Consumer Reports Can't Recommend iPhone 4We knew the iPhone 4 had some serious antenna issues. The reason? We’re holding it wrong, or at least that’s what Apple is telling us.

After carrying out several tests, Consumer Reports actually think the problem doesn’t come from the way we’re holding the phone but from the phone itself.

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.”

The tests also indicate that AT&T’s network might not be the primary suspect in the iPhone 4’s much-reported signal woes.

So apparently, the problem is indeed related to the hardware and not to AT&T or even the software, as Apple wants us to believe.

The signal problem is the reason that we did not cite the iPhone 4 as a “recommended” model, even though its score in our other tests placed it atop the latest Ratings of smart phones that were released today.

If you want an iPhone that works well without a masking-tape fix, we continue to recommend an older model, the 3G S.

Although the iPhone 4 is a great device, Consumer Reports can’t recommend it because of the huge antenna flaw.

As for me, yes the antenna issue really bugs me but if you ask me, I’ll say go for it! Get yourself an iPhone 4. Although I am already at my 3rd iPhone 4, I think it’s the best iDevice I’ve owned so far.

What do you think?

  • Dennis Y

    Well, Not everyone is having this issue right? at leaset the one that my friend has works fine.

  • Curtis

    My iPhone 4 rocks! The issue is more with incompetent users!

  • Lucas

    No, it pretty much exists on all iPhone 4’s (it’s a hardware problem), but it isn’t quite as noticeable if you hold it differently than how most do or if you live in an area with good signal anyways. Mine has dropped a few calls at my apartment which doesn’t have great signal to begin with, so it is noticeable. And quite a shame this is the only real setback, but very important issue with the 4.

  • SoCoMagNuM

    Ive owned the iphone 4 since launch and the only issues ive experienced is the small yellowish tent on the bottom left my screen (i did say small…only really notice it if i actually think about and and look for it…plus its not always there)

    one other issue was once the phone went into DFU mode all by itself. The phone was locked and on black screen when it happened. I tried unlocking it but nothing happened. I plugged phone to laptop and itunes said my phone was in recovery mode and needed to be restored (swipped and reinstall everything >_<. i just held power and home button to bring it out DFU mode and phone reset and all was back to normal. This only occured once though.

    I never experienced the bar issue even when i took my case off (had bumper from apple since day one before i left apple store). I tried phone bare and gripped sides completely and never lost a bar. Ive lost calls before but ive always experienced that with AT&T…nothing out the norm but not often either.

    Overall i love the iphone 4. Display is amazing (ruined my eyes…all previous versions of iphone diaplays used to look good…now they look crappy lol), front facing camera is convenient, speed is nice, and the springboard is just sleek to me…better than the widget hungry HTC EVO.

  • zeb

    What nonsense I have never had a signal problem with my iphone 4 . It is people blowing this thing way out of proportion and then the media make a none story into hysteria. And still it go’s on. Yet another none story to fill the time till a jailbreak arrives

  • zeb

    Just to add to this. I run a small business. I have a business account with my phone provider. I pre ordered 5 iphone 4’s for my staff how travel all over the country. Not one of them has lost signal or reported any issues with the phone. I should know i’m in daily contact with them all from my iPhone 4.

  • David

    Damn zeb i wouldn’t mind working for you.

  • SoCoMagNuM

    Sent me another iphone Zeb so i can test it out here in the boot (louisiana)

  • Zeb

    SoCoMagNuM Man I have practically signed my life over to the blood sucking phone provides I’m with to get 5 iPhones . I do have a number of 3G’s for sale though 😉

  • SoCoMagNuM

    Yeah man i feel ya. I still have my old 3G and people want to buy it. I honestly feel bad to sell it to someone cause when i compare the too…its pretty bad lol. But then again i need the money so i might either sell it of give it to my gf. Depends on offers.

  • Zeb

    Yeah well the 3Gs is still a very good model and over here there still selling for 300-400 UK Pounds. Although I’m thinking of keeping them as backups. Incase one of my employees loses their iPhone 4 ….God help them if they do ;-/

  • ghettocowboy

    the antenna issue is an apparent problem and is a well recognized problem and if you haven’t experienced it does not mean your phone does not have such problem. The problem is due to the design flaw and thus all iPhone 4 is affected. And also, there is also a algorithm mistake in the software that makes your phone have full bar but in fact the actual reception is around 2 to 3 bars

    You can be an Apple fan boy, but be a smart fan boy.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if you guys see Steve Jobs Poop as a golden nugget and believe it smell good too

  • SoCoMagNuM

    Im aware of the issue but if i dont suffer the symtoms its obvious i dont have the issue. Ive gripped my phone bare (no case or accessories) with both hands covering the entire sides and bottom on phone including the lower left death grip spot and still never lost a bar.

    Not denying that there is an issue cause ive seen the youtube videos before my eyes. I still enjoy using my iphone4. If the have a recall or whatever then ill just get it replaced incase they fix the small yellow tint issue..which like i said isnt that big of deal for me unless i intentionally look for it.

  • iPhoNerd

    wow… I am crossing my fingers and waiting for my iPhone 4 to be delivered on Friday (16th). I live in a fully 3g covered area and I guess I can right away figure out the problem, if it exists with the device I am going to get. Well lets see!

  • Krayedz

    Samsung galaxy s is way better than iphone 4. Of coz @sebastien says that crap is the best because he’s an iphone blogger not “idevice” blogger.

  • zeb

    Krayedz – My wife got a Samsung galaxy after she lost her iphone.. She hated it.. I thought it was ok but not a patch on an iphone in terms of touchscreen we found it to be jerky and not very responsive and many a time launching apps by mistake compared to the iPhone which is solid and slick