Face it Apple. Your iPhone 4 has Signal Problems and Consumer Reports’ Engineers have Proof

We see that the iPhone 4 reception ballyhoo turns up a number of times at numerous places and Apple just throws one lame excuse after another at its consumers, making things worse for itself in the end. Apple recently turned up with the idea of “Blame it all on the software” but apparently, Consumer Reports has outsmarted that idea and has conducted some extensive signal quality test on the iPhone 4 to prove this. Undoubtedly, the fault is with the crappy hardware the iPhone 4 is made of.


The  Consumer Reports blog writes,

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.

With that, Consumer Reports gives Apple thumbs down. The iPhone 4 was pitted against the Palm Pre and the iPhone 3GS on an AT&T network and none of them had signal problems of the level of iPhone 4. The report says,

We reached this conclusion after testing all three of our iPhone 4s (purchased at three separate retailers in the New York area) in the controlled environment of CU’s radio frequency (RF) isolation chamber. In this room, which is impervious to outside radio signals, our test engineers connected the phones to our base-station emulator, a device that simulates carrier cell towers (seevideo: IPhone 4 Design Defect Confirmed). We also tested several other AT&T phones the same way, including the  iPhone 3G S and the  Palm Pre. None of those phones had the signal-loss problems of the iPhone 4.

Not only this, they came up with an affordable solution for this signal problem! The solution is as it appears at many other places; to cover the antenna gap with a duct tape. Apple is selling a case to solve this “Software” issue but you can  get it free as well.

This has gotten the iPhone 4 out of the recommended phone list at Consumer Reports even though it performs exceptionally well in other categories of smartphone comparison. It is time Apple faces that it made a bad iPhone otherwise, it is going to have a bad year all throughout 2010.

(Via: Techmeme)

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Chinmoy Kanjilal

Chinmoy Kanjilal is a FOSS enthusiast and evangelist. He is passionate about Android. Security exploits turn him on and he loves to tinker with computer networks. You can connect with him on Twitter @ckandroid.