'It survived four falls onto a concrete surface from a height of 5 feet'.
The goal of all that repetition is to expose the phone to impacts from a wide variety of angles. The phones are checked for damage after 50 drops and then again after 100. Two others were dropped 50 times, and as a result, they both incurred defects on their screens. "Though the front glass didn't break, several bright green bars stretched across the screens from top to bottom".
In its report, Consumer Reports made some complaints about the iPhone X battery life and says that it does not last as long as the battery in Samsung phones like Galaxy S8. You may want to think about ways you could protect it to prevent damage.
"If not for the damage in that durability test, the iPhone X would have come in ahead of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus", Consumer Reports' head of smartphone testing Richard Fisco said. While the iPhone X has more features than the iPhone 8, like the Face ID, the most recent handset came one spot behind the iPhone 8 on the site's recommended list.
Tumble tests don't get a lot of weight when we calculate a phone's Overall Score.
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.
Consumer Reports tested the iPhone X's durability through a series of drops.
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. In our extensive testing we found that the S8's gorgeous design, powerful processor, and battery efficiency is simply unparalleled in the smartphone industry.
Another factor that had a hand in the iPhone X's lower-than-expected ranking is battery life.
Other drop tests seem to indicate that the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus were more durable than competing Samsung Galaxy devices.
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.
You can read the full review of iPhone X at Consumer Reports.
Long story short, the issue stems from battery life - just like the case with the iPhone X now - but the Cupertino brand zeroed in on the problem and found that the testing method was faulty, getting a recommendation from the publication in the end. It did beat the iPhone 8 on this front, lasting up to 19.5 hours.