iphone 4 cases“Well, this is ironic. Apple’s iPhone 4, the smartphone that Consumer Reports says it can’t recommend, is also the one ranked highest in its latest ratings,” John Paczkowski reports for AllThingsD.

Paczkowski reports, “The device scored 76 out of 100 points–two points ahead of its closest rivals, the iPhone 3Gs and the HTC Evo 4G.”

Full article, with Consumer Reports’ ratings, here

MacDailyNews Take: The closeness of the score highlights Consumer Reports’ total inability to properly judge and quantify such things as operating systems, user interfaces, etc. Just look at the Consumer reports ratings charts in Paczkowski’s full article. Two measly points difference? Really? Try 20, at least, on a scale of 100. Consumer Reports, your judging criteria needs to be thrown out. It’s an abject failure. It’d be laughable if it weren’t so damn sad.

Seriously, if you haven’t already, try an iPhone 4 vs. the latest Android phone o’ the week. Give them the run through. Copy and paste something. Take a photo. Download an app or two. Try drawing a straight line on the screen (or just look at the difference between the screens). Listen to some music. Make a quick playlist. Shoot a video and edit it. Go ahead.

If you actually do that comparison, you’ll see why we consider Consumer Reports to be nothing more than a bad joke when it comes to computers and electronics, at the very least (we suspect that if they can’t do those two areas correctly, they’re probably screwing up other product areas about which we aren’t so experienced). The fact of the matter is that Consumer Reports is a jack of all trades and a master of none. Even when they manage to get it right (barely, in this case), they get it oh-so-wrong.