Uh Oh… There’s Trouble In the Apple Orchard- Consumer Reports “Can’t Recommend the iPhone 4 “

The summer’s not the only thing turning up the heat on Apple right now as Consumer Reports states, “we can’t recommend the iPhone 4”. Talk about reversing positions…

When the iPhone 4 first came out CR took a look and determined that “There’s no reason, at least yet, to forgo buying an iPhone 4 over its reception concerns.”

Phew… sigh of relief. Not so fast however…

After being able to replicate reception issues out in the real world CR has changed their tune. Actually it is a complete reversal as today CR emailed us and said–

Consumer Reports engineers have just completed testing the iPhone 4 and established that if your finger or hand touches a spot on the phone’s lower left side—an easy thing to do, especially for lefties—the signal can significantly degrade enough to cause you to lose your connection completely.

Unsurprisingly a bumper or tape placed strategically over the offending point on the left side where the two external antenna meet removed the problem.

Uhm Apple, maybe you should have been giving out Bumpers all along rather than playing the denial game? Now it may be too late.

We’ll be watching closely to see how this plays out. In the meantime… are you having any issues with your iPhone 4? We want to know.

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About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.