Product testing organization Consumer Reports — after initially downplaying the iPhone 4's antenna-bezel "Death Grip" reception problems — have done a brisk about-face and yanked their initial recommendation of the handset.
Confirming what users and tech bloggers (including — ahem — iSmashPhone.com) have been saying since Day One, CR performed their own reception tests in the controlled environment of their radio frequency (RF) isolation chamber. Using both an iPhone 3GS and a Palm Pre as controls, they confirmed that the i4 suffered handling-based signal-strength loss and dropped connections, whereas the 3GS and Pre did not. They also officially shot down Apple's "oh, the signal-strength-calculating algorithm we've been using is wrong" excuse. On the plus side, they admitted that the i4's improved display and battery life, front-facing camera and gyroscope contributed to their original recommendation.
Ironically, CR's short-term solutions to the problem are (a) continue to use your 3GS, (b) buy a case, or (c) cover the antenna gap with a piece of duct tape:
Duct tape? REALLY, ConsReps? Sticky tape residue all over your shiny new US$200.00 smart phone? Frankly, we like OUR solution better :-).
This is a big foresight on the part of Consumer Reports, kinda late to the game removing recommended status for iPhone 4.
Who is gonna write consumer report on Consumer Reports?
[Via Consumer Reports]