Consumer Reports Ranks iPhone 8 and 8 Plus Ahead of Phone X Due to Battery Life and Durability


Consumer Reports, which has been putting the iPhone X through its paces since launch, is confident enough in the handset to recommend it to potential smartphone buyers, and eve place it in the Top 10 list of new devices for the year.

However, now that the testing is finished, the iPhone X has apparently fallen in a spot behind not only the Samsung Galaxy S8+, but also the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. Based on their tests, when it comes to battery life and durability, the new flagship smartphone from Apple trails behind these aforementioned handsets.

Consumer Reports does tumble tests for smartphones, basically aiming to simulate real world scenarios where a device might be dropped. That means dropping a phone in various ways, and making it land at different angles, from a height of around 2 and a half feet. Interestingly enough, the results show that despite having similar designs and materials, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus came out a little more less damaged than the iPhone X.

In the tumble tests, which sees up to 100 drops, the iPhone X showed significant body damage, with the back splintered in major ways. Two testing units actually had screen defects after the drop tests as well. The same tests did not show nearly as much damage as the iPhone X, however. And the three smartphones had relatively little damage on the front displays.

“The goal of all that repetition is to expose the phone to impacts from a wide variety of angles.

We tumbled three samples of the iPhone X. The first was fine after 50 drops, but the glass on the back was significantly cracked after 100. The other two phones ended up with malfunctioning displays after 50 drops. Though the front glass didn’t crack, several bright green bars stretched across the screens from top to bottom.”

Meanwhile, in the battery life department, the iPhone X managed to edge out the iPhone 8, however it paled in comparison to the iPhone 8 Plus — and especially the Galaxy S8+ from Samsung:

“The robot browses the internet, takes pictures, uses GPS navigation, and, of course, makes phone calls. We run all smartphone battery tests with the display set to 100 percent brightness. If you use any phone’s auto, or adaptive, brightness, the battery should last longer.

In our testing, the iPhone X’s battery lasted 19.5 hours. That’s just ahead of the 19 hours logged by the iPhone 8 and the considerably smaller iPhone SE but below the 21 hours recorded by the 8 Plus—and it’s far less than the 26 hours that Samsung’s S8 and S8+ delivered.”

You can check out the full results through the source link below.

Are you happy with your iPhone X’s battery life so far?

[via Consumer Reports]

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