Hard to ignore the iPhone 4 design flaw

Updated on July 13, 2010

The influential US consumer advocacy magazine Consumer Reports released a report about the new iPhone 4 yesterday with the bottom-line conclusion: “We can’t recommend the iPhone 4.”

The magazine, which has more than 7 million subscribers and an annual testing budget of about $21 million, tested the iPhone 4 to see whether reports of poor cellular reception in certain conditions – as in, incorrectly holding the phone in your hand – were to do with a fault in the phone or not.

Consumer Reports’ video report makes it pretty clear – it looks like it’s a fault in the phone.

Full story – Lab tests: Why Consumer Reports can’t recommend the iPhone 4.

Neville Hobson

Social Strategist, Communicator, Writer, and Podcaster with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Believer in an Internet for everyone. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Avid tea drinker.

  1. Robert Safuto

    I guess it's a problem if you're a) in a weak coverage area to start with and b) pressing your finger into the gap while speaking into the phone. I'm not sure why you would press your finger into the gap intentionally while making a call. But hey, different strokes for different folks.

    FWIW I've had the iPhone 4 since launch and it is by far the best phone, portable media device and digital camera that I've ever owned. In fact, my Kodak Zi8 HD video camera has been collecting dust for the past few weeks. So yeah, there's an obvious flaw but all phones have some flaw. All-in-all the iPhone 4 signal issue is a very minor flaw in my opinion.

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