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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 Tony Swash on 7/13/2010 12:03:17 AM , Rating: -1
quote:
It is quite easy to opt out of Google's location service, but with Apple, if you want apps, then you have no choice.


I am not just talking about location services. Googles business is to watch what people do on the web (everything you do, searches, what the content of your gmail is, your web surfing history, etc) and then use that data to target ads. That's why Google wants to push all computing activity onto the web - so they can watch even more stuff.

Personally that doesn't bother me too much at the moment, I use gmail for example, but I think to get in to a hissy fit over something Apple does (which can be turned off) and not to fret about what Google is doing on a massive scale is weirdly inconsistent.

Hope that all came out OK - just finished a long hike near Moab in 105 degrees and felling fairly pooped.


RE: Just buy a Microcell.
By niaaa on 7/13/2010 5:03:54 AM , Rating: 3
Android - you can use positioning if you want. Actually you can setup GSM positioning and GPS positionning as you wish. I even have a widget to do that in 1 tap.

iOS4 - you use positioning because it's good for you - You just don't know it yet. And if you don't want apple to locate you at all times, you'd better don't need the market.


RE: Just buy a Microcell.
By djc208 on 7/13/2010 7:23:34 AM , Rating: 4
But Google provides you with services and content for free in return. You can have your e-mail, calender, pictures, videos, directions, news, and even phone calls through Google for free, (or small fees if you want more space/services). Even Android is free to the phone developers. In return they get to monitor what you do on their network over their system, in order to sell advertising.

Apple makes you buy their phone, then insists that for you have the priveledge of buying apps, music, and video through their network you have to tell them where you are so they can make more money off you by pushing advertising to your phone on your dime.

So Apple makes money off the phone, they probably get something back from the cell plan, they make money off the apps/music/video in the app-store, and now their going to make money selling adds to their own mini-billboards.


RE: Just buy a Microcell.
By mcnabney on 7/13/2010 3:29:54 PM , Rating: 2
Apple gets a big chunk of the data plan that AT&T charges. This backend cost is what borked the original deal with Verizon.

Blocking Flash forces iPhone users to purchase everything through the App store instead of using Flash-enabled games off of the web.

There is nothing wrong with this. It is just business. It is only disappointing because the iSheep are distorting the market by allowing a single business to bend rules that are strictly held to others.


RE: Just buy a Microcell.
By Anoxanmore on 7/13/2010 8:47:03 AM , Rating: 2
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Hope that all came out OK - just finished a long hike near Moab in 105 degrees and felling fairly pooped

You mean Jordan, like the middle east? You posted this at 12 am EST. It would be 6 am in Jordan... the temp was around 85. If it was Moab Utah @ 10 PM MST, it was around 75.

Are you lying again Tony? ;)


RE: Just buy a Microcell.
By Tony Swash on 7/13/2010 11:32:26 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
You mean Jordan, like the middle east?


No I mean Moab Utah. My wife and I hiked a few miles up up through Negro Bill Canyon (unfortunate name) to see the the third largest natural bridge in the USA. Much of the hike is is in the sun and it was over a 100 when we started in late afternoon.

The hike is great, it follows a lovely stream most of the way, the canyon walls are spectacular as is the bridge itself. There is even a small ice cold spring at the end.

But boy was it hot. I am from London so walking up hills over rough terrain, at altitude, in 100+ degrees kills me (plus I am 58 so not as strong as I used to be) and you have to pour water down your throat the whole time.

Great hike but once back at the motel it was a case of one quick post on this forum (that's how much I love you guys!), a jug of water followed by a small gin and tonic followed by deep unconsciousness.

Great day.


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