Consumer Reports iPhone 4 Study Flawed

Bottom line. From what I can see in the reports, Consumer Reports replicated the same uncontrolled, unscientific experiments that many of the blogging sites have done.

For the record, I never posted, tweeted, or otherwise mentioned CR’s beautiful iPhone 4 recommendation from a week ago. The reason is simple: I wouldn’t give you two cents for CR’s “experts” and analysis, good or bad. Sorry, but I’ve seen their methods and conclusions questioned too many times over the years.

I’m only posting about CR today because the same Apple bashers who paid no attention to them earlier are now ready to anoint them the wisest of all organizations. No. It’s still the same dubious, blow-with-the-popular-breeze publication it’s always been.

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4 thoughts on “Consumer Reports iPhone 4 Study Flawed

  1. I have not experienced this iPhone 4 “death grip”. I must be lucky. I must also be extremely lucky when it come to AT&T service. In and around a 30 mile radius of the Princeton, NJ area I have experience very few dropped calls. The few calls that were dropped were also in areas where, as a 15 year Verizon Wireless (VZW) customer, I also experienced dropped calls.Of course, my wife’s family are also 15 year VZW customers and relish the opportunity to remind us how bad AT&T service is whenever a call is dropped. Even when the failure was on their end. They send us every negative article about the iPhone they can find even while using their circa 1990s basic flip phones.I personally think CRs test were inconclusive as I do not believe they used a reliable testing methodology. For me to believe the results I would have to see the signal strength values of each tested phone under the same test conditions. I’m not disagreeing that the iPhone 4 may have reduced reception when held “incorrectly”. I simply want to know if that reduced reception is worse/better than it would be for the iPhone 3GS or other similar phone.

  2. @Matt said:”The iPhone 4 is the best phone I have ever used. Does it take a little thinking about how I hold it? Yes, but the same amount of thinking that it does to make sure my finger isn’t covering the camera when I take a picture.”Nicely put!

  3. the issue for me is not that there IS a flaw, it’s that not only will Apple not admit it, they will go as far as to lie and pretend software will fix it.

  4. Consumer Reports, just like many tech and Apple blogs, have figured out the best way to get traffic; criticize Apple. I am sure they are getting plenty of hits because of this new “decision” not to recommend the iPhone 4, although it tops CR’s own smart phone list. Apple is big business and so is posting negative articles about them. Does the new iPhone have a flaw? Yes, but so does every other smart phone on the market. The first Droids battery covers would fall off so Motorola and Verizon handed out tape to keep them on; the Nexus 1 would bounce in and out of 3G with little explanation or help from Google; Palm Pre’s sliders would break after simple use; and so on.The iPhone 4 is the best phone I have ever used. Does it take a little thinking about how I hold it? Yes, but the same amount of thinking that it does to make sure my finger isn’t covering the camera when I take a picture.

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