Consumer Reports does some of the most thorough testing before making a determination on whether consumers ought to buy a particular product. Today, Consumer Reports is out with their final review and test results regarding Apple’s new iPhone X.

The influential product recommendations magazine gave the OLED iPhone its recommendation, but has ranked it below both iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

iPhone X made their top 10 list of best consumer smartphones, taking the number 9 position. Aspects like durability and battery life caused the new phone to be ranked below the iPhone 8 series for the average consumer.

You can see how iPhone X fared for yourself in the video they published today.

As for durability, one of the iPhone X units they tested ended up with some serious damage after 50-100 drops in a simulated real-world test. The regular iPhone 8 and its Plus-sized variant have managed to escape with only a few scratches.

“If not for the damage in that durability test, iPhone X would have come in ahead of iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus,” says Richard Fisco, head of smartphone testing at the magazine.

Consumer Reports highlighted the beautiful OLED display, outstanding camera and convenient Face ID as the key strengths of iPhone X, and regarded its glass-sandwich design and battery life as weaknesses.

On Consumer Reports’ list of the top 10 recommended smartphones, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus are in the top two positions, mostly due to their bigger batteries. iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus take the #3 and #4 spots with the flagship iPhone X trailing at #9.

Though it’s towards the bottom of the list, there are only small discrepancies in the scores between all of the top phones. You can view the full review over on the official Consumer Reports website. If you’re a subscriber, check out their full phone recommendations list.

Mind you, Consumer Reports is the same organization that lost its credibility during Antennagate. More recently, the magazine came under fire over its flawed testing methods which resulted in some crazy battery results in their review of the new MacBook Pro.

In both these instances, Consumer Reports said it couldn’t recommend Apple’s latest gadget only to change its mind after people called out their less-than-perfect testing methodology.

  • nova12

    fair, I guess, but here’s my thing:

    I had the 6+ and hated the size. Too big for me. So I went to the 7. but I really wanted that Plus camera. The X gives me the plus camera in a non-plus form factor. And also the really cool other shit (Face ID really works well, and swiping between apps is killer). But really, the size/camera.

    • nova12

      Also, I’m almost 45 years old and I work an office job and don’t do extreme sports. I don’t drop my phones, really. But I also buy AppleCare+, and I’m on the new every year plan. So durability isn’t an issue for me.

      As for battery, I have a charger in my car, on my desk at work, on my desk at home, on my nightstand, on the end table in the TV room, etc. so that doesn’t bother me either.

      • lemonhead

        cool story bro.

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      • bscaine

        Apple sure loves you buddy! You’ll problably die with an iPhone in your hand! LOL

      • nova12

        Hope not.

      • M_Hawke

        Whoa, your iPhone life is controlled by chargers. Almost sounds like a schizophrenia. LOL You kinda make a case for CReports.

      • nova12

        It’s really not controlled by them. I mean, I have socks where I spend a lot of time (desk, nightstand). The dicks actually make the phone easier to see/read with a glance rather than having to pick it up. So not a big deal.

  • pnh

    Consumer Reports = #FakeNews

    • Blip dude

      Have you said the same about them in years past?? Would you have said the same if the iPhone X actually ranked perfectly??

    • So let me get this straight… When Consumer Reports agrees with Apple that the iPhone X has the weakest battery of the lot it’s fake news? Or was it fake news when they video taped themselves testing the durability of the glass?

      The only fake news that I saw here was in this article on iDB when they rewrote history to pretend like Consumer Reports has gotten into trouble in the past for poor testing methods. But you don’t see me saying iDB = #FakeNews for the simple reason that iDB, consumer reports and most other news outlets on TV have real news even if there are some occasional bad apples in the bunch. To equate an entire organization with a few cherry picked examples is a surefire way to end up never reading any news site again 😛

  • Siri Tim Cook Holness

    iPhone X has bigger battery and more power efficient screen R they dumb?

    • Vinnie Bones

      Not really.. I have both; X for personal and 8Plus for work.. though I do more work on my 8Plus I always end up with 30% battery left. X is left with 10-15%. More battery doesn’t mean it’ll last longer.

    • Blip dude

      No, they are not dumb. As Vinnie mentioned, bigger battery doesn’t mean longer life.

      • Siri Tim Cook Holness

        It should do, with the more power efficient screen with the screen being the most power hungry part.

      • Why do you keep ignoring what everyone is telling you?

      • Vinnie Bones

        Lol there’s always that guy who doesn’t want to listen to logic.

    • Cerberus The Wise

      The 8 plus still wins out on battery because it’s just bigger overall. Apple even shows the battery stats on the 8 plus are better than the X on their website.

    • The iPhone 8 Plus has just over 2 million pixels in the screen whereas the iPhone X has over 2.7 million pixels. It takes a tremendous amount of processing power and by extension battery life to drive a high resolution screen. Drawing over 700,000 extra pixels worth of image dozens of times a second for hours eats battery life. Its something I’ve mocked Samsung’s phones for in the past, but if you want to tank a phones processor and battery the best way is to up the resolution of the screen.

      • Siri Tim Cook Holness

        But it has a more power efficient screen AND a bigger battery

      • No, OLED isn’t always more battery efficient and second look at Apple’s own website.

        Apple estimates for browsing the web that both the iPhone X and 7 will get 12 hours and for watching video both phones will get 13 hours. The 7 Plus and 8 Plus are both supposed to get an additional hour of usage in each category. Which means that ACCORDING TO APPLE the X doesn’t get as much battery life as last year’s 7 Plus when browsing the web and watching movies.

      • Siri Tim Cook Holness

        Well no1 wants an inferior LCD and big bezels both are a no-go in 2017 there’s a reason the 8(+) is a flop and X is selling like hotcakes

      • I can prove that’s a lie, because I opted for the LCD model (for the improved battery life) and actually don’t mind the bezels at all.

        But like I stated earlier; better battery, cheaper phone, better performance, better one handed usability, and more functionality for landscape usage are all reasons I’ve opted to avoid the iPhone X. But to each their own.

        Not even Apple supports your claims that the iPhone X has a better battery life than the iPhone 8 Plus and Bezels are a personal preference. So if you want to keep presenting wrong info and personal biases as the sole reasons to upgrade well… you do you I guess.

  • Siri Tim Cook Holness

    By the looks of it inferior products r better to them like s8 above iPhone the small 8 above 8+ when he + is better and both above X is dumb af

    • It appears that CR may just put too much emphasis on battery life. I personally would have rated the iPhone 8 Plus as the top phone over the Samsung but I guess to each their own.

      • Siri Tim Cook Holness

        Y would u rate 8+ over X? 8+ is outdated at this point with the big bezels and outdated LCD

      • The 8 Plus has better battery life, better performance, is cheaper, supports enhanced landscape mode in the stock apps and is easier to use one handed.

        The iPhone X on the other hand is smaller and has a better camera.

        Between those two I’d rank the first set of pros higher than the second set.

      • Siri Tim Cook Holness

        R u dumb? The 8+ is harder to use 1-handed bc of the larger bezels and large bezels is a no-go in 2017 as is LCD and it’s not that much cheaper considering how outdated it is

      • As someone who has used the plus model since the day Apple released it I can verify that it is very easy to use one handed. Reachability and the one handed keybaord mode both ensure that. However when I was playing around with the X I had a very difficult time and almost dropped the phone trying to get to control center one handed for instance.

        Also, while LCD tech is older it doesn’t mean it hasn’t been improved over the years. Sure it can’t achieve as dark a black as OLED screens but it’s not bad technology. Personally if having LCD means better battery, more performance and a few hundred extra to spend at the end of the day I’m happy to take the LCD.

      • Siri Tim Cook Holness

        U must be dumb LCD is way less power efficient

      • Actually that’s not true (or at least not in most cases). While an OLED can save power over an LCD display when large portions of the screen are black, the moment that you display a full screen image it loses it’s advantage. On the Apple Watch this results in battery savings but on the iPhone with iOS’s love of white and the relatively few times that any true black appears on screen when using it the LCD actually wins in power consumption.

        OLED screens when used in an optimized setting can save tons of battery, but with iPhones the way they are, LCD will win out almost every time.

    • Galaxy Life

      Interior? Lmao ?.

  • besrate hogsa

    I love the iPhone 10
    consumer report is wrong both the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 10 has the same glass for the front and back

    • Did they say the glass was different somewhere? All I saw was that the X was more likely to break.

      • besrate hogsa

        NO, that was just me being opinionated

  • bscaine

    Apple have to improve durability of iPhones. Meaning better matterials and cut the crap of “The most durable glass ever…” As for the rest I rather NOT use any phone than using a Samsung

  • zebonaut

    But Seriously; who is gonna drop their phone 100 times??? Maybe once or twice with a case.

    • nova12

      right!? 50-100 drops, haha. My first iPhone was the 3GS, and I probabaly haven’t dropped all my iPhones combined a total of 50-100 times.

    • Galaxy Life

      You know darn well that one drop can ruin a phone–any phone.

      Don’t sit there and act like it takes multiple drops to break an iPhone.

      Glass hits concrete it breaks, it’s no big deal.

  • mickey

    Don’t follow CR but antennagate was real and a real pain on the iPhone 4.

  • Laszlo Gaspar

    The 8 plus is great but having an OLED screen on an iPhone is a big bonus for me and was the deciding factor in picking up an X over an 8 plus.

    • You must really like your deep blacks 😛 Personally I prefer the increased performance and battery life of a lower resolution LCD panel.

      • Laszlo Gaspar

        I spend a lot of time on my phone each day as many people do and having the better contrast seems to put less strain on my eyes and cause less headaches.

    • Galaxy Life

      Aren’t you the same guy that constantly criticized OLED in the past? Now it’s your deciding factor?

      • Laszlo Gaspar

        Nope, I’ve never criticised OLED in the past and I think it’s great Apple are finally using it.

  • Wow, “Consumers reports is the same organization that lost its credibility during Antennagate. More recently, the magazine came under fire over its flawed testing methods which resulted in some crazy battery results in their review of the new MacBook Pro.”

    I have no idea who wrote that but apparently they’ve forgotten that I’m both cases Apple admired wrong doing and released a fix of some form shortly after. In the case of Antenna gate a bug in the software was incorrectly reporting signal strength too high and Apple offered free bumper cases to customers. In the case of the battery life tests Apple had some serious bugs relating to caching that they fixed immediately. It feels like the author is bitter about an Android phone being ranked higher than an Apple phone and is revising history to question the legitimacy of Apple getting the 3rd and 4th spot…