'Consumer Reports' Satisfied that iPhone 4S Fixes Antenna Issues

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Influential ratings and reviews magazine Consumer Reports, which famously refused to recommend both the GSM and CDMA iPhone 4 models due to antenna issues, has now determined to its satisfaction that the iPhone 4S does not suffer from the same issue. The determination means that Consumer Reports is now willing to list the iPhone 4S as a "recommended" device.

Apple’s newest smart phone performed very well in our tests, and while it closely resembles the iPhone 4 in appearance, it doesn’t suffer the reception problem we found in its predecessor in special tests in our labs.

In special reception tests of the iPhone 4S that duplicated those we did on the iPhone 4, the newer phone did not display the same reception flaw, which involves a loss of signal strength when you touch a spot on the phone’s lower left side while you’re in an area with a weak signal.

Early reports from users had indeed suggested that the iPhone 4S did not possess the antenna issue that some users had complained about in the iPhone 4, but Consumer Reports clearly undertook its own testing of the device for its assessment. Consumer Reports also indicates that the 8 GB iPhone 4, introduced alongside the iPhone 4S as a lower-cost device, does continue to suffer from the antenna problem.

While Consumer Reports is now able to recommend the iPhone 4S, it does not list the device at the top of its smartphone rankings, placing it below several Android phones with larger displays and support for faster cellular networks. That was not the case last year, when the magazine ranked the iPhone 4 first among smartphones despite the antenna problem that led it to withhold a "recommended" rating.

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Top Rated Comments

AdeFowler Avatar
164 months ago
Which would be why the iPhone 4 was such a flop #sarcasm
Score: 38 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macduke Avatar
164 months ago
”I always go to Consumer Reports first for all my new tech buying decisions.”

— My Grandpa
Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ugahairydawgs Avatar
164 months ago
CR can go **** themselves. CLEARLY, quite a few million people didn't need their recommendation.

Yeah....those ******s. Looking out for consumers and all. What nerve they have providing such a service like that.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
foodog Avatar
164 months ago
Lackluster sales should skyrocket now... oh wait.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
impulse462 Avatar
164 months ago
I would like to know more about those "special tests" in their "labs".
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
HarryKeogh Avatar
164 months ago
Consumer Reports do have labs. They do employ engineers and other qualified people to set up tests and review products. They have a long history of being non-biased in their reviews.

But with that said, and maybe I'm just taking it personally (I am a huge iPhone fan) but they really seem to have a hard-on when it comes to knocking the iPhone.

Last year, it's the highest rated phone but they can't recommend it because of the antenna. Then how can it be the highest-rated phone? I know they gave some convuluted answer to that but c'mon.

And now this year, that problem is resolved but they place it behind a phone with a crappy 3D-no glasses display? And other phones seemingly because they have 4" screens and the iPhone doesn't?

Not sure what's going on at CR.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)