“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,” Paul Reynolds and Mike Gikas write for Consumer reports.
“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,” Reynolds and Gikas write. “The phone performs superbly in most other respects, and using the iPhone 4 with a case can alleviate the problem.”
“With the iPhone 4, we placed a finger in contact with the lower-left-side gap. Reception typically dropped notably within 15 seconds or so of the gap being bridged. The iPhone eventually dropped calls when touched at very low signal strength—that is, at levels of around one bar in the phone’s signal-strength meter.”
MacDailyNews Take: All smartphones attenuate when held.
“At each level at which calls were dropped, we subsequently tried to place calls from the iPhone with our finger covering the gap,” Reynolds and Gikas write. “In all such cases, we couldn’t initiate a call… When we placed the Verizon iPhone 4 into the Apple iPhone 4 Bumper, a $29 frame-like cover sold by the company, the problem was essentially eliminated, as it was in our original tests of the AT&T iPhone, when it was placed into a Bumper.”
Reynolds and Gikas write, “We are not including the Verizon iPhone 4 in our list of recommended smart phones, despite its high ranking in our Ratings.”
MacDailyNews Take: “High ranking,” as in: Atop.
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MacDailyNews Take: And so concludes Consumer Remorse’s latest attempt to ride Apple’s coattails to free publicity for a rag we wouldn’t recommend to anyone for anything.
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