Lust, and the new iPhone X

iPhone X

The new iPhone— each year, it makes us all rabid animals, clamoring to get the new one for no reason other than to be the cool one that got the shiny new thing. It’s a status symbol, it’s almost always unnecessary— buying one is usually no more than an act of LUST.

Normally, it’s me at the front of the proverbial line (I’ve never actually waited in one of those Apple Store lines, but I have been known to wait up till midnight to order my phone the second it goes on sale), but this time, I’m just not feeling it.

Maybe it’s because this device just doesn’t excite me as much as it should— Apple’s special 10th anniversary “phone of the future” feels:

A bit iterative (edge-to-edge display is already on a handful of phones),

A bit sideways (Face ID accomplishes the same thing as Touch ID, but feels weird and invasive), and

A bit tone deaf (guys, did we really need MORE glass to break?!).

And don’t get me started on those Animojis: Steve Jobs, wherever you are, I’m so sorry.

I skipped the 7 series, so I was still using a 6 Plus until a couple weeks ago… it was geriatric, moving sluggishly and crashing, the battery not lasting more than two hours. It was begging to be put out to pasture. (After years of defending Apple, it really does feel like they strategically brick older phones to encourage people to buy new ones.)

So when I couldn’t take it any longer, I pulled the trigger and used my free upgrade to get the 8 Plus. There are some enhanced features— certainly the camera is much improved and I’m loving the wireless charger, but it feels pretty much the same as the 6 or 7. I was feeling good about my decision— was phone was fast again, and the battery life was great.

But then…

Less than two weeks later, the iPhone X has landed in other people’s palms—  and not mine. I went into a bit of a tizzy about my decision: How could I not have the coolest/newest/bestest phone on the market? What did it say about me, as a person? As a tech expert?

I came to my senses 24 hours later when I remembered all the reasons why I decided against the X in the first place. I reminded myself that my phone does not define me. How absurd a thing to have to remind yourself! But that lust is a decade in the making, and it’s a powerful thing…

I am not one of those people who resists change… I wouldn’t be able to do what I do for a living if I did!  But change has to be for the better— removing the home button and adding Face ID just adds a layer of complexity to my day-to-day phone use… they don’t solve any problems for me.

My actual problems, like battery life, and phone durability, go unaddressed by the iPhone X, all in the name of flashy features that seem to have more to do with Apple being on this new phone every year rollercoaster than the true, magical innovation that Apple was always known for.

The emperor has no clothes. I’m skipping the iPhone X and sticking with the 8 Plus, and also, for the first time in my smartphone history, seriously considering a move to Android.

Are you an Apple fanatic? How are you feeling about the new iPhone X? Let’s discuss in the comments.

4 comments on “Lust, and the new iPhone X”

  1. Hi Carley, I have just visited the Apple store in the lovely city of Bath 🇬🇧.. I have just had a little play and went through the Face ID and swiping up and so on. i have been a iphone user since the 4 and I’m currently on a 6.

    I to have skipped a few models and I’m now wondering about getting a galaxy note 8 but i wonder if I could ever make that decision to jump to Android! Any way I’m sure In time I will find the way to leave my iPhone 6 in the draw and head to the other galaxy 🙂x

  2. As a diehard Samsung user…like, it’s all I’ve ever owned and I bought every new version until this year…the whole battery exploding thing got to me. Then, I started a new job at a company where I was the ONLY person still using a PC and an Android phone. This caused waves because I wasn’t able to be on “group texts” or access the company calendar, both of which seem lame to me because Google cal is great and I have no desire to have my phone ding for a group text. Anyways, they implored me to buy an iPhone so I figured go big or go home and bought the X. Meh. I still don’t “get it” and I miss the systems that I had in place on my Samsung. I’ve yet to go anywhere fabulous and use the camera features. I can’t figure out how to make it be quiet even though I keep hitting the volume to “mute” and it took me 15 minutes to figure out how to turn it off at night while I charged it only to watch it turn right back on while charging??!!! WTF? Especially, because I can’t make it be quiet.
    My company seems happy now so I’ll be sticking with it for a minute.

  3. I have the 6+ and it is still working, although the battery life is terrible and it is starting to get sluggish. I have NO desire to get rid of my home button to go to the X. I also don’t want to jump back to Android – I had NOTHING but problems with them for YEARS until I changed to iPhones! I won’t go back! Plus having an iPad and MacBook Air, why would I use an Android phone? Also Android’s are MUCH more prone to getting viruses.

  4. Hi Carley,
    I recently upgraded from the iPhone 6 to the 8 plus. It was a tough decision. Like you, I needed better battery life and I wanted a better camera. I don’t want to bother with Face ID, or be distracted by animojis. It will take me months to integrate the new iOS 11 features into my daily phone usage, so I don’t want or need the added hassles of learning even more details of use with the X . I just can’t see an upside Also, I’m not sure I would like the 9:18 aspect ratio. Like yourself, I too considered an Android but I since I have an IPad and an MacBook Pro, I fear that I will cause myself more hassles by switching . I would like your thoughts on that.
    I am very happy with my decision to purchase the 8+. I am glad to know that I am not the only one who has struggled with this decision.

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