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Consumer Reports picks Apple's iPhone 8 over the iPhone X

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  • Consumer Reports published the results of its iPhone X
  • The phone performed well in almost every category
        except durability, where it did not hold up as well as the
        iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.
  • After tumble tests, two iPhone X devices had
        "malfunctioning displays" and a third device had a
        "significantly cracked" back.

The iPhone X is not the best iPhone you can buy, according to
  Consumer Reports.

On Tuesday, the publication published its results from
  testing the iPhone X's display, camera, battery life, and
  durability While Consumer Reports called the phone an
  " innovative device with a fantastic camera and beautiful
  display, "the iPhone X lost to the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus in a full
  comparison of the phones due to the X's durability.

While the phone made Consumer Reports' list of top 10
  smartphones, the iPhone 8 proved "hardier" when it came to drops
  and damage.

The iPhone X performed well in the
  initial drop tests, but it did not fare so well after more
  extensive testing.

Here's what Consumer Reports found:

"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. The other two phones ended up with
  malfunctioning displays after 50 drops. Though the front glass
  did not crack, several bright green bars stretched across the
  screens from top to bottom. "

The iPhone X performed about the same as two other flagship
  phones, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 +, Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports'
  findings differ from other iPhone X and iPhone 8 drop tests.
  In drop-test videos by EverythingApplePro, PhoneBuff,
  and JerryRigEverything, the iPhone X was
  found to be more durable than the iPhone
. And drop tests published right after the iPhone 8 and 8
  Plus released in September showed that the phones were more
  durable than Samsung's flagship phones, but still prone to easily cracking and
when subjected to drops or tumbling.

Plus, as the first all-glass phones Apple has made since
  2011, all three new iPhones are likely to be more prone to
  breakage than their aluminum-bodied

But it's not all bad news for the iPhone X: While its
  battery life is much shorter than the Galaxy S8 and 8+ (19.5
  hours versus 26), it still gets about an extra 30 minutes of
  battery life compared to the iPhone 8.

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