Apple is at it again, with yet another iPhone model, the iPhone X. As the name implies, Apple has designed the iPhone X to be definitively different from previous models. Perhaps you’re wondering if it’s time to upgrade to the latest iPhone or perhaps you’d like to survey the field. Today, we’ll look at some of the pros and cons of iPhone X specifically as relates to inspections.
Pros of Using the iPhone X for Inspection
As you might expect, most of the pros of the iPhone X have to do with all of its new and enhanced features.
1. Camera. The new iPhone camera works better in low-light conditions while still having industry-standard 12-megapixel clarity. In rare conditions, if it’s dark and you can’t use the flash, you may be able to get better pictures. However, the difference will be more a matter of aesthetics, as opposed to adding to what is required for legal inspections.
2. Screen. The iPhone X has a side to side touchscreen that you move around in a more intuitive way, with gestures instead of function buttons. The screen is hardy and water-resistant, but you should still use additional casing to keep the phone safe and secure.
3. Face ID. Here’s one of those possibly helpful but possibly problematic features, especially if you have multiple users sharing the same phone on the same account. Face ID lets you log in to the phone by having it scan your face rather than entering an unlock code.
Cons of Using the iPhone X for Inspection
1. Interface. As part of the overhaul, the new iPhone gets rid of the function buttons including the home key. It also drastically changes the way apps appear on your screen. As such, if you do decide to change, plan to take a couple of hours to adjust your apps and get acclimated.
2. Cost. At a thousand dollars a piece, you definitely want to think hard before making this investment, especially if you need to buy more than one.
3. Functionality. When it comes to building and room inspection, you really need to perform only a handful of actions. You want to take pictures, record measurements, and check that work has been done. For that purpose, the new interface really doesn’t add any useful functions. In fact, it may even work against you.
4. Because It’s New. Last but not least, a piece of advice: if at all possible, never buy hardware in the first six months or so after release. If you can, wait up to a year, especially if it’s something you really think you’ll like. Why do we say this? Even though designers do everything they can to test out new models, no amount of factory testing will ever equal the kind of results you get from thousands of users going about their daily lives. Remember the Note 7, for example? After some time goes by, the reliability of devices go up at about the same time that the price starts to go down. After that, the shiny newness will wear off and the iPhone X may (or may not) turn out to be exactly what you need: a useful tool.
In the end, the iPhone X is a great piece of equipment, one which looks like it will move the mobile phone industry forward as a whole. That said, it is also at the moment a piece of hardware still in its trial phase, still largely appealing to individual users who want the latest and greatest and don’t mind paying the price to get it. That’s great for personal and recreational use. For business purposes, on the other hand, you really want something affordable and reliable. In terms of digital inspections, best to stick with what you know will work, with tried and true devices that do what you need them to do – and do it well.