Consumer Reports Can’t Recommend iPhone 4 due to Reception Issues

Consumer Reports has completed its lab testing of the iPhone 4, and despite it scoring higher than all other mobile phones it was compared to, in all categories bar one, they cannot recommend it. And understandably so. Their lab tests show that the reception issues that many claim the iPhone 4 has are in fact repeatable.

Here is what they have to say:

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.

Our findings call into question the recent claim by Apple that the iPhone 4′s signal-strength issues were largely an optical illusion caused by faulty software that ‘mistakenly displays 2 more bars than it should for a given signal strength.’

Does this take the shine off your new iPhone 4? Or is it going to put you off buying one? Should Apple now, finally start giving away free Bumpers with iPhone 4s? Let us know your thoughts in the comments…

[ConsumerReports]

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Stephen NorthcottConsumer Reports Can’t Recommend iPhone 4 due to Reception Issues