The outlet published the results from its extensive iPhone X testing on Tuesday.
While Consumer Reports called the iPhone X an "innovative device with a fantastic camera and handsome 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.
According to the report, both iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have survived better in the tumbler test. Tumbler is a rotating chamber that repeatedly drops a phone from a height of about 2.5 feet to test the damage made by the drops. In addition, the publication praised the convenience of Face ID, as well as the iPhone X's "beautiful OLED display". The phones are checked for damage after 50 drops and then again after 100. The other two similar smartphones suffered screen damage after 50.
Consumer Reports has revealed that Apple's high anticipated $999 iPhone X didn't beat its predecessor, the iPhone 8, during a rigorous review process.
The iPhone X made it on the Consumer Reports' recommended list, but came behind the iPhone 8. For example, the Apple Store will charge you $279 to fix the display and $549 to fix any other part of the phone, including its glass back.
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.
Consumer Reports said its test found the iPhone X's battery lasted 19.5 hours.
To find out exactly how long a phone's battery can go, Consumer Reports uses a robotic finger programmed to put the phone through a range of tasks created to simulate a consumer's average day. The phone seems to unlock as soon as you pick it up and even think about making a call. If you use any phone's auto, or adaptive, brightness, the battery should last longer.
Another factor that had a hand in the iPhone X's lower-than-expected ranking is battery life.
While for many people 19.5 hours is enough to get them through the day, it's still shorter than the majority of the 38 smartphones we recommend. Other differences highlight the downsides of the iPhone X. The new iPhone has a 2716 mAh battery which the Galaxy S8 features a 3000 mAh one and the Galaxy S8 Plus features a 3500 mAh unit. The site's testing on the iPhone's battery showed the handset beat the iPhone 8 and the iPhone SE, but did not do as well as the iPhone 8 Plus.