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.”