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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 Senju on 7/13/2010 12:08:55 AM , Rating: 0
How come people like Reclaimer77 are soooo dumb!

You are saying that people are slaved to a shitty provider.
This is sooooo untrue! You forget that US is not the only country in the world. Yes, believe it or not, there is actually people outside the US that buy "iphones" and have completely different providers.
My provider for iphone is great! Perfect reception every time and *any* way I hold it. I also live in the country. We get Super great reception everywhere we go.
I guess the US is a bit backwards in telecommunications but you really should not blame Apple for that!

RE: Just buy a Microcell.
By afkrotch on 7/13/2010 12:40:25 AM , Rating: 2
The US is just a much bigger country. It takes more than 1 cellphone tower to cover the US, unlike apparently your tiny country that has reception everywhere.

RE: Just buy a Microcell.
By semiconshawn on 7/13/10, Rating: 0
RE: Just buy a Microcell.
By Cheesew1z69 on 7/13/10, Rating: -1
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