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Apr 12, 2001

Consumer Reports today shared its final iPhone X testing results, and while the site has given the iPhone X a recommendation, Apple's new flagship smartphone has been ranked below the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus in the Consumer Reports recommended list.

The iPhone X did make the Consumer Reports list of top 10 smartphones in the number 9 slot, but the site says it did not beat out the iPhone 8 or the iPhone 8 Plus because of its poor performance on a durability test. Both the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus better survived a tumble test for emulating real-world drops and fumbles of about 2.5 feet that can result in device damage, despite the fact that all three devices have glass bodies.

After 50-100 tumbles, one iPhone X model suffered serious body damage, while two others had screen defects. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus ended up with just a few scrapes after the test. Front displays for the iPhone X, 8, and 8 Plus all came away unscathed, and the iPhone X did well on scratch tests and water resistance tests.

"If not for the damage in that durability test, the iPhone X would have come in ahead of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus," says Richard Fisco, head of smartphone testing at CR.
Consumer Reports also had some complaints about the iPhone X battery life, which does not last as long as the battery in Samsung phones like the Galaxy S8. The iPhone X lasted 19.5 hours in the Consumer Reports battery test, compared to 26 hours for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and 21 hours for the iPhone 8 Plus.

The iPhone X didn't fare well on durability or battery tests, but it did earn the highest camera score out of all the smartphones tested by Consumer Reports. The site also listed the OLED display and the Face ID facial recognition system as iPhone X strengths.
The rear camera on the iPhone X is among the best we've ever seen. In fact, if you combine the performance scores for stills and video, this is the highest-rated smartphone camera Consumer Reports has tested.
Overall, Consumer Reports continues to rank the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Samsung Galaxy S8+ as its top two recommended smartphones, mainly due to superior battery life, followed by the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone 8 in spots number three and four. At number nine, the iPhone X is at the bottom of the list, but only a few points separate all of the devices tested.

Article Link: Consumer Reports Ranks iPhone X Below iPhone 8 Because of Durability and Battery Life
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macrumors 65816
Jun 20, 2010
People still give Consumer Reports attention?
These drop test are worthless IMO unless Apple or Samsung is claiming you can drop it out of a window and not break.
It's an electronic device. They don't do well very often when you drop them. I've seen enough mixed results on YouTube for these phones to say it's just the luck of the draw on if your breaks or not.

If they were doing drop test on the Samsung Active or OtterBox and other protection cases to see if they lives up to its rugged claims that would be different.

I don't expect a phone with a glass back and front screen to hold well being dropped


Jul 12, 2016
Nonsense. Durability can easily be tested..

In some respects, It can completely be overblown towards what's considered durable based on how the test is subjective. But your ultimately it's depending on what the user is using for protection and the results of the test. They're are too many variables what can happen to a phone in general when it comes to breaking it and they all scenarios in general can't be tested.


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Apr 21, 2003
So they assessed the iPhone X lower than the iPhone 8 for durability based on a test with a high degree of random chance involved, while ignoring that both phones have the exact same back panel material? Did I read that right?!?


Jul 12, 2016
Not surprising.. Apple isn't all it's cracked up to be..

It sounds like you're conflating durability with your dislike for Apple. Those are two different things. Any phone can be ultimately testing based on durability depending on the situation and what "tests" the phone is subjected too.
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