Consumer Reports Recommends the iPhone 4S As No Reception Problems Were Found


When the iPhone 4 launched last year, Consumer Reports could not recommend the device as ‘antennagate’ had taken the world by storm. This time around with the iPhone 4S, their researchers found no reception problems and have recommended the device.

In special reception tests of the iPhone 4S that duplicated those we did on the iPhone 4, the newer phone did not display the same reception flaw, which involves a loss of signal strength when you touch a spot on the phone’s lower left side while you’re in an area with a weak signal. (The iPhone 4, which is still available, continues to exhibit that problem, we confirmed in tests of new samples of the phone. Because of the flaw, we continue to omit the iPhone 4 from our list of recommended models, despite its otherwise fine performance.)

They iPhone 4S received positive marks for battery life (really?!), Siri, the new 8MP camera, and the dual-core A5 chip. The iPhone 4S didn’t top the charts though, according to Consumer Reports. Android devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S II, Motorola Droid Bionic, and the $100 LG Thrill from AT&T.

Honestly, who still reads Consumer Reports? They were valuable when the internet didn’t exist. Now, they are pretty much irrelevant as we can all do our own research and come to our own conclusions. Do you still care about Consumer Reports?


  • Red Clover Phoenix

    It’s useful for old people who want to act as though they’re not still scared by technology.

  • Cocanee

    Consumer Reports is great if you want an objective opinion on something.

    Consumers can’t buy something like tires and compare them to each other very easily.

    Just because they didn’t rate the IPhone 4S #1 and rightly had a problem with the IPhone 4’s antenna, I wouldn’t criticize them. Especially on a blog biased towards the IPhone.

  • Paul in Edmonton

    The article says “Do you still care about Consumer Reports?” and Red Clover Phoenix says “It’s useful for old people…”

    As a forty-something, very tech-oriented person, I still trust and use Consumer Reports all the time.  Why?  First, most reviews on the Internet are done quickly.  Consumer Reports almost always does in-depth reviews, and they do long-term evaluations as appropriate.  Second, in subtle and non-subtle ways, it is clear to me that most reviews on the Internet are influenced by the advertiser-publisher relationship.  Consumer Reports does not accept advertising, and that buys them a lot of credibility in my eyes.  Last, although I disagreed with Consumer Reports “not recommended” conclusion on the iPhone 4, I understood why they made that, and I respected the guts it took to make such a lightning rod conclusion.  Then, they revisited the issue with each rev of the iPhone 4 during the past year, as per points 1 and 2 above.

  • Guest

    The last paragraph of this article is what makes this site unreliable and unprofessionnal. Cocanee said it right.

    Keep it to the information, your short minded opinion is not needed.

  • Anonymous

    I still trust and care about Consumer Reports (see comments from “Paul in Edmonton” although I’m a 30 something instead of a 40 something 🙂 ).

    I’m surprised Gary that you put that last paragraph in there.  It feels like you would rather simply dismiss criticism by declaring it irrelevant rather than just simply acknowledge it, note you disagree, and move on.  Not very professional.