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Consumer Reports Doesn't Recommend iPhone 4

Still thinking about getting an iPhone 4? Surely by now you know about the reception issues facing the new Apple device with its external antenna. Most tech sites have already covered this design flaw, but now a mainstream testing firm has re-confirmed the findings.

Independent testing and reporting group Consumer Reports has published early lab findings on the iPhone 4 and concluded that it cannot recommend buyers to pick up the new device on the basis of the antenna design flaw.

Consumer Reports conducted the test inside a radio frequency isolation chamber (to mitigate interference) and used a base station simulator (to do away with any potential AT&T issues). Their findings were that the iPhone 4 would still drop 20 decibels when a hand touched the left corner of the phone.

Thankfully, they were able to come up with a DIY fix for this problem, but nobody really wants to have a piece of duct tape on their phone for the usable lifetime of it.