While watching the iPhone launch presentation several months ago, I had a bad feeling that Apple might ruin this amazing design the same way Samsung did a few years back on their Samsung S6. In order to make way for wireless charging, Samsung used glass for the front and back covers. While wireless charging sounds like a innovative feature, I'm not willing to give up device strength to get it. Apple specifically stated that this was the strongest glass they have ever used during the launch. I've been monitoring the internet chat rooms and have found that this claim may be totally bogus. In fact, CNET did a recent drop test from 3 feet, the typical distance these devices fall and the results were very disappointing to say the least.
Here's the reality... You have to be a total idiot not to put this device in a case and add a screensaver. Doing so totally defeats the purpose of buying a sexy device like this. That's because after the bulky case to protect it, it's bigger, not as pocket friendly, and no longer has the sex appeal. Even worse though is the fact that AppleCare does not cover accidental drops. That means at best, a $250 screen replacement, at worst, a $550 charge to fix major damages. That's the cost of a new iPhone 7.
As a T-Mobile subscriber, I have another problem. T-Mobile spent $8 billion dollars to win the FCC spectrum auction early this year. They will be the only major carrier to operate on 600mHZ. Anyone savvy with wireless bandwidth knowledge quickly realizes the lower the frequency, the better the indoor and underground coverage will be. Who doesn't want better indoor coverage? LG was the first company to make a device that supports TM's 600mHZ. Samsung's newest Galaxy S8 Active also supports it. So why doesn't the Apple iPhone X support it this? Maybe because they felt it better to leave this for the next iPhone Xs in May? While I'm waiting for everything to shake out, I'm going to pick up the Android version of the iPhone X, the SAMSUNG S8+ and give the "Darkside" a try again.
Joel Saltzman has over twenty years of wireless industry experience. He is currently CEO and Chief Wireless Analyst for Dr Wireless.