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Consumer Reports will not recommend iPhone 4

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 13 Jul 2010 7:19 User comments (8)

Consumer Reports will not recommend iPhone 4 Consumer Reports has revealed that it cannot recommend Apple's iPhone 4 handset following tests on the model's reported signal problems, adding that AT&T Inc. is not the main culprit. The respected nonprofit organization publishes guides on all kinds of products and makes recommendations to consumers.
The publication tested the iPhone 3GS, Palm Pre and other handsets too and said none of them experienced the same kind of signal problems as the iPhone 4. "Consumer reports is a respected publication. This could have an impact on iPhone sales," Kaufman Bros analyst Shaw Wu said.

Apple has been sued by customers in at least three complaints related to the antenna problems with the handheld. "When your finger or hand touches a spot on the phone's lower left side -- an easy thing, especially for lefties -- the signal can significantly degrade enough to cause you to lose your connection altogether if you're in an area with a weak signal," contributor Mike Gikas said in a post on the Consumer Reports website.

"Our findings call into question the recent claim by Apple that the iPhone 4's signal-strength issues were largely an optical illusion caused by faulty software that 'mistakenly displays 2 more bars than it should for a given signal strength."

Gikas recommended as a temporary measure that iPhone 4 owners cover the gap in the wraparound antenna with duct tape or another non-conductive material. Consumer Reports did give the iPhone 4 high scores for several of its features, including its battery life, display and video camera quality. However, it will not be classified as a "recommended device" until Apple delivers a permanent and free fix for the antenna problem, according to Gikas.

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8 user comments

113.7.2010 7:49

nice, i hope the iphone 4g drop dead

213.7.2010 9:25

only way they are going to fix the problem is to redesign it (which is doubtful) or start sending them out with cases.

313.7.2010 12:40

I believe Steve Jobs offered full refunds on anyone who returns their iphone if not satisfied. If true, i'm anxious to see how many people return it.

413.7.2010 13:19

Originally posted by Hyasuma:
nice, i hope the iphone 4g drop dead
its actually not a 4g. its just called iphone 4.

513.7.2010 14:58

ROFL!!! They went on to suggest DUCT TAPE as a fix!!! http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/mobile/07/1...x.html?hpt=Sbin


613.7.2010 17:31

Originally posted by lxfactor:
Originally posted by Hyasuma:
nice, i hope the iphone 4g drop dead
its actually not a 4g. its just called iphone 4.
umm, I know. yea i forgot that they HAD named it iphone 4g because of 3g, 3gs, and they just called it iphone 4 now ( at least thats what I remembered). the only 4g phone that is out is Evo. which I own...@-@
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713.7.2010 17:52

Problem with many smartphones, are that most of them are developed with multimedia features in mind, and then they just cram in a crappy attenna. That's why it's better to stick to companies that have been in the cellphone business for a long time (Samsung, HTC, Motorolla, RIM,etc), not Apple; who have only been in the smartphone business for over 3 years, and overprice their poorly quality made, feature lacking products.

I've still yet to find why millions of people are obsesed with their products. Probably the exact same people that spend their entire life on Facebook, Twitter, saying "like" "wow" and "oh my God" 40 times in one sentence, and spend $60+ a month at Starbucks. Although there are a crap load of people like that...

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 13 Jul 2010 @ 17:59

81.8.2010 2:11

Originally posted by mike.m:
Problem with many smartphones, are that most of them are developed with multimedia features in mind, and then they just cram in a crappy attenna. That's why it's better to stick to companies that have been in the cellphone business for a long time (Samsung, HTC, Motorolla, RIM,etc), not Apple; who have only been in the smartphone business for over 3 years, and overprice their poorly quality made, feature lacking products.

I've still yet to find why millions of people are obsesed with their products. Probably the exact same people that spend their entire life on Facebook, Twitter, saying "like" "wow" and "oh my God" 40 times in one sentence, and spend $60+ a month at Starbucks. Although there are a crap load of people like that...
Finally a post with true commin sense. Good one mike.m

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