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Consumer Reports Still Can't Recommend iPhone4

Consumer Reports deemed the iPhone 4 to not be good enough to put on its recommended phones list, despite it being the highest-scoring cell phone it has tested, all due to the weakness in the otherwise innovative antenna design.

The testing publication recognized that a case would solve the iPhone 4's antenna weakness, but it didn't feel that consumers should have to pay to fix what is an obvious design flaw.

So came and went Apple's emergency press conference, and on stage Steve Jobs announced that all iPhone 4 owners can get a free case and bumper through September 2010. Problem solved, right? Not quite.

Consumer Reports still can't put the iPhone 4 on the recommended list because it feels that the free cases aren't a long-term solution, due to the offer's expiry on September 30.

The magazine wrote in a blog post:

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.