Antennagate Round 2 – Consumer Reports Slams the iPhone 4

While most Verizon iPhone 4 owners seem overwhelmingly satisfied with their purchase, Consumer Reports thinks otherwise, as the publication just released an article describing reception issues experienced with the device. Similarly to what happened with the at&t version of the iPhone 4, the device seems to perform poorly when held a certain way. As a result, and for the second time in less than a year, Consumer Reports slammed the device, and does not recommend its readers to purchase it.
The Verizon iPhone 4 has a problem that could cause the phone to drop calls, or be unable to place calls, in weak signal conditions, Consumer Reports engineers have found in lab tests. The problem is similar to the one we confirmed in July with the AT&T version of Apple’s newest smart phone. It can occur when you hold either version of the phone in a specific but quite natural way in which a gap in the phone’s external casing is covered.
The set of tests used to benchmark the at&t iPhone 4 was used to benchmark the Verizon iPhone 4 as well, and according to Consumer Reports, the new device does not perform any better than the original. Interestingly enough, Consumer Reports also notes that “the phone performs superbly in most other respects, and using the iPhone 4 with a case can alleviate the problem.” In other words, users should simply purchase a bumper for their device if they happen to run into the issue. Also note that the iOSnoops team never experienced the ‘death grip’ issue described by Consumer Reports while using both Verizon and at&t iPhone 4, as the issue only arises when the devices are held abnormally.