Consumer Reports Gives iPhone 4 “Can’t Recommended”
Not too long ago Consumer Reports noted the iPhone 4’s antenna issues weren’t serious enough to skip on the release, writing “…there’s no reason, at least yet, to forgo buying an iPhone 4 over its reception concerns.” But after a series of additional real world tests, the iPhone 4’s reception “death grip” issue reared its ugly head often enough for Consumer Reports to change their tune and offer an explanation about their change in opinion…
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.
We’re going to wait till Apple releases a software or hardware update which puts this issue to rest before we even consider upgrading from an old 3G model to the latest from Apple. Or perhaps in the meantime, we might find ourselves exploring the offerings from the Android platform, where the antenna issue seems less of a worry. There are plenty of opinions about the issue, as noted in our own recent post about the reception issue.