Consumer Reports Doesn’t Recommend iPhone 4 Because of ‘Death Grip’ Signal Strength Issues



After the launch of iPhone 4, the biggest issue that is being highlighted is its signal reception issueApple has said in a statement that they would solve this problem with a software update soon, as it is just a ‘software problem’ according to them. But we all know it’s not just the software that’s causing the issues. Consumer Reports has now confirmed that iPhone 4 has reception issues and that is why they cannot recommend it until Apple fixes this problem.

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This problem occurs normally when users touch the lower left side of iPhone 4 and if you are in a low signal area at that moment, then the signal strength will almost die. Well, if somebody tells you to stop holding it from that side, it’s not such a great fix since it is nearly impossible to use then, especially for lefties. This is why Consumer Reports is unable to offer a “recommended” label for iPhone 4 even with all its great features.

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.

They also compared iPhone 4 with previous generations of iPhones and other smartphones but among all of those, iPhone 4 has the biggest issues with reception. Consumer Reports also gave a little solution to this problem which is to cover the problematic area with a bumper or tape. But covering it with tape makes it look ugly that’s why iPhone 4 users should buy bumpers.

It would be interesting to see Apple’s response at this report as they were saying that the iPhone 4 does not have any hardware issues. Looks like they were just hiding from the problem. Those who are not satisfied with their iPhone 4s have an option to return it within a month.
[via macrumors]

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