Statement one: The iPhone X is the most expensive iPhone ever built
Statement two: The iPhone X is the best iPhone Apple has ever made
While both the statements are true, it all comes down to the one lakh rupees, does it not? Living in a hostel and struggling to live the last ten days of every month with the meagre amount you have left off your monthly allowance, purchasing an Apple device comes off as exorbitant. Nonetheless, in an era where a greater threat is perceived when there is no internet connection over other things, the luxury of the past becomes the necessity of the present.
The iPhone X – the long overdue brainchild of the late Steve jobs and Jonny Ive has finally arrived. A phone that has been two years in the making and has been the vision since the advent of the company’s first ever phone represents the bridging of the company’s long history and the future of where it can go. However, for a college student does all this matter and more so, should it?
Aesthetics and sentiments aside lets ‘dissect’ the phone shall we? This year’s iPhone in keeping up with its predecessors has been a recipient to very different and dividing reviews to say the least. It seems that the more parts you remove from a phone the more expensive it becomes in the world of Apple. When the headphone jack was removed it hurt almost every single user (and it continues to do so) but we could get behind the reasoning that Apple gave us. But to remove something that represented the iconic feature of the iPhone for the past decade seems…. well redundant. The home button/touch ID continues to be in its siblings this year and forms an argument as to the 8 and the 8 plus being a smarter buy than the iPhone X. The home button is not the only thing Apple got rid of, they also refreshingly removed the bezels (well not entirely) sporting a 5.8 inch Super Retina HD AMOLED screen. The only part to not have this awesome display forms the second major controversial decision – the top notch containing the face ID. Until recently people were getting around to accepting or tolerating to be more precise the face ID until a company of 4 years from China that goes by the name of One Plus decided to drop a phone that’s literally half the price of the iPhone and has a much faster face ID along with a touch ID on the back (as it should have been the case) and the final nail on the coffin – a headphone jack!! Obviously the features of the iPhone X are very good but they seem to come with an asterisk sign that asks us to comply according with what they want and not the other way around. The dual camera setup similar to the 8 plus is among the best in the world, with a 12 inch megapixel snapper and a telephoto lens with optical zoom in another. But the camera bump is much more prominent than it has ever been and it just cannot lie flat and the change in the orientation means that sometimes your finger can get into the snap of your cat or your coffee that you have been trying to take for the past ten minutes. The face ID also introduces us to Animoji, one of the coolest things on the iPhone X but it’s not something that is an absolute necessity. Elsewhere, Apple has finally caught up with the modern world by introducing wireless charging and fast charging. The catch? Neither of these elements will be available if you simply buy (999 dollars is not simple by any means) the phone on its own; wireless charging pads are extra and Apple doesn’t even include a fast charger in the box- you need to buy one which as you have probably guessed by now is not cheap. It seems like this time around Apple has put more than a single asterisk sign on the phone that is more expensive than the above mentioned one plus 5T and the recently released Xbox one X combined…. Yes combined!!
Now comes the million dollar (or 999 dollar) question. How good of a phone is the X for students. Is the 150 dollar price difference between the X and its’ siblings justifiable? Can a student not do the same things that one can do on the X as on an 8 or 8 plus? Would it not be a better bargain to get the 8 and the infamous apple air pods for the same price as the X?
On the grand scheme of things, it just doesn’t matter. This phone too will end up selling. How else can you explain the fact that the most popular watch in the world right now is the watch made by the same company? So while people from both the hemispheres will continue to revere the company and what it sells, one simply cannot ignore the X, whether you hate it or love it.