Dudes, put the Bumper on the iPhone 4 and move on

Dudes, put the Bumper on the iPhone 4 and move on

Summary: Consumer Reports, like many other technology reviewers, is having plenty of trouble with the iPhone 4. On one hand it offers a really great mobile experience, does almost everything that a user would want, sports a fantastic screen, workable video conferencing and a zillion applications. And then there's this occasional problem with the antenna that can be easily worked around. Obviously, this phone is a failure.

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Consumer Reports, like many other technology reviewers, is having plenty of trouble with the iPhone 4. On one hand it offers a really great mobile experience, does almost everything that a user would want, sports a fantastic screen, workable video conferencing and a zillion applications. And then there's this occasional problem with the antenna that can be easily worked around. Obviously, this phone is a failure.

I enjoyed the passive-aggressive quality of the Consumer Reports reviews. (Please note that I'm a supporter of the Consumer Reports Foundation and a subscriber to the print edition.)

In its review section, the reviewer calls it the iPhone 4 "a high-scoring, versatile, and innovative smart phone that performs even better than its 3G S predecessor. A very good choice for multimedia addicts--and even corporate users."

Here, the iPhone 4's score of 76 is several points higher than the top-scoring iPhone 3GS, which is tied with the HTC Evo 4G. The new Apple iPhone is the top-rated smart phone. But Consumer Reports can't recommend the top-rated unit because of its antenna problem. It wants an integrated, free fix.

However, over on the Consumer Reports blog, we read how easy it is to fix the phone. I mean all that you need is a piece of tape.

We did, however, find an affordable solution for suffering iPhone 4 users: Cover the antenna gap with a piece of duct tape or another thick, non-conductive material. It may not be pretty, but it works. We also expect that using a case would remedy the problem. We'll test a few cases this week and report back.

Do that. But in the mean time, can't everyone just put a Bumper case on their iPhone 4 and then go out enjoy the best phone on the market? Or a piece of tape. Is this so hard?

Topics: Smartphones, Hardware, iPhone, Mobility, Telcos

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  • RE: Dudes, put the Bumper on the iPhone 4 and move on

    Pay hundreds of dollars for a sleek device you have to put duct tape on???? Sorry, but this column reeks of fanboyism.
    ShowMeGrrl
    • DM has problem admitting Apple sux

      Worse than shipping a lemon is to charge customers 30$ for a fix.

      But it's still not the worst until fanboy apologists jump out of woodwork, defending it w/ silly "so what" brain dead lip stick excuses.

      iPhone = lemon. Crapple is no better than MSFT. Quit sissy whining and deal with it like a man.
      LBiege
      • Apple fans will buy bricks if Apple sais its an iPhone

        @LBiege

        You can t change that fact. But they will get what they deserve JUNK and call it the best phone there is.

        Just read the words of this blog and see what technical analysis proves. iPhone 4G barely caught up on specs with Android and actually lags it.

        Samsung S is out this week.. it has HDMI via a 3.5mm phone jack. Droid X is as well. The both have a similar or same processor as the iPhone 4G running 25% faster. It has a nicer screen thats larger, more real state = easier to read. Resolution is up to par with 4G. Speed its faster cause it runs Android 2.1 and 2.2 is just behind Samsung promised it this year.

        You can surf the web with Android now with a phone that actually works under all circumstances.

        Or you can buy a brick phone you can show off, wont surf the net and it has limited capabilities.. though it shines!
        Uralbas
      • @Uralbas I don't care

        @LBiege
        I want the one with the bigger GEE BEEs.
        ericesque
      • Wish you would stop spreading lies...

        @Uralbas<br><br>Won't surf the net? How did you arrive to that conclusion?<br><br>And you spec nerds kill me. You say the iPhone 4 barely caught up to Android on specs but yet it scored the highest in CR amoung all other smart phones. It's not all about the number of features or higher the numbers but how well it works (ie - iPhone 4 5mp Camera is already rated the best).
        dave95.
      • RE: Dudes, put the Bumper on the iPhone 4 and move on

        @LBiege Who's whining? Put a case on that bad boy like you were going to do anyhow and there ya go, problem solved! It's not like you weren't going to buy a case...
        athynz
      • Someone needs to learn how to read

        @Uralbas: Starting with the statement, <i>"iPhone 4G barely caught up on specs with Android and actually lags it."</i> CR put the iPhone 4 (not 4G) at the top, even above your different Android models and the iPhone 3G came in second, above all those same Android models. As has been proven many times over the decades, specs alone do not a product make; it's how they perform together that makes it truly usable.
        Vulpinemac
      • RE: Dudes, put the Bumper on the iPhone 4 and move on

        @LBiege You are such a pathetic critic. Like a man? Like your manhood is measure by the size of your cellphone?

        Heh.
        ewelch
    • RE: Dudes, put the Bumper on the iPhone 4 and move on

      @ShowMeGrrl

      I agree. Only someone who was absolutely in love with Apple, would pay money for a phone that can't call, without having to "fix" it, and tell everyone to forget about that issue and move on, as if it's not an issue...
      Mzanzi
      • Unless you own one and know this for a fact,

        @Mzanzi: STFU. For every 1(one) report of problems, 100(one hundred) anti-Apple zealots cheer in glee that their favorite whipping-boy made a mistake. Why is that?

        I happen to agree with David M. and say, "If you don't like it, just shut up and get something else." My bet is that when it comes available on some other provider than AT&T, you'll be swarming all over it just like any other so-called fanboy.
        Vulpinemac
      • "can't call, without having to "fix" it

        @Mzanzi - is a lie.

        YOU LIE!
        People
    • RE: Dudes, put the Bumper on the iPhone 4 and move on

      @ShowMeGrrl

      No kidding. Dudes move on??!!!

      What a joke. Nice to see David setting the tech bar so low that any manufacturer can ship whatever crap and the only reaction you'll get from him is "oh well, that's life".

      You'll forgive me if I don't accept that, either relating to Apple or anyone else.

      The phone was purposely designed with the flaw because it LOOKS NICER. There was Steve Jobs, on stage, making a point of the amazing antenna and the overall design.

      There is a big different between "Oops we made an error" and "We designed it this way on purpose even though we knew it degraded the signal, but Marketing saw an opportunity to sell $30 covers".
      croberts
      • Silly Comment

        @croberts "The phone was purposely designed with the flaw because it LOOKS NICER." and "...Marketing saw an opportunity to sell $30 covers"<br><br>I suggest you think about the above comments and then edit them out. Your logic is silly, even absurd.<br><br>What other conspiracy theories do you subscribe to? I'd appreciate the entertainment.
        godsfault
    • RE: Dudes, put the Bumper on the iPhone 4 and move on

      @ShowMeGrrl
      I second that!
      Why recommend a phone that has trouble fulfilling its fundamental feature.
      Linux Geek
      • RE: Dudes, put the Bumper on the iPhone 4 and move on

        @Linux Geek And yet there are at least 10x more comments from Apple Haters than there have been actual iPhone 4 owners with this issue. Most people cannot replicate the issue at all. most people say the reception is much better than previous models... sure does sound like they are having trouble fulfilling it's fundamental feature to me...
        athynz
      • Why recommend a phone that has trouble fulfilling its fundamental feature?"

        @Linux Geek: Why make it the highest rated phone if it has that trouble?
        Vulpinemac
      • RE: Dudes, put the Bumper on the iPhone 4 and move on

        @Linux Geek

        Because it actually has no trouble fulfilling it's fundamental feature - it only reports it's signal differently to what users expect.

        If you car reads near empty when it isn't do you declare it a failure to perform it's fundamental feature?

        Most cars are like this - unlike cars this will be rectified by a software update that is free and does not even require taking the phone to a dealer or service centre.

        Get real people - the iPhone has a meter issue and it is software.

        And as a linux user how can you even think that a minor amount of work required by the user makes the device useless? Did your PC just run linux when you pulled it out of the box? or did that expensive collection of hardware and software require some effort to turn into a working device?

        The iPhone 4 does by all accounts work properly.
        richardw66
      • RE: Dudes, put the Bumper on the iPhone 4 and move on

        @Linux Geek Amen, brother!
        Master Skywalker
      • RE: Dudes, put the Bumper on the iPhone 4 and move on

        @Linux Geek Would anyone buy a car that continually stalls?
        Feldwebel Wolfenstool
    • RE: Dudes, put the Bumper on the iPhone 4 and move on

      @ShowMeGrrl Sure ANY article that is not bashing the iPhone and Apple is reeking in fanboyism.../sarcasm
      athynz