Consumer Reports published an evaluation of the best smartphones on Tuesday. Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus continue to occupy first and second spots in Consumer Reports’ ranking, mainly because of “their superior battery life.” The iPhone 8 Plus was ranked third, followed by the smaller iPhone 8. All the four devices have an overall score of 81 out of 100.
Among other determinations, the iPhone X was found to have a 19.5-hour life, beating out the iPhone 8, but falling short of the 26 hour life of the Samsung Galaxy S8, and the 21 hours of the Galaxy S8 Plus. The iPhone X has a 2716 mAh battery. The Galaxy S8 has a 3000 mAh battery, with the Galaxy S8 Plus having a 3500 mAh unit.
“Taken as a complete package, this phone ranked a bit lower than Samsung’s S8, S8+, and Note8, mainly because of their superior battery life,” Consumer Reports said. “But many longtime iPhone users aren’t interested in switching to Android, so the real question for them is whether to save a few bucks — or, actually, a couple hundred — and go with an iPhone 8 or 8 Plus instead.”
Consumer Reports said the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were “more resistant to breaking” in its tests than the iPhone X, and added that consumers will appreciate the “familiar Home button.”
One out of three of the iPhone X that the group had on staff had major back-glass damage after 100 unprotected tumbles in its testing apparatus, with the other two having screen damage after 50.
The iPhone X received praise for Face ID, which worked well in Consumer Reports’ tests, as well as the advanced cameras and display. The influential publication just released its full review of the $1,000 device, and concludes that Samsung’s latest smartphones, and even the cheaper iPhone 8 series, are better options for most people.