There are a few things you will notice about iPhone X right away. First, size. The screen size is like iPhone 7 Plus but the phone size is like iPhone 7. Second, the screen. It’s the best and brightest OLED screen available, and other than the Notch, goes almost edge-to-edge.
The next thing you’ll notice about iPhone X is battery life. Or, put another way, the lack of battery life. iPhone X is a battery hog, likely due to all the new tech crammed into it– from the OLED display to the A11 Bionic CPU to the TrueDepth camera sensor array in the Notch, there is plenty of activity to drain a battery. What can you do?
Lesser Of Evils
The 4th thing you’ll notice about iPhone X is how much you use it. You’ll show off Face ID to friends, create twenty eleven Animoji to share with friends and post on Instagram. And the photos and videos are the best ever.
Ipso facto and alakazam. iPhone X is the most usable iPhone ever and that puts a world of hurt on battery life. What can you do?
Extra Battery – I haven’t seen the Mophie Juice Pack for iPhone X yet, but others are available on Amazon, including the Slim Juicer from ZeroLemon which adds a 4000mAh rechargeable battery case to iPhone X. Apple charges $39 for a silicone case so add an extra dollar and get up to 12 more hours of iPhone X battery life. The USB-C connector works but it’s not Lightning.
Other than thickness and weight, there is much to like with a battery case. It’s a case. It doubles iPhone X’s battery life.
If a battery case is the lesser of two evils, then what is more evil?
First, in Settings, switch the iPhone’s screen to grayscale. You’ll find that in General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations. Press the Color Filters option, slide to turn it on, then press the Grayscale to turn it on. That saves hours of battery life but makes the iPhone X’s screen look uglier than the Notch.
Second, use the Invert Display Colors setting. It’s also in Display Accommodations. Press Invert Colors, then toggle it to Classic Invert. Again, more battery life.
Evil, no? Wait. There’s more.
In Settings, scroll down to the Battery option and enable the Low Power Mode. That cuts off all kinds of background processes so apps use as little of the battery as possible. Also, add a white wallpaper. It turns black when using the Classic Invert option and that saves even more battery juice.
Lesser of evils, indeed.
My iPhone X sucked up plenty of battery the first weekend but improved after iOS 11.1 was installed and after I stopped showing off all the new features.