Over the past couple of months, we've seen some really great smartphones from the likes of OnePlus, Samsung, Huawei and Apple. These are some of the best sellers in the international market and with each new version of their phones, they strive to achieve something new. However, it is no doubt that some phones are better than others and the latest Consumer Reports smartphone ranking puts the new iPhone 11 Pro Max at the top of the smartphone food chain.
As per the rankings, the iPhone put down the latest Samsung, OnePlus and other Android competitors. This is largely due to the improved battery life on the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. Though not a revolutionary piece of tech in any way, iPhones were lacking good battery life for a long time.
Unlike Apple's own testing methods, Consumer Reports' testing is based around real life battery usage. According to the reports, the iPhone 11 Pro showed a drastic improvement over the iPhone XS and XS Max. Clocking in a 34 hour day, it left the iPhone competitors in the dust.
One area where no other smartphone was even near the iPhone 11 Pro was in the camera tests. Till now, the Pixel 3 and 3 XL were the cameras to beat and with the triple camera setup at the back of the iPhone 11 Pro, Apple has done some wonders. The details, the colours and the sharpness of the images propelled the cameras to the top of the list. Though Consumer Reports did not go into much detail about their testing methods, one can see the difference just by looking at camera samples.
One area where the iPhone 11 Pro Max and iPhone 11 Pro lack is when it comes to durability. Though it has quite a high score, it did not stack up against the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+. The phones passed the tests for water resistance, but fell behind in drop tests.
At any rate, the list of the top 10 smartphones according to Consumer Reports consists only of Samsung and Apple phones. However, at the end of the day, buying a smartphone boils down to a users' preferences.