Tech | November 5, 2017 10:00 am

New iPhone X is ‘Fabulous,’ According to Wall Street Journal Review

Apples heavily-hyped smartphone seems worth the hefty price tag.

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A person films the new iPhone X being used at the Apple Store on Regent Street, London, as the new handset went on-sale in the UK. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA Images via Getty Images)

The iPhone X has arrived with enormous buzz, and according to The Wall Street Journal’s review, Apple’s new smartphone is worthy of that hype.

And that’s despite the X costing a G-note.

“The iPhone X is a huge change—no more home button, no more fingerprint sensor, no more wide-as-a-Costco-aisle edges around the screen,” wrote reviewer Joanna Stern. “The surprise for me was, it’s also a fabulous smartphone, one I can recommend even for its $1,000 price tag.”

Stern detailed a number of reasons why she gave such a rave review and why the X beats out the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus. For starters, the 5.8-inch screen doesn’t have the thick borders that are a trademark of other iPhones.

Most importantly, the X boasts TrueDepth cameras and depth-sensing tech to allow for stunning facial recognition functionality. The FaceID allows security options tailored to the individual user — and also for the more frivolous Animoji, “animated emojis,” that allow for voice and facial movements to be mapped to the character.

And those cutting-edge cameras allow for selfies that have actual depth. “The new front camera array collects depth data used to blur the background around your head, or create dramatic lighting effects on your face,” wrote Stern.

On a less visible point, the phone’s faster processor speed makes a noticeable difference for apps.

“One day, the iPhone X will feel old, but today, at the risk of sounding like a Hallmark graduation card, it’s the start of something new,” wrote Stern.