iPhone 4 Study Flawed: Not scientific

By Posted 14 Jul 2010, 10:42

Since Consumer Reports said that they could not recommend purchasing the new iPhone 4, there have been a number of calls from owners and analyst that Apple should now recall the product. However, a top cell phone expert has said that the recent study was not “truly scientific”, so therefore is flawed.

Joe Aimonetti from Cnet News reports that Bob Egan, believes that all the blame should not be put on Apple – we have to start looking at AT&T as well. Although this statement seems flawed in itself, as those living outside the U.S. have also experienced loss of signal due to the antenna on the fourth-generation iPhone.

Bob Egan, an Analyst from TowerGroup reports that the Consumer Reports was not scientific, as they did the same tests at what we have all done at home – see our test. He did add that it is not certain that when you place your hand over the antenna that it is “detuning the antenna or detuning the receiver itself.”

He said based on that fact, this issue could still be solved with a software update. For now Apple has been keeping us waiting on what they will do – but they need to do it fast as this has already started to affect their shares.

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  • Slippy Sloppy

    I live in a poor reception area but my iPhone 4 shows 5 bars until I cover the antenna, then it plummets to 1 bar. Thing is I can still make calls with that 1 bar, which suggest I'm actually receiving a better reception than the antenna says. When I'm in a strong signal area however the bars are solid and won't drop no matter how I hold it.

    Someone I know is having a terrible time with his phone, even in the same area as me. So from this I think there's is a software problem BUT there's also some faulty handsets, which are being lumped into the same bracket. Hopefully the software update will fix it for most people.

  • Carolyn

    I don't have my new iPhone yet but my understanding is that for the most part the design is an improvement. A strip of plastic protection will eliminate any antenna detuning. I also worked for a loudspeaker company who was very focused on the quality of sound and Consumer Reports never learned to measure sonic accuracy. The mistakes in their reviews were legion – and impacted our sales. We could have changed our designs to match their tests but cared more about our customers and the reviewers who understood sound reproduction. So I read CR with a few grains of salt.
    I am just waiting for the white one……

  • Heather

    From all of the comments I have read about the "issues" with the iphone 4, most people complaining about it don't even own an iphone. They are mostly Verizon customers or people who dislike Apple in general. I don't have the phone yet because I am also waiting for the white version. I can assure everyone, though, not a single negative comment about the new iphone left anywhere on the internet will persuade me to not buy one, or for that matter to switch to Verizon. As a matter of fact, all of this has made me more sure then ever I will be staying away from Verizon and their Android phone.

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