Consumer Reports has just announced that it “can’t recommend the iPhone 4? due to the infamous antenna issue. The site’s test engineers have recently confirmed the problem after undertaking an extensive test.
Three separately purchased handsets were connected to a base-station emulator – a device which simulates cell towers – in an impervious isolation chamber. There, Consumer Reports’ test engineers were able to confirm that, when touching the iPhone’s lower-left antenna bridge, the handset’s signal significantly decreases.
Here’s what Consumer Reports said on its site:
“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.”