Consumer Reports recommends iPhone 4S, antenna issue fixed

Last year when the iPhone 4 was launched Consumer Reports gave the iPhone 4 its best ever points rating, but still would not recommend it. “Antennagate” left a sour taste in the product testers’ mouths and left them unable to advise people to purchase the phone while the issue was a reality. It got so bad that even non-techy people would comment on the iPhone’s lack of signal, and although that is taking the issue to an extreme, it showed that the public were aware something wasn’t quite right with the antenna. The problem only occurred when the small black gap on the left hand side of the phone was covered. “Death grip” would visibly diminish the handset’s capability to find reception, often dropping from 5 to 0 bars in the space of 30 seconds.

Fast forward to October 2011, Tim Cook and his crew proudly showed off the iPhone 4S with its new “dual-antenna” system, which would allow the device to switch between two radios if one dropped signal. Soon after the launch I did a comparison to see if “death grip” was still an obstacle. No matter how hard I tried, I could not get the 4S to drop reception. Even after I’d shot the video I tried covering all black gaps in the new devices and still couldn’t get it to lose signal.

Consumer Reports found the same. Having tested the newest iDevice, the independent firm has now given it the seal of approval with its “Recommended” stamp. The site stated that it “doesn’t suffer the reception problem we found in its predecessor.”

Does a Consumer Reports recommendation make you more likely to purchase a product? What process do you go through before deciding on your next smartphone?

Via: AppleInsider

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  • Bennett_b-ball13

    at the end of the second paragraph… You say “I still COULD get it to lose signal.” I’m sure you meant couldn’t though, right?

    • Cam Bunton

      Right. Thanks. 

  • Mikenatapats

    I had my iPhone 4 for almost 12 months now that I purchased from one of the official Thai Cellular networks in Bangkok, Thailand. I had no problems with signal loss or anything. The iPhone 4 works flawlessly. I think the antenna issues affects those iPhone 4 sold in the States mostly though. Or maybe I’m just one of those lucky IPhone 4 with no anntena issue problems. Either way I really admire and enjoy my iPhone 4 pretty much, thank you.

  • Anonymous

    Like so much else these days the so called ‘Antennagate’ was somewhat blown out of proportion. Was there a slight problem – yes – was it as catastrophic as was hyped – no – because when one bothered to dig below the surface hysteria one would find that the problem only really occured in areas where the signal was not at its strongest; hence some people had no problem with their iPhone 4, but others did.

    • Mar

      If your phone shows 5 bars when you actually have none, then that would lead to you missing a lot of incoming calls. They would go straight to voice mail.
      So the problem was very real.
      Happened to me with a Samsung dumb phone, and was very frustrating. Had to dump the phone.

  • Anonymous

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