Durability and Battery Life of iPhone X Called into Question

Durability and Battery Life of iPhone X Called into Question

According to Consumer Reports, the iPhone X scored lower points than the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus mainly because of its weaker durability. While the iPhone X has more features than the iPhone 8, like the Face ID, the most recent handset came one spot behind the iPhone 8 on the site's recommended list. Although iPhone X performed well in the initial drop tests, it didn't fare so well after more extensive testing.

The iPhone X was released on Nov 3., weeks after Apple launched the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

Despite the fact that this testing method may not match what Apple rates each iPhone, this still stands as a fair comparison of the differences in battery life, as long as the testing method is the same. The site said the iPhone X's display excelled because of its overall brightness, vibrant colors and deep black levels. The iPhone has an edge-to-edge Super Retina OLED screen with no home button.

Consumer Reports said the iPhone X is "among the best" they've ever seen.

Though the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus also sport glass backs, Consumer Reports says that they are "more resistant to breaking".

Apple has already issued a warning that the OLED screen might have some problems with prolonged use and the battery life and the size of the iPhone X are slightly more than iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus which makes the latter phones much more consumer friendly. The site pointed out flaws with the battery and the device's durability. It survived four falls onto a concrete surface from a height of 5 feet.

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While Consumer Reports called the iPhone X an "innovative device with a fantastic camera and lovely 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.

Consumer Reports says, "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". As a result, one of the three showed significant cracking after 100 rotations and the other two showed display malfunction along with green lines on the display panels after 50 rotations.

The iPhone X isn't the first phone to fail our tumble test.

"Taken as a complete package, this phone ranked a bit lower than Samsung's S8, S8+, and Note8, mainly due to their superior battery life", Consumer Reports writes. Meanwhile, the third position is held by the iPhone 8 Plus and the fourth by the iPhone 8.

Consumer Reports said its test found the iPhone X's battery lasted 19.5 hours. However, it's up to you to decide if that extra 90 minutes of battery life is worth using a bigger phone.

Full results can be read here.

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