Consumer Reports on iPhone 4 – It’s not Recommended (yet).

Consumer Reports, probably the biggest non-profit organization for recommendation of consumer products in the U.S., said today they cannot/will not recommend iPhone 4 due to its antenna flaw.  They are probably right as Consumer Reports is the most unbiased reviewer out there.

For the rest of consumers, don’t buy an iPhone 4 until Apple fixes the Antenna issue or at least provides a “free fix”.

We reached this conclusion after testing all three of our iPhone 4s (purchased at three separate retailers in the New York area) in the controlled environment of CU’s radio frequency (RF) isolation chamber. In this room, which is impervious to outside radio signals, our test engineers connected the phones to our base-station emulator, a device that simulates carrier cell towers (see video: IPhone 4 Design Defect Confirmed). We also tested several other AT&T phones the same way, including the iPhone 3G S and the Palm Pre. None of those phones had the signal-loss problems of the iPhone 4.

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.”


14 Responses to Consumer Reports on iPhone 4 – It’s not Recommended (yet).

  1. Unxpekted says:

    And screens coming loose on Evo’s is probably not good as well. Keeping the balance.

  2. max says:

    Hahaha, I am giving you “Zedomax iPhone Fanboy Award”, thanks again for being such an a** 😉

  3. max says:

    You know one thing I respect, is people who try hard to get their opinions across, u r one of those, i will have to respect that but just don’t tell me iPhone 4 doesn’t drop calls because it probably does and everyone knows it.

  4. max says:

    By the way, I’ve had my Evo since launch day, no loose screen for me and I abuse my phones. Perhaps that’s on defective ones, u can always return it for a free exchange.

  5. max says:

    Also, if you get the Amzer Evo 4G case, ur screen can’t fall apart caz it keeps it in its place, maybe thats why I dont have those problems:

  6. Unxpekted says:

    Haha nice. No but seriously some people did have that issue with their Evo, but they are probably dumb asses as you said. Great phone as I said I am just keeping the balance. I want you to read an interesting piece someone posted;

    A: Extend of multitasking for third party applications.

    Android: All applications seems to be kept alive regardless of the situations.

    iPhone: If you use the Backgrounder, all applications and processes could be kept alive. If you use the smart multitasking from Apple itself, only processes that needs to be kept alive are kept alive. Such processes include GPS function, audio streaming, file upload/download where the service must be completed without interuption. Apple believes that this smart multitasking is the key to battary life and performance, so have chosen this implementation instead of what Steve Job called an easy but wrong method of “full multitasking”. Application’s “state” is saved, so users need not exit an application when switching to another one.

    B: Methods of task switching by showing active tasks and choosing it.

    Android: Menu button to show the most recently used task, which could be different from active task. Hence a newly boot up Android might not show the phone application although it is already active. This is the only method for switching to other running application without going to the program launcher.

    iPhone: Many options exist to show active tasks and choosing which to switch to. Method of invoking could be one of the 19 ways provided by the Activator(methods include single click of home key, double click of home key, press and hold the home key, shake the device, double press the sleep button quickly, press and hold the sleep button, slide into the screen from below, slide into the screen from bottom left, slide into the screen from bottom right, pinch the springboard, spread the springboard, double tap the status bar, tap and hold the status bar, swipe down the status bar, swipe left on the status bar, swipe right on the status bar, tap on volume heads up display, press volume down then up, press volume up then down.)
    Kirikae: list the active task. You can kill the application or switch to it there.
    Circuitous: List the icons of the active task. You can kill the application or switch to it there.
    Multiflow: Display and switch to task Palm Pre style. You may close the application by swiping it off, among many available methods.
    ProSwitcher: Display and switch to task Palm Pre style. You may close the application by swiping it off, among many available methods.
    There are others doing more or less the same thing which I would not bother listing on. You just have to choose a method that suits your own preference and personality.

    With OS4.0, double click of home button will show the most recent task on the dock and switch to the application there. You might close the application by holding the icon until it wobbles and press the deletion badge.

    C: Going directly to the next and previous application without bringing up a list of task:

    Android: You may use the back button to go the previous application. Going to the next application is not supported by one click/touch operation.
    iPhone: Using Circuiutous, you may use any of the 19 methods mentioned above to go to the next and previous application. Some people find it extremely intuitive to swipe the taskbar left and right to go to next or previous application, similar to the way pictures are changed. You could of course also use hardware button if that’s what you prefer.

    I invite Android users to correct/beef up any unmentioned methods.


    Zedo, is this still the case, just curious?

  7. max says:

    I agree, if both iPhone and Android had WebOS UI for managing multi-tasking, that’d be the best mobile OS ever.

  8. max says:

    there’s flaws with both Android and iOS4, that their software both lack Pre’s easy UI for managing apps, it’s no secret, Pre OS has an awesome feature for that, swipe and kill, it’s dead simple I’d say, matter of time and litigation b4 it comes to all of us.

  9. max says:

    One thing Palm Pre has done, revolutionized Task killer on Android, well, and basically multi-tasking in general for smartphones and no one realizes it caz Pre hardware had a mirror.

  10. Unxpekted says:

    You didnt understand lol.

    Read the writing he is talking about how Cydia can modify multi-tasking on iphone to mimic Palm Pre and other devices ways of multi-tasking, some being original as well, and he named all those. I was asking:

    Can you do this with the Droid or is it ONE single way to multi-task?

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  14. janet says:

    I got my iP4 a month and some days, and the issue regarding the signal being blocked hasn’t effected me. I have held it in the way which is supposed to drop the signal several times and only notice the signal drop once, the reception problem not so seriously just bcz someone specially enlarged to do laundry out information.
    I love my iP4 and very enjoyable with it, maybe you can call me fanboi, yup, that is, thanks apple give such a fantastic Phone. Now With the iP4 and iPhone 4 Video Converter from iFunia, Im sucking in movies and videos watching, of course happy with the Facetime with my girfriend!

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