Arriving Today, Apple’s iPhone X Earns Solid Reviews

Despite months of speculation that Apple might stumble with this year's new phones, the past 24 hours have brought positive news for the tech giant: revenues are up, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus sales are strong, and buyers around the world are lining up in droves for the iPhone X, which arrived in stores today.

While Apple has described the iPhone X (pictured above) as "the future of the smartphone," reviews so far indicate users aren't finding the device quite as revolutionary as promised. However, most are giving Apple's flagship phone a solid thumbs up.

In its Q4 2017 earnings call yesterday, Apple also reported that the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus quickly became the company's best-selling models after they were released in September. However, that's likely to change with the iPhone X sales starting today.

Key Features: OLED Display, Face ID

Wired today gave the iPhone X a score of 9 out of 10, praising the device for its "gorgeous design," excellent cameras and well-executed Face ID, Apple's new facial recognition technology for biometric security. Wired's biggest criticism: the phone's $1,000-and-up price.

CNET also loved the design of the iPhone X, while noting that many of the new usability features took awhile to get used to. It also singled out the device's OLED display -- a first for an iPhone -- for its vividness.

In its review, Ars Technica added that the iPhone X's display, which is nearly all screen save for a distinctive notch at the top to accommodate the front-facing camera, "generally succeeds at reducing barriers to our relationship with digital content and functions." The phone's other top two advances was the facial recognition technology and suite of sensors and software to "deliver the first great, viable, mass-market AR [augmented reality] platform," according to Ars Technica.

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