So the iPhone X is the hot new thing right now. Regardless if you like iPhone, or if you hate iPhone, it is a phenomenon for sure. Note that I am not some sort of crazy Apple fan, who hangs out on iMore or the official forums. Let me know if I missed something, whether its the reason why they are doing this or that, or if I made a mistake in describing it.
First of all, I am quite surprised that they are going with swipe-to-home gesture. Many operating systems with this feature flopped, like webOS, BlackBerry 10, and Windows 8. Personally, I love it, I loved on my BlackBerry Z10, on my Windows 8 tablets and I wished more devices would have that. I hope this will “kick” other companies “in the butt” to ditch the on-screen home button, which does nothing apart from robbing your screen real estate.
Next would be the dual-battery and dual-mainboard layout. Why do you think they opted for this? I honestly have no idea apart from maybe they would get a bit more flexibility in term of where they can place the components, but it is certainly worth taking a look.
Finally, it would be the ever-so-polarizing display. It is regarded by DisplayMate as the best display ever put in a smartphone, in term of color accuracy http://www.displaymate.com/iPhoneX_ShootOut_1a.htm. I dont see any reason why you would need such display on a cellphone, but it is an achievement nonetheless. The idea to make the phone all-screen is also fantastic, to minimize the physical dimensions, as this (almost) gives you iPhone 8 Plus display on an (almost) iPhone 8 chassis. But the notch, oh the freaking notch. And they are not even putting any effort to hide it, leaving it as an unnecessary distraction, and battery drain.
So what I would change is that I would make the clock and status bar to stay permanently there with black background, so its distinguishable from the notch. It will give the impression that the display is smaller, of course, but at the same time, it allows the clock and status bar to be permanently visible, so when playing games or watching videos, you can check the time without really doing anything. Its not like you can get any meaningful content in the “ears” there, anyway.
Apart from that, I think its a fantastic product overall, too bad they didn’t take advantage of the “ears” for something that (IMO) would be a lot more useful.