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Consumer Reports points to reception issues

The body blows just keep coming for Apple and its iPhone 4. The iPhone 4 was unveiled to much fanfare at beginning of June, but once customers started receiving their phones, problems began being reported.

Customers first started complaining about yellowed screens, problems with the proximity sensor, and issues with reception due to the external antenna on the iPhone 4. The latter problem has resulted in a class action lawsuit against both Apple and AT&T.

Earlier this month during lab testing, Consumer Reports stated that "there's no reason, at least yet, to forgo buying an iPhone 4 over its reception concerns."

Today, however, it is reversing its stance after testing more phones in a radio frequency (RF) isolation chamber. Consumer Reports' findings pretty much mirror what everyone has been stating for the past several weeks with regards to the iPhone 4's reception woes. "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," said Mike Gikas on the Consumer Reports blog. "Due to this problem, we can't recommend the iPhone 4."

Gikas goes on to state that an unsightly fix for the reception issue is to put a piece of tape over the gap between the Wi-Fi/Bluetooth and cellular radio antennas.

The iPhone 4 was rated highly due to its sharp Retina display, Face Time video chat, and its stellar battery life, but the lingering reception issues mean that the phone won't be getting the recommended rating.

"Apple needs to come up with a permanent—and free—fix for the antenna problem before we can recommend the iPhone 4," Gikas concluded.


Updated 7/12/2010 @ 9:54 pm

Engadget is reporting that Apple is now deleting all references to the Consumer Reports posting from its discussions forums...

 



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RE: Just buy a Microcell.
By Motoman on 7/12/2010 6:11:50 PM , Rating: 5
In school, people are taught to read. As in, books, primarily. Sarcasm is frequently used in books. And as far as I am aware, no books have had to resort to [/sarcasm] tags to inform the reader that the previous passage was sarcastic.

It comes from the context of the passage. Such that it is obvious to anyone who's not a moron that your last comment there is sarcastic.

That, and the three superfluous "Os" in "so."


RE: Just buy a Microcell.
By zonkie on 7/13/2010 12:21:42 AM , Rating: 2
If it comes with everything you need, they blew it.


RE: Just buy a Microcell.
By bhieb on 7/13/2010 2:07:17 PM , Rating: 3
Ok, then how many people "not getting it" does there need to be in order for it to be the author's inability to convey it vs. your assumption that it is the reader's fault. IMO, in written communications the reader cannot "take something wrong", rather only the author can poorly convey it.

Your assertion that it is somehow the reader's fault is incorrect. If, as you say, "most of the people on the internet don't get it", then I'd suggest that if the majority cannot then the ineptness lies with the author. Most of the author's on the internet cannot accurately convey it. Clearly that was the case here as there was more than one person that did not pick up on it.

Sarcasm is a tricky thing. Stating something (verbally or in writing) that is the opposite of what you mean, is not easy to convey or comprehend. My only contention was that your assertion that it is the reader's fault (or stupidity as you so implied), is not entirely accurate.


RE: Just buy a Microcell.
By tigen on 7/13/2010 2:16:39 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
in written communications the reader cannot "take something wrong", rather only the author can poorly convey it


Except in reality people have reading comprehension issues, or else they just make mistakes. Or someone could be slightly stupid. Recognizing sarcasm, or at least the possibility of it, just takes a moment of thought instead of taking something, knee-jerk, on face value.

Although sarcasm seems culture-related too. Also, the related phenomenon of deliberately misleading somebody as a joke. You need to have been bitten by it to recognize it.


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