Consumer Reports Rates iPhone X Lower Than 8, 8 Plus in Testing

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According to Consumer Reports, the iPhone X scored lower points than the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus mainly because of its weaker durability.

As for the iPhone X, it came in ninth place, barely managing to land a spot in the top 10 and ranking lower than the Galaxy Note 8, which is more or less its biggest rival in the industry.

The results found that the iPhone X can last up to 19.5 hours, the iPhone 8 and SE for 19 hours and a staggering 21 hours for the iPhone 8 Plus.

While the iPhone X did well on scratch tests and water resistance tests, it did not fare well in terms of battery life. The site said the iPhone X's display excelled because of its overall brightness, vibrant colors and deep black levels. And while you don't get the familiar Home button, you pick up a decent amount of screen space in a phone that's significantly smaller than the 7 Plus and 8 Plus.

Based on the company's testing, the good points of the iPhone X include its superb camera, which is still rated as one of the best of the best in the game.

The Face ID also gave the iPhone X a boost. The site said the feature's setup and unlocking process was "quick and easy".

CR has pointed out that while there is nothing wrong with either iPhone 8 model, there seems to be differences in battery life and durability that may not even apply to real world usage.

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While Consumer Reports called the iPhone X an "innovative device with a fantastic camera and attractive display" and mentioned it in the recommended list, it lost out to its predecessors, iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus in a full comparison of the phones in the durability test category. The device survived four falls on a concrete surface from a height of five feet.

When subjected to shock 50 times, the display of two out of three iPhone Xs no longer worked properly, and the back of the phone broke when it was dropped 100 times. Though the front glass didn't crack, several bright green bars stretched across the screens from top to bottom.

"If not for the damage in that durability test, the iPhone X would have come in ahead of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus", said Richard Fisco, Consumer Reports' head of smartphone testing.

Durability is something to think about if you're considering a purchase of the iPhone X. The phone isn't just expensive to buy; it's also unusually pricey to fix.

"The same damage to the display and back panel cracking were also found during our previous test of the Galaxy S8", Consumer Reports explained, adding, "However, it is more expensive to fix the iPhone X, US$279 for the display and US$549 for the other components including the rear glass to be specific".

Full results can be read here.

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