Enlarge / The iPhone X’s screen fully covers the front of the device — almost. (credit: Samuel Axon)

Apple’s iPhone X has the best phone display I have yet seen, and it strikes the perfect balance between phone size and display size—at least for me. When I handled the device at the Apple event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino today, I was convinced by that display alone.

But the iPhone X is just as much about its new facial recognition technology as it is about the display. It was here that I had more nuanced, or even mixed, feelings while using the device. Once again, the way you interface with your phone has changed—and, at best, it’s roughly as efficient to use as it used to be with some adjustment. At worst, it’s a little less elegant.

But, as Apple always does, let’s start with the design.

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