TEN years ago, Steve Jobs promised to 'reinvent' the phone when he unveiled the first iPhone with its 8.9cm display, 320 by 480 resolution and two megapixel camera.

In reality, Apple did a lot more than that - changing forever the way we go online, interact, take photos, watch videos, play games and pay for things.

The iPhone X takes that revolution to a whole new level with Face ID, an incredible TrueDepth camera, augmented reality and animated emojis.

The iPhone X's neural engine is capable of 600 billion operations a second.

The beauty of most of its sophistication, however, is you don't need to know the mind-numbing processes going on under the hood. It just works. Very quickly and efficiently.

Much has been written about its Face ID system, which projects 30,000 dots each time you open your phone. But that's only part of the story.

The TrueDepth camera - and the opportunities it opens for developers - is arguably the unsung hero of the phone.

The iPhone X features 12MP dual cameras with beautiful portrait effects on the front and rear cameras. The telephoto camera, with its f/2.4 aperture, is better than that on the iPhone 8.

Portrait lighting uses facial landscaping and depth maps to capture portraits with shadows and spotlight effects. The blurred Bokeh effect is now available for selfies.

That same clever technology powers the expressive Animoji - characters that move as your face does and allow you to send very cute messages to family and friends.

That facial 'mapping' also allows you to superimpose yourself into scenes from around the world - not quite as fun as travelling there - but a lot quicker and cheaper.

When it comes to everyday handling, the iPhone X is easier to hold than Samsung's Note8, yet still packs a 14.7cm super retina display.

The display is more natural looking than that of many rival phones with truer skin tones. But on some things, such as watching Netflix, the Note8 is a tad more exciting.

Apple's iPhone X.
Apple's iPhone X.

Samsung and Android fans have mocked Apple for only 'catching up' with its technology, particularly the curved full screen displays, which have been out for many months.

Apple argues it has gone further with its OLED screen with an HDR display with a million to one contrast ratio and the industry's best colour accuracy.

The loss of the Home button means you have new ways to interact with the iPhone, something that took me less than a day to get used to.

To open it, you simply raise your iPhone and look towards it and then swipe up from the bottom. The same swipe action returns you to home base.

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Opening your control centre is just as easy - you just swipe down from the top right edge.

Apple Pay is just a double-click on the side, and Siri is also a button press away.

To scroll through apps already open, you slowly swipe up from the bottom edge, pausing to show the app switcher - something that takes a little longer to get the hang of.

With an upfront price tag ranging from $1579 to $1829, the iPhone X is expensive.

But so is anything that is at the top of its class.

WHAT WE LOVE

Phone size is perfect - big screen but easy to hold

FaceID works quickly and well

New user experience is quick to pick up

Photography has gone to a new level, particularly for selfies

WHAT WE DON'T LOVE

Expensive

Still not fully waterproof

iPHONE X SPECS

14.7cm all-screen OLED, HDR display

2436-by-1125-pixel resolution at 458 ppi

1,000,000:1 contrast ratio

True Tone display

Cameras: 12-megapixel wide-angle and telephoto

Wide-angle: ƒ/1.8 aperture

Telephoto: ƒ/2.4 aperture

Optical zoom 2x; digital zoom at up to 10x

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