by George Heymann

Consumer Reports announces it cannot recommend the iPhone 4!

Consumer Reports announced that it cannot recommend the iPhone 4 until Apple fixes the design flaw in the  antenna system. CR goes on to say “Our findings call into question the recent claim by Apple that the iPhone 4’s signal-strength issues were largely an illusion caused by faulty software that mistakenly displays 2 or more bars than it should for a given signal strength.” The tests also indicate that AT&T’s network might not be the primary cause of the iPhone 4’s reported signal  problems.  You can see Consumer Reports Video here.

Original Post (062510) Anyone else dumbfounded when they read Apples response to consumer concerns regarding reception problems reported with the new iPhone 4 when the Phone is held around the lower left portion of the case bridging the gap in the stainless steel antenna bands encircling the phone?

The response to the problem? “Just avoid holding it in that way.” Really?

Steve Jobs described the stainless steel bands function during the official unveiling of the iPhone at the Apple WWDC 2010 Keynote Address. “This is part of some brilliant engineering which actually uses the stainless steel band as part of the antenna system.” “It’s never been done before and it’s really cool engineering.”

Cool Engineering? Well maybe not so much! I’ll reserve judgement until we can see just how wide spread this problem turns out to be. To better understand the problem please see the video below.

I’ve read everything I could find on the iPhone antenna problem and the best explanation I’ve seen to date was presented on Anandtech. If you are interested in this issue read “The Real Story on iPhone 4’s Antenna”. See the chart above Anandtech documents the signal attenuation problems in comparison to the 3GS and HTC Nexus One.

Until there is a better solution from Apple users have reported that adding one of the new bumper covers takes care of the problem. Please share with your social network by clicking on one of the buttons below:

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One Response

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