Bad technology news for the iPhone 4. Çonsumer Reports says the device is flawed and will not recommend it to consumers for purchase. Tell us about your own experience in the comments below and your odds on an iPhone recall.
This is a Right Pundits open talk thread in which you are welcome to discuss this topic or any other of your choosing today. I am choosing to discuss the iPhone 4, the review by Consumer Reports, and my own PDA woes.
My own device is a Motorola Q which was acquired two years ago mainly for the large (at the time) display screen. It has some nice features but I cannot say it is rugged. The wife backed over the sucker a year ago (her fault for sure) which cracked the case. Luckily it was still under warranty. The kids spilled water on the replacement which turned the white dot into that dreaded pink color which invalidates the new warranty on the device.
I’m okay with that because I’m tired of it. In fact I had been eying the iPhone4, waiting for prices to come down just enough to make the upgrade worthwhile. Now what am I suppose to do?
The iPhone 4, consumer reports claims, is flawed. The heart of the matter is the antenna problem, which leads to poor reception that was reported last week by Apple itself. According to Apple Computer, a software fix is all that is needed to fix the reception problem. The world awaited the fix.
But according to Consumer Reports’ own Mike Gikas, that is not going to do the trick.
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. 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.
Apple needs to come up with a permanent — and free — fix for the antenna problem before we can recommend the iPhone 4.
Since this story broke people are now speculating about an iPhone recall. So what are your thoughts on the Apple iPhone 4 – Consumer Reports’ knockdown punch, your own tales of technical woe, or anything else on your mind today.