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Safire recommends dropping Consumer Reports

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After saying that the reason that the iPhone 4 rated the highest of any smartphone they had tested, and Apple agreeing to give away a Bumper with each iPhone 4, Consumer reports is still calling the iPhone 4 a recommended model. Whatever remaining creditability  Consumer Reports had has been completely eroded by their desire to stay in the news and continue to prolong this AntennaGate crap. My recommendation is to cancel subscriptions to Consumer Reports because they obviously have an agenda beyond providing correct reasonable information.

-AS
AdamSafire

Consumer Reports first statement

The Bumper solves the signal-strength problem. So does a piece of duct tape, as we reported earlier, or just being careful how you hold the phone. But these options all put the onus on consumers to solve or pay for a fix. We’re still calling on Apple to provide an acceptable free solution to the iPhone 4’s signal-loss problem.

—Paul Reynolds

Consumer Reports second statement

Consumer Reports believes Apple’s offer of free cases is a good first step. However, Apple has indicated that this is not a long-term solution, it has guaranteed the offer only through September 30th, and has not extended it unequivocally to customers who bought cases from third-party vendors. We look forward to a long-term fix from Apple. As things currently stand, the iPhone 4 is still not one of our Recommended models.

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July 17, 2010 at 2:55 pm

The iPhone Antenna Song

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If you bought a iPhone and don’t like take it back…an awesome way to start the Apple press conference today.

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July 16, 2010 at 9:45 pm

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The iPhone Antenna Song

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If you bought a iPhone and don't like take it back…an awesome way to start the Apple press conference today. -AS

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July 16, 2010 at 9:45 pm

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Consumer Reports Bumper fixes AntennaGate

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Check out the video of the test of Consumer Reports test of the iPhone 4 with the bumper installed.
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AdamSafire

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July 16, 2010 at 2:58 pm

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Antennagate software issue not hardware?

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The NY Times reported that the source of the problems with Apple’s iPhone 4 antenna may be in fact due to the way that the software communicates with the antenna.  I never have trusted Consumer Reports after I bought their top pick for inkjet printers   -AS

One person with direct knowledge of the phone’s design said Thursday that the iPhone 4 exposed a longstanding weakness in the basic communications software inside Apple’s phones and that the reception problems were not caused by an isolated hardware flaw. Instead, the problems emerged in the complex interaction between specialized communications software and the antenna, said the person, who agreed to speak on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter.

The person said the problems were longstanding but had been exposed by the design of the iPhone 4. All cellphones can be affected by the way a hand grips the phone, but well-designed communications software compensates for a variety of external factors and prevents calls from dropping, the person said.

Mr. Jobs did not learn about the software problem until after the iPhone 4 shipped last month, the person said.

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July 16, 2010 at 2:48 pm

AntennaGate Apple denies Bloomberg account

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The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that an Apple spokesman suggested that the Bloomberg article was based on rumors.

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On Thursday, Bloomberg News reported that Mr. Caballero had raised concerns about the antenna to Mr. Jobs. In response to the article, an Apple spokesman said, “We challenge Bloomberg BusinessWeek to produce anything beyond rumors to back this up. It’s simply not true.” A spokesman for Bloomberg News said it stands by its story.

As development on the iPhone 4 proceeded, field testing would have been limited because of Apple’s emphasis on secrecy, said people familiar with the matter.

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July 16, 2010 at 12:47 am

AntennaGate Apple denies Bloomberg account

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The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that an Apple spokesman suggested that the Bloomberg article was based on rumors.

-AS

 

On Thursday, Bloomberg News reported that Mr. Caballero had raised concerns about the antenna to Mr. Jobs. In response to the article, an Apple spokesman said, "We challenge Bloomberg BusinessWeek to produce anything beyond rumors to back this up. It's simply not true." A spokesman for Bloomberg News said it stands by its story.

As development on the iPhone 4 proceeded, field testing would have been limited because of Apple's emphasis on secrecy, said people familiar with the matter.

 

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July 16, 2010 at 12:47 am