Consumer Reports has finished testing the iPhone X and the results are mixed. The phone features the best camera for both stills and video that CR has ever tested. The screen got high marks as well and the testers were generally pleased with Face ID (the lack of a Home button required only a short adjustment period).
But the phone is found to be quite fragile. Of the three units tested, two had failed screens after 50 turns in the tumbling machine thats a $280 repair right there. The third unit had a significantly cracked back. To its credit, the iPhone X did just fine on the drop test 5ft falls onto concrete. And Samsungs all-glass Galaxy S8 phones didnt fare any better.
The battery life also proved better under testing, the X battery lasted 19.5 hours while the iPhone 8 Plus went on for 21 hours. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ lasted 26 hours. In fact, the iPhone X battery life is worse than the 38 phones CR recommends.
If youre fine with the $1,000 price tag, the iPhone X offers a stellar camera and points to the future of Apple design. But if youre looking to save money or for something more durable, the iPhone 8 duo (even the iPhone 7) are a solid option.
The fragile glass really hurt the X in the tests. This isnt the first test to highlight how easy it is to crack all that glass or damage the screen. So in total the iPhone X scored lower than Samsungs Galaxy S8/S8+ and the Note8.