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  • Consumer Reports 'Lab Tests' Find Death Grip in Verizon iPhone


    Our friends at Consumer Reports are at it again. On Friday, the venerable consumer advocate publication took aim at the Verizon iPhone. As with its "lab tests" that similarly prompted the magazine to withdraw its recommendation of the iPhone 4 at the height of Antennagate, the publication is once again slamming the popular Apple smartphone. This time, the Verizon iPhone is the target.

    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.
    Essentially hearkening back to claims that the iPhone 4 suffers from the "death grip" phenomenon, Consumer Reports wants readers to know that the CDMA Verizon iPhone has the same problem. "When we placed the Verizon iPhone 4 into the Apple iPhone 4 Bumper," the report noted, "the problem was essentially eliminated, as it was in our original tests of the AT&T iPhone, when it was placed into a Bumper."

    Ultimately, however, it seems that Consumer Reports has achieved little other than to draw criticism toward its own credibility. As millions of satisfied AT&T and Verizon customers can arrest, the iPhone 4 is not a fatally flawed device undeserving of recommendation. While yours truly won't go as far as to question the integrity of the report and their underlying "tests," some Apple fans - notwithstanding their obvious bias - believe editors at Consumer Reports enjoyed the global attention their publication received last year in the wake of Antennagate. And while Consumer Reports may truly believe that their non-recommendation of the iPhone 4 is warranted, they all but certainly also love the attention they receive when the "Death Grip" is discussed in their publications.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Consumer Reports 'Lab Tests' Find Death Grip in Verizon iPhone started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 77 Comments
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Leave it to Consumer Reports (the iPhone Haters) to find this. Can't this rumor be squashed already? Doesn't every phone have this vulnerability to some extent?
    1. nicrfe's Avatar
      nicrfe -
      Quote Originally Posted by vantheman169 View Post
      Leave it to Consumer Reports (the iPhone Haters) to find this. Can't this rumor be squashed already? Doesn't every phone have this vulnerability to some extent?
      Fan boy bs. The iPhone 4 has a problem. Most phones don't have external antennas that you grab while on the phone and thus do not have this problem. Is big problem ? I say no. But let's be honest it is a problem.
    1. zeroskater61's Avatar
      zeroskater61 -
      Ummmm hello same damn phone just different network. Yah a few things were swapped around for the device to work on verizon but it wasn't ment to make the issue go away.

      Am in AT&T by the way.
    1. DevouredDreams's Avatar
      DevouredDreams -
      mike from consumer reports has an iphone 4
    1. ohthatguyagain's Avatar
      ohthatguyagain -
      Anyone head back to YouTube to listen to songadayman's vid about CR and iPhone 4? ... That was a great video...
    1. ohthatguyagain's Avatar
      ohthatguyagain -
      Quote Originally Posted by nicrfe View Post
      Fan boy bs. The iPhone 4 has a problem. Most phones don't have external antennas that you grab while on the phone and thus do not have this problem. Is big problem ? I say no. But let's be honest it is a problem.
      Every major smart phone in existence suffers antennagate to some extent when held directly in-hand versus a case. Thousands of tests back this data up. Google it. Find out for yourself. Don't just take anybody's word for it: the search box on your browser is like 500 pixels away. Seriously.
    1. Sticky111's Avatar
      Sticky111 -
      mike needs a new hair piece
    1. nicrfe's Avatar
      nicrfe -
      Quote Originally Posted by ohthatguyagain View Post
      Every major smart phone in existence suffers antennagate to some extent when held directly in-hand versus a case. Thousands of tests back this data up. Google it. Find out for yourself. Don't just take anybody's word for it: the search box on your browser is like 500 pixels away. Seriously.
      The issue with the iPhone is way different then with any other phone. I show people every time this comes up. Short the 2 antennas on the sides of the phone with the part along the bottom using your hand or copper wire. Every time on every iPhone 4 if I get good contact with the copper the signal is lost. Go to google and find one other phone that is like that. But like you say don't just take anyones word for it. Go try it yourself.
    1. nicrfe's Avatar
      nicrfe -
      You can't compare signal attenuation as it passes through your hands on other phones to the iPhone antennas literally shorting out when you hold it.
    1. xclusiveiphone's Avatar
      xclusiveiphone -
      It's just the nature of having an exposed antenna that you touch all the time.
    1. mhtruth's Avatar
      mhtruth -
      I've had to Iphone 4's since release and this antennae crap is a load of steaming hype. If Consumer Reports really tested the iphone 4 they would know that the PROXIMITY SENSOR is the major issue with it. Its responsible for my DROPPED CALLS (hang-ups... im always using wired headphones or a bluetooth.
    1. Nickaroni22's Avatar
      Nickaroni22 -
      AntennaGate II, starring same phone, different provider! With the same over kill reports!
    1. yair_213's Avatar
      yair_213 -
      Who cares? I got iPhone 4 n im happy. Stop talking crap and go vibrate your phone
    1. nicrfe's Avatar
      nicrfe -
      Quote Originally Posted by mhtruth View Post
      I've had to Iphone 4's since release and this antennae crap is a load of steaming hype. If Consumer Reports really tested the iphone 4 they would know that the PROXIMITY SENSOR is the major issue with it. Its responsible for my DROPPED CALLS (hang-ups... im always using wired headphones or a bluetooth.
      I'm with you on the proximity sensor. That is the biggest issue for me.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by nicrfe View Post
      Fan boy bs. The iPhone 4 has a problem. Most phones don't have external antennas that you grab while on the phone and thus do not have this problem. Is big problem ? I say no. But let's be honest it is a problem.
      Why is that "fan boy bs"? Other smartphones have the same issue not just the iPhone. We know its a problem already so who freakin cares that CR is saying that the Verizon iPhone has it?? It's out already, nothing you can do about it...move on.
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Not again with this bs please....
    1. iNT3Rv3NTiONZz's Avatar
      iNT3Rv3NTiONZz -
      F*** what consumer reports says, i never have problems and i never use a bumper..


      Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
    1. dq13's Avatar
      dq13 -
      we all know it exists and we all know that it depends on where you live... Some people are where signal strength is perfect so the "death grip" is not an issue, but for some people it was a big problem, like me... I had 5 out of 10 calls dropped. this made me sell the phone as I can not (as anyone else) deal with 50% of my calls being lost, so I am happy with Galaxy S until next iphone is released
    1. mhtruth's Avatar
      mhtruth -
      Quote Originally Posted by dq13 View Post
      we all know it exists and we all know that it depends on where you live... Some people are where signal strength is perfect so the "death grip" is not an issue, but for some people it was a big problem, like me... I had 5 out of 10 calls dropped. this made me sell the phone as I can not (as anyone else) deal with 50% of my calls being lost, so I am happy with Galaxy S until next iphone is released
      So did u get a galaxy S on AT&T or a different carrier?
    1. btsrus's Avatar
      btsrus -
      What a bunch of jack holes. Enough of this already!