iPhone X Ranked Below iPhone 8 by Consumer Reports


Although Consumer Reports has given the iPhone X a recommendation following its final testing results, it has ranked Apple’s latest flagship smartphone below the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus because of poor performance on its durability and battery life tests (via MacRumors).


According to the website, 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, as compared to the iPhone X, even though all three iPhones sport glass bodies. After 50-100 tumbles, one iPhone X model suffered serious body damage, while two others had screen defects.

While the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus ended up with fewer scrapes after the test, the front displays for all three iPhones came away unscathed. When it came to scratch tests and water resistance tests however, the iPhone X came out on top. 

The website also had some complaints about the iPhone X battery life. 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. 

“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.

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.”

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Samsung Galaxy S8+ remain the top two recommended smartphones on Consumer Reports, primarily due to superior battery life.


  • KBlazer07

    Apple will dispute this shortly and CR will increase the score for some unknown reason, just like every other year.

  • Joe

    I guess consumer reports doesn’t take user experience into account, heh.

  • Aleks Oniszczak

    I wouldn’t trust Consumer Reports with testing phones – during bendgate they claimed the iPhone 6 and 6 plus didn’t bend any more than other phones. Ha! There were numerous videos showing people EASILY bending the phone BY BENDING THEM NEAR THE VOLUME BUTTONS. And what did CR do? They tried BENDING THEM RIGHT IN HALF. Then they reported there was no problem. Can’t trust them with testing.

  • BigCat

    Yup, I am with you. I still remember how CR made a big splash with their MacBook Pro battery test scores (they were low). A month later they retracted their results after it was discovered that software was the issue, which was later fixed.

  • KBlazer07

    User experience isn’t a great benchmark. Some people buy brands for the name and think it’s the greatest thing, when it’s not (not necessarily a hit on Apple as their products are top end, not sure on X model though).

  • I know all these reports are based on personal opinion and such, it’s just wild to scroll threw a news feed and see articles saying iPhone X is 2nd best phone of the year. Then like a day later how it’s the worst device Apple released, then best again tomorrow lol.

    Even the same blogs flip flop on this. At this point it looks like they’re just finding reasons to write “iPhone X” in the headline for clicks.

  • Cornfed710

    After using the X I definitely could not go back to those old style iPhones. When I pick up the 7 Plus, I cringe at the home button. The X is a revelation 🙂

  • KBlazer07

    Thanks for the info, I’m wavering on buying one this year. Wanted feedback after a month of usage instead of a day or two.

  • Cornfed710

    I’ve always used a heavy duty case so I’m not that concerned.

  • Chrome262

    same here, although the review on the camera have been consistently good, not just from CR, and that might be the main difference between it and the 8, on and the OLED lol.

  • Chrome262

    Yeah I don’t, I use reasonable cases that impacted the size little. I use to use the minimalistic ones, but not for my 6s. And since it will be bigger it will make and impact in my pocked. (yes I keep them in my front pocket)

  • Cornfed710

    My mom uses an ? silicone case on her X, looks great and she loves it.

  • Salinger

    Consumer Reports was 100% correct. They didn’t retract their results. The results in the first series of tests were accurate. There was a problem with Apple’s software that was causing the low battery scores. Apple fixed THEIR error, CR retested, and released updated results.

    CR is the least biased testers out there. They have no axe to grind and accept zero advertising or free products. They purchase everything at retail the same as you or I.

    It’s funny how people try to cast aspersions on the integrity of CR when an Apple product is anything less than #1, but when, for years, MacBooks and iPhones were placed at the top of their lists, there were no complaints.