Consumer Reports Warns Against Buying iPhone 4

Ever since Apple launched its iPhone 4 and the immediate user complaints about its faulty antenna, I knew something like this would soon happen:

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.

Apple iPhone 4This was the recommendation of Consumer Reports magazine who did an independent test to find out what’s really causing the iPhone 4’s frequent signal loss problem.

It’s not the poor signal from carriers, but the antenna itself that’s the root cause of the problem. Touching or covering the lower-left corner of the iPhone causes serious signal loss. Quick fixes like using specially designed cases or even using duck tape has been offered. Though it’s surprising that such a fundamental problem would plague an Apple product, more so the iPhone 4.

Of course Apple has promised a software fix but many analysts are still skeptical that it would cure the problem. Though it has not stopped the craze for the new iPhone 4 as many of my friends are itching to get their hands on it.

The iPhone 4 is still to be released here in the Philippines so there’s still no news any Pinoy iPhone 4 user complaining about the signal loss. So for now it’s a wait and see situation here.

As for me, I’m still saving up on a BlackBerry phone, sorry, not a real iPhone enthusiast here and it looks like it’s been a wise move so far.

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2 Comments

  1. Oi! Been a long time since I last visited this site.

    Interesting that one of Apple's main cash cows could cause major disappointments just because Steve-o says "you're holding it wrong". And for some reason, Apple's not taking any major steps to resolve it.

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    1. It's nice to hear from you again!

      This is the kind of thing that happens to people or companies who stay on top for too long. They tend to lose sight of what has brought them to the top and take things for granted, becoming so full of themselves it makes them arrogant and annoying.

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