Consumer Reports Refuses to Recommend iPhone 4

Ummm, Steve, I think you are holding it wrong.

This is almost too good to be true for iPhone haters, but in a report over at, Consumer Reports is saying that it cannot recommend the iPhone 4 because of the antenna issues that it is having.  A quote from the article;

“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,” Consumer Reports said. “Due to this problem, we can’t recommend the iPhone 4.”

Consumer Reports has long been held in regard for the extensive testing that the organization does on electronic products.  At 7.3 MILLION subscribers, this is a public relations nightmare, and gives real creedence to the fact that the iPhone 4 has some issues to work through. Consumer Reports did say that when a free case or fix is released that remedies the problem, they will re-evaluate the iPhone 4. In the meantime, if you were wanting an iPhone, you could just get an Android handset, Andy doesn’t care how you hold him!

  • Antonio

    Hey Guys, this post should not be he here. F*ck iphone. really. just ignore them. The only place they belong in this blog is when doing a marketshare comparison to see how their's is shrinking versus the android. nowhere else.

    • I agree. It's sad to see all this pointless competitors bashing. To be relevant this article should at least have something like: "On the contrary "Consumer Reports" praised EVO as best invention since sliced bread"

    • Spencer

      I don't really mind it; I love to see the failure that iphone is 🙂

  • ari-free

    android guys, I check your site everyday thanks to the headlines from adrolib "News from Androidosphere"
    Keep up the good work

  • G–

    Hate to say it but the N1 has that issue aswell, sill I like the n1 more.

    • dswatson

      N1 can get a signal drop, but it is not caused by the same problem. I also have not heard of reduced data speeds and dropped calls as a result, though I don't own an N1. Apple has a straight up design issue that really is not remedied w/o a case. You cant freaking short the antenna by touching the device on an N1. Definitely not the same issue.

  • Josh

    @Ari-Free, that’s also a bad thing. I have a Motorola Cliq, it’s stuck at 1.5 a friend of mine has a G1 running 1.6 I have the newer phone but he has a newer Android version. Apple only has to worry about 2 devices, iPhone 4 and the 3GS. The fragmentation of Android is one of the few faults I can find with the platform.

  • JohnB

    I for one am loving this Apple bad press! This can only help Android make further market share gains. Finally everyone else sees how Apple can be so insanely arrogant, stuff we non walled garden types have known for years.

  • Stoklait_Charfish

    Yes, AppleHandJobs richly deserves having this knife twisted in his arrogant scrawny ass, and the negative PR can only improve Android marketshare, so if you stick it in and break it off – well done, I say!

  • I see these problems are fixed in the iPhone5: 😉

  • Art

    To say this article is bias would be an understatement. The real story here is even with the reception issue that not everyone is having. The phone is still sold out everywhere and is the number one rated smartphone by Consumer Reports. You forgot to put that in there. So I will help you out :

    I've owned both phones so I am definitely not a fanboy.

  • Josh

    It’s funny that Apple has a phone that has issues and it gets blown out of proportion like this. HTC has had signal issues, screen problems and whatever else, Motorola will only cater to the Droid and ignore the other models when it comes to updates. Samsung just flat out refused to go past 1.6 on the behold, but oh no Apple has a signal issue that DOES NOT affect every iPhone and it’s the end. I love Android but come on, it’s far from perfect just like iPhone.

    • See Josh, the difference is that Apple is the only maker of the iPhone, so they are the only company to blame for the issues being had. All the issues you mentioned are valid, but not Google's fault, and certainly not in the same realm of hardware not working like it should. And no one in the Android world is telling the Android users "You're holding it wrong".

      • Josh

        I never said that it was Googles fault, the only reason this is headline news is because its the iPhone. This is where Google has it good with Android opposed to Apple and the iPhone, Google can shift the blame to hardware manufacturers and not lose anything by it. I know that my Cliq is probably never going to get the 2.1 update but I cant blame that on Google because Motorola makes the phone and controls updates so that means Google has not done anything to keep me from trying another Android phone. Google can always shift the blame to cover Android, Apple cant shift the blame to cover iOS.

  • It’s funny, even apple release craps product sometimes.

  • Android is the leader.

  • Thats sad when even the Android guys can't stick to covering android and have to take time to hate on someone else's phone. Dang and i once had respect for ya'll for being that cool laidback doing our own thing crowd. Now ya'll are just as bad as the always angry Blackberry users.

  • IPhone must fix the problem 🙂

  • hello

  • Maddog

    Shares down, recall imminent – way to go Skeletor!

  • i think Iphone is perfect.

  • Masztaar

    revray35 is right. Android is an OS not a phone – Apple could actually get away with this if they apologized and released a FREE fix for the phone, but instead they are arrogant as ever. For example, there is no valid reason why their phones dont support flash, führer Jobs says its because he thinks its outdated, and that he made a choice to not use it – SO WHAT if its out of date? if 95% of the damn internet uses it then why not just have it in the phone regardless? Its like saying "we are not going to release our new phone, because in a year or two we will have invented yet another, better phone" its pure INSANITY. Apple fanboys make me twitch since they are the ones being screwed over, disrespected and ignored – yet still they defend Apple by using the same insane excuses that Jobs does.