There are approximately 10 days left to return your iPhone 4
It seems that every time I bring up the iPhone 4 antenna reception problems I and everyone I know is experiencing, and cite supporting evidence from other sites such as Ars, Gizmodo, Engdaget, etc, I get inundated with comments like “Forget about all those “blogs”, Consumer Reports says they found no signal issue, and they’re Consumer F’ng Reports, not some tech blog”. Well, while I won’t go into defending the fine nerds at those blogs who I believe are every bit as capable of hooking their iPhone to various meters and such that measure signal suckage as the fine nerds at Consumer Reports, guess who just came out bashing the iPhone 4’s signal problems? Yes, Consumer Reports has completed their official review of the iPhone 4 and rated it a “No Buy”.
What’s really telling is that Consumer Reports rates the iPhone 4 as the best mobile device in history in virtually every possible category, yet they cannot recommend people buy the device due to the glaringly bad reception issue.
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.
Consequently, Consumer Reports notes that it is unable to recommend the iPhone 4 until Apple comes up with a permanent and free fix for the signal issues.
So, taking into consideration Apple’s 30 day return policy for the iPhone 4, “day one” buyers now have about 10 days to decide whether or not they want to return their phones. Personally, I am truly on the fence here, as the issue is THAT bad. However, the thought of checking in with AT&T as to whether or not I could trade it in for an iPhone 3G S and still retain my “discounted” subsidized price (or hopefully get a lower one) almost has me thinking I’ll hold onto it and hope this highly publicized report from CR is enough to embarrass Apple into a recall. Apple is apparently more than aware of Consumer Reporta‘ findings, as they have been actively pulling all discussion threads mentioning the article from their support forums on the report.
[via Mac Rumors]