The Best Smartphone You Can Buy Is Not iPhone X

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The Best Smartphone You Can Buy Is Not iPhone X

While the iPhone X easily made its way into Consumer Reports' list of Top 10 Rated Smartphones, the publication concluded that "other phones are tougher and can operate longer on a charge". Although iPhone X performed well in the initial drop tests, it didn't fare so well after more extensive testing.

Durability is something to think about if you're considering a purchase of the iPhone X. The phone isn't just expensive to buy; it's also unusually pricey to fix.

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.

One out of three iPhone X model suffered serious body damage, while the other two have display issues. Though the front glass didn't crack, several bright green bars stretched across the screens from top to bottom.

It seemed like Apple was proud of the technology that they had incorporated in the phone.

Tumble tests don't get a lot of weight when we calculate a phone's Overall Score.

Consumer Reports published the results of its iPhone X tests. Your best bet there is to trade-in your old phone and use that money toward the purchase of your new iPhone X. Sprint is now offering rebates on the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X that lower your monthly payment on an 18-month lease agreement, and you don't have to trade in another phone; you just have to transfer your existing number over to Sprint.

Although Consumer Reports has given the iPhone X a recommendation following its final testing results, it has ranked Apple's latest flagship smartphone below the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus because of poor performance on its durability and battery life tests (via MacRumors).

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 iPhone X lasted only for 19.5 hours in the battery test on the other side Samsung S8 lasted for 26 hours and the iPhone 8Plus lasted for 21 hours.

The robot browses the internet, takes pictures, uses Global Positioning System navigation, and, of course, makes phone calls.

The battery tests of the handset also set the phone's screen to 100% brightness - whereas the screen is set to auto dim to conserve battery life.

In our testing, the iPhone X's battery lasted 19.5 hours.

The handset performed well during drop tests created to replicate everyday life - although struggled with a "tumble test" that saw it put in a rotating metal chamber.

Last, but not least is Apple's iPhone. In our tests, the iPhone 7's battery lasted 18.5 hours.

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