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

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:


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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  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB

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29 Comments

1. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

yahooooooo. lol

2. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

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

3. Johnny_Mnemonic

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

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

8. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

9. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 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.

12. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

14. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

19. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

21. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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

22. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

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

24. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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.

26. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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

28. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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!

4. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

They'd fixed it. Nice.

5. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1773; Member since: Oct 18, 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

11. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 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.

6. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I can't believe consumer reports, a supposed cunsomer advocate, is supporting such an overly expensive, hardware outdated advice.

7. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

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

10. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 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.

13. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

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

15. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

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

16. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

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

17. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

We will talk about androids deficits in another article. Don't worry you have iris

18. Johnny_Mnemonic

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

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

20. blackrose

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 15, 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

23. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

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

25. _TheGreatIam

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 03, 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.

27. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

true you are right...

29. Johnny_Mnemonic

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

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

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