Is Consumer Reports having its revenge against Apple?

“No, that’s going way too far, but Consumer Reports still deserves more well-deserved criticism,” Gene Steinberg writes for Tech Night Owl. “CR just can’t get tech gear right. More to the point, their undefined test methods result in skewing the ratings against Apple in curious ways, without an iota of apparent support with facts and figures. Worse, ratings are buried under generic labels, with no indication how the conclusions were reached.”

“So in the August 2012 issue, for example, the iPhone 4S gets, at best, middling ratings, a 67, compared to the other smartphone offerings from the major wireless carriers in the U.S.,” Steinberg writes. “Now such ratings would be deserved if all the other products examined were demonstrably superior, but there are serious questions about CR’s test standards and results.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Consumer Reports blasts Apple because they need free publicity to get a continuing stream of oblivious subscribers or the POS would mercifully cease to exist.

If you’ve unfortunately endured a brain injury and are therefore still subscribing to Consumer Reports, please cancel your subscription. Consumer Reports is garbage. Unscientific tripe. Anachronistic fish wrap. You couldn’t waste your money any more thoroughly.

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  1. I agree. Consumer Reports tries too hard to create a balance between the mediocre and the excellent like they don’t want to contribute to Apple’s already substantial lead in tech. Even if it is against consumer’s interest, ironically, to do it. Their tests are faulty and conclusions erroneous which reminds me of a line from GHOSTBUSTERS: “Your theories are the worst kind of popular tripe, your methods are sloppy, and your conclusions are highly questionable! You are a poor reviewer, Dr. CR!”

    1. I stopped reading them when they rated the then brand new 1965 Ford Galaxy 500 the best car on the road. Remember that same year there were Porsche 911s, big block Corvettes, Jaguar XKEs, Mustangs, Camaros, and the fabulous AC Cobra 427.

      1. I had one and it was a good car. Not everyone has the disposable income to afford those other vehicles, or the delusions of Speed Racer grandeur you apparently possess. I’m sure you pee yourself when cars like the Honda Accord or Toyota Camry are awarded kudos.

        1. Delusions? I’ve been a race car builder and have owned most of the cars I mentioned. So who pee’d in your Wheaties, little man? Is your Dell a “good” computer?

          1. Race car builder huh? Yeah, it takes great skill to put glass packs and an STP sticker on your mom’s sedan. You can go back to masturbating over your recent issue of Road & Track now dipshit.

  2. I canceled my subscription to that POS rag the day they gave a terrible review to a product I knew and used each and every day and couldn’t live without. (Forgive the hyperbole.) I wrote them with my objections to their article, asking if their tester had used the product for any length of time . . . or just for a few minutes/hours. A reasonable question, I thought, but one they declined to answer in any fashion.

    That’s the way of this bird cage lining rag: “We have our opinions, we can’t be wrong, we can’t be questioned, take our word for it, don’t use your own mind, BEND OVER.”

    Scroom AND the horse they rode in on.

  3. MDN, why stop going back further? You don’t have any records back further than 2005?

    I remember back in the “dark days” when a CR article compared “equivalent” Mac and Windows and claimed the Mac was a factor or two or more slower then the Windows machine. Turns out in order to do a “direct comparison” they thought they needed to use the Windows version of Office on both machines! (Presumably in the completely delusional attempt to have the exact same software running on both machines.) Thus they were running Windows on a PowerPC based Mac under emulation. Obviously, this slowed things down a LOT.

    It should have been abundantly clear to anyone with two functioning brain cells (but not CR) that emulating an Intel chip on a PowerPC chip should have been dead slow.

    However, when CR did their report they did not mention this emulation at all. They merely stated that one of their primary benchmarks was running identical versions of Office on both machines.

    CR has not gotten any better since!

  4. It’s a shame… Once upon a time, Consumer Reports was an important publication providing an invaluable service to consumers. But the world has moved on and the magazine hasn’t moved on with it. Really, it’s worthless now.

    I came to this conclusion when I tried to use their ratings to help me buy a new microwave oven, only to learn that every model they reviewed was no longer available to buy, rendering their ratings utterly worthless. And the issue in question was only a few months old. I mentioned this to the appliances guy at the store, and he said that appliance models turn over so fast these days that CR can’t keep up.

    Before that experience, I figured CR was still worth looking at for non high-tech stuff. But now I understand — this magazine no longer has a reason to exist.

    “Selling It” is still funny, though. But I can read that on the shelf.


  5. Consumer Reports?!

    like everything in our society in USA, it’s all fake, all facade.
    we do not live in democracy but pseudo-freedom.
    Consumer Reports is supposed to protect us consumers from corporate hype or corruption and media bias or lies.

    just as FDA is supposed to protect us citizens from the pharma industry but the government labs don’t see, and the people don’t boycott, the fact that there’s a huge conflict of interest, since those protection labs are funded by the pharma industry?!

    just as the FDA approves all the food we take in, whose labs are sponsored not by tax $ but the industries they’re trying to protect us from. no other country is so immature & highly irresponsible. our diet industry is even worse than our junk food industry, abusing, getting us addicted and consume more food! but it’s FDA or gov-approved!

    Consumer Reports should be boycotted and killed. period. but then again, so should the media. our news media is so biased, so full of shit. it’s an epidemic in our society but the real blame is us people who don’t mind it or it wouldn’t exist. we’ve become numbed down drones or droids, no longer human or intelligent.

    we can choose to kill those dumbed services/product companies 1 by 1, though.

    enough is enough.

  6. Consumer Reports have gotten it so wrong for so long I have never made a purchase decision based on their “research reports”.
    In the middle 70’s I worked in the photography business and 35mm SLRs were in their heyday.
    Consumer Reports listed the Rollei SL35 as having a hot shoe. In fact, the camera didn’t even have an accessory shoe.
    I was as fanatical about accuracy and precision then as I am now.
    Consumer Reports can not be used as a useful authority for anyone to make informed purchase decisions and clearly can not be used as an endorsement for any product.

  7. Well, you could waste your money more thoroughly. Buy an iPad or iPhone wannabe!

    I lost faith in CR when I purchased a used car based on their repair and reliability ratings. The car was disaster. It was recalled six times before I drove it to a junk yard, got $200 for it and then ran all the way to the nearest bus stop before they found out how bad it was. The year was 1976….and the car was a 1971 Lincoln Mercury Capri, “the sexy European”. The Capri had Ford, Lucas, and Bosch parts — the manuals would list all three because you would never know which parts were actually installed in your vehicle. Sound familiar? No integration, no total user experience considered…just like PC chassis from the other guys!

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