“I’m beginning to think that Antennagate — the so-called scandal over the Apple iPhone 4’s reception issues — has become the most ridiculous tech story of the year,” Michael Comeau writes for Minyanville.
“Let’s recap the problem,” Comeau writes. “A small number of people reported iPhone 4 reception problems related to how they held the phone. I say a ‘small number”‘ because there’s still absolutely zero evidence of a high return rate or widespread customer dissatisfaction.”
“Then, a whole bunch of media types started trying to recreate the problem themselves by holding their phones every which way, trying to get the signal to drop,” Comeau writes. “So while these techno-hypochondriacs didn’t actually suffer from or notice this problem, they were determined to do so once they saw the opportunity to jump all over Apple.”
Comeau writes, “Consumer Reports delivered a magnificent troll job this week when it said it ‘couldn’t recommend the iPhone 4.’ …I’m just playing devil’s advocate here, but who cares about how well the iPhone 4 performs in an isolation chamber? I don’t make phone calls from my isolation chamber. No, I only use my isolation chamber to breathe in pure oxygen and protect myself from germs.”
“But wait, there’s more,” Comeau writes. “When Consumer Reports first looked at the iPhone 4, it said “some reviewers have reported problems with reduced reception when the iPhone 4 is being held in the left hand. So far, we’ve been unable to replicate the problems.” Unable to replicate the problems. Unable to replicate the problems. Unable to replicate the problems. Get it?”
Comeau writes, “I’d like to know: How in the blue hell does Consumer Reports place admittedly ‘anecdotal indications’ from an isolation chamber above what it found in normal use?”
Read more in the full article – recommended – here.
MacDailyNews Take: Because if Consumer Reports didn’t place admittedly “anecdotal indications” from an isolation chamber above what it found in normal use, their website wouldn’t have a bunch of extra hits from a highly-desireable demographic that rarely, if ever, visits their paywall.
Seriously, if you ever find yourself reading Consumer Reports, stop! Just put it down and leave it in the doctor’s office along with the large print Reader’s Digest. If you’re subscriber… Yikes! Cancel immediately, you’re embarrassing yourself. Go read The Weekly World News instead, at least their “reports” have aliens.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “GetMeOnTop” for the heads up.]