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When iPhone 4 was first released, Consumer Reports issued a buy recommendation. Now, a few weeks later, they finally get around to testing it. Oops. It has a design flaw, don’t buy.
I expect this sort of behavior from the tech press. But to see Consumer Reports taken in by the Jobsian Big Fat Lie is pretty depressing…I expect more from them. If anyone is going to avoid the hype and give you an honest assessment, one would expect it to be Consumer Reports. Unfortunately, they were not paying attention.

Some choice quotes from the new blog post:

Our findings call into question the recent claim by Apple that the iPhone 4’s signal-strength issues were largely an optical illusion caused by faulty software that “mistakenly displays 2 more bars than it should for a given signal strength.”

The tests also indicate that AT&T’s network might not be the primary suspect in the iPhone 4’s much-reported signal woes.

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.

Ha Ha!  Put a piece of duct tape on your $600+ device??  I would imagine clear nail polish would also do the trick.  This is a pretty basic thing for a new antenna design, it seems unbelievable that Apple would not think to test it.  And Apple’s response to the issue is the biggest joke of all.  To sum up (and paraphrase) Apple’s response: There is no problem, we’ve been lying to you for years about signal strength, we are preparing a software fix to change that.

I must confess that it is a joy to see that pompous ass, Steve Jobs, getting the much deserved face smack, I am equally disappointed in Consumer Reports for being bowled over by the hype.  I trust CR as an unbiased observer in almost every case, I dismissed the antenna problem when CR did because I trust them.  That trust got a little weaker today.

Edit: That’s gotta hurt, CNNs current front page:

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