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Consumer Reports gives its blessing to the iPhone 4S now as "antenna-gate" is solved

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Consumer Reports gives its blessing to the iPhone 4S now as
Nearly two years after the iPhone fell from grace in Consumer Reports eyes, the voice of the Consumers Union has spoken and the iPhone is now blessed as officially recommended to the vast American public.

The last iPhone the magazine recommended was the iPhone 3GS back in 2009. Then however the iPhone 4 came and while it did indeed become Apple's most successful handset, Consumer Reports couldn't overlook the “antenna-gate” scandal, which would sometimes lead to dropped calls and generally a decrease in signal reception. 

The Verizon iPhone 4 was the first to address the issue with slightly moved antennas, but the real fix came only recently with the iPhone 4S. The new iPhone comes with two antennas and smartly switches between them to ultimately offer superior calling quality. Here are Consumer Reports findings:

In special reception tests of the iPhone 4S that duplicated those we did on the iPhone 4, the newer phone did not display the same reception flaw, which involves a loss of signal strength when you touch a spot on the phone’s lower left side while you’re in an area with a weak signal. (The iPhone 4, which is still available, continues to exhibit that problem, we confirmed in tests of new samples of the phone. Because of the flaw, we continue to omit the iPhone 4 from our list of recommended models, despite its otherwise fine performance.)

The magazine however still ranks Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy S II, the Motorola DROID BIONIC and several others higher in its listings by virtue of their support for 4G LTE or other novelties like 3D cameras.


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posted on 08 Nov 2011, 09:28 2

1. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


yahooooooo. lol

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 09:32 3

2. quakan (Posts: 1190; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Tim Cook probably read that like, "f**k y'all idc what y'all think."

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 09:47 2

3. Johnny_Mnemonic (Posts: 240; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Finally after 2 years they fix the problem really took for ever

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 11:16 5

8. roldefol (Posts: 2892; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


They actually fixed it on the Verizon iP4, Apple just didn't want to admit there was a problem to fix in the first place.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 11:34 2

9. c.hack (Posts: 514; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


The problem was Jobs' insistence on form over function. Apple engineers told him that a metal band around the phone would kill the signal. He ignored them. The current design is better, but still has the signal-attenuating metal band.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 11:55 2

12. roldefol (Posts: 2892; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


And when the issue went public, Apple responded by offering free bumpers without admitting that the lack of a band cover caused any real problem. And then they posted videos showing attenuation on Android devices, as if that excused the problem. Refusal to admit one's faults is not a sign of confidence in my book.

It was still a great phone, but Apple would've had you believe it was perfect.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 12:29 5

14. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


He actually held a conference and admitted it. They also offered free cases and returns with no restocking fee.


It was a simple choice really. If you don't like it don't buy it.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 13:35 2

19. roldefol (Posts: 2892; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I remember the presser. They put up a slide that said "We're not perfect" but then put up slides saying all smartphones lose signal when held. It was better than the previous response of "hold it like this" but still wasn't very humble.

I think they should've come right out and admitted they redesigned the antenna for VZW and then again for the 4S, but humility wasn't Jobs' style.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 15:02 2

21. andro. (Posts: 1956; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


We've had two iphone 4s returned so far over dropping calls out of our intial 30 batch so antenna gate is not fixed

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 15:22 1

22. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


the only pattern i see here is you... you are the problem.. Andro

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 16:37 2

24. andro. (Posts: 1956; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


nope just mobile industry retail experience,you should try it,i'd open your eyes to the workings of some particular companies. Many mobile handsets problems aren't accepted and not acknowledged by...........cough cough......a particular company and its the carriers that bare the brunt.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 17:31

26. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


thank you for the offer Andro.. but honestly I dont care... I eat hamburger and I do know how the treat the cows that feed me... I have seen Supersize me and Fast Food Nation.. and only slow me down.. but thank you for your invitation

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 18:03 1

28. andro. (Posts: 1956; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Thanks you for aligning with the typical sterio of islaves,low level thinking,no awareness of thought and little concern for when things are wrong they just do what they are told and buy what is marketed straight too them......rejoice we do get a good laugh off ye daily!!!

Thank god i suppose for in a way as those below in slumber below pumping money out for nothing to the likes of apple make the ecomomy circulate for those high above in awareness. The world will always need a creche for kiddies like ye so the adults can have freedom lol,thank you!

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 10:17 1

4. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


They'd fixed it. Nice.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 10:29 3

5. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1599; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


releasing a new model (the 4S) doesn't "fix" the problem on the 4. It still "continues to exhibit that problem" which is why they still don't recommend it

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 11:39 2

11. c.hack (Posts: 514; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


Signal attenuation due to the metal band in the 4s has been improved to the point where measurements show the phone has average signal performance. Few phones are near perfect.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 10:44 3

6. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


I can't believe consumer reports, a supposed cunsomer advocate, is supporting such an overly expensive, hardware outdated advice.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 10:57 6

7. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I can't believe an Apple obsessed troll posted on this article.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 11:37 2

10. c.hack (Posts: 514; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


Typical fandroid response - anything Apple is bad. Any blog or publications that likes an Apple product must be biased. So many Android fanboys turned into mindless trolls, I switched to the iPhone partly out of disgust for the fandroids.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 12:22 2

13. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Consumer reports has proven irrelevant. They had no impact on Apple's sales.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 12:39

15. c.hack (Posts: 514; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


Yes, that's why 1/2 the tech blogs have linked to their story - because they are irrelevant.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 12:44 4

16. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


okay nice.... and what abt battery gate ??? SIRI gate ??? lol

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 12:50 1

17. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


We will talk about androids deficits in another article.

Don't worry you have iris

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 13:01 2

18. Johnny_Mnemonic (Posts: 240; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Way didn't jobs admitted the problem he didn't got the (courage) to admit he made a bad product

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 13:54 3

20. blackrose (Posts: 48; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


they also claim this two new antenna thing is the first of its kind on any devices such lies Samsung bought a company that came up with that tech awhile back and owns a patient over this it could be the same on samsung holds since there are not many ways of doing this or none at all other than theres Phonearena posted a aericle about this a while back in the iphone 4s heat. so apple stealing again and pretending you invented something you didnt

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 15:24

23. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


the iphone still sold well without the blessing.... didnt need them then,., dont need them now....

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 16:54 1

25. _TheGreatIam (Posts: 16; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


The fact that Consumer Reports has not caused a decline in Apple's sales doesn't make it irrelevant...Just not important to those who think a phone's worth is based on sales.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 17:32

27. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


true you are right...

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 20:40 1

29. Johnny_Mnemonic (Posts: 240; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Jobs refused to admit his mistake so he wouldn't have to make a recall

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