Consumer Reports pulls “Recommended” rating from the iPhone

Mon, Jul 12, 2010


Citing the oft-discussed antenna issues of the iPhone 4, Consumer Reports has, for the first time, retracted its “Recommended” rating for the iPhone.

It’s official. Consumer Reports’ engineers have just completed testing the iPhone 4, and have confirmed that there is a problem with its reception. 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. Due to this problem, we can’t recommend the iPhone 4.

While testing has shown that reception on the whole is improved with the iPhone 4, signal degradation on the device is an unfortunate reality. If you live in a weak signal area and aren’t up for getting a case or placing a piece of scotch tape on the phone’s lower left hand corner, then you might want to stick with the 3GS or wait for next year’s model to come out.



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