it.

As far back as I can remember, Apple has never showcased a new, unreleased iPhone in its stores ahead of launch day. So, like most of you, since I wasn’t at the iPhone X’s media event it’s only now that got to hold it in my hands. My overriding first impression is that neither product shots nor any of the video from Apple or others do this phone justice. In particular, the gorgeous 5.8-inch Super Retina 2436 x 1125 resolution display, with its 458 pixels per inch (ppi) density.

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