This Phone Is Perfect. Trust Us. Would We Lie to You?

You may not have heard, but the iPhone 4 was released by Apple this year. You remember! It’s that phone that was found by Gizmodo and got some pretty good reviews.

So what the hell is going on here?

Apple will be forced to recall the iPhone 4 following Consumer Reports tests proving the “Death Grip” antenna issue is not software related, but a hardware flaw, PR experts say.

Consumer Reports is a magazine that reviews products and decides just how safe and efficient they are. They looked at the iPhone 4, and they were less than impressed. You might be asking yourself, “What was wrong? What is the problem with the iPhone 4?”

Your fingers.

No, you are not hallucinating, that’s exactly what I meant.

Here’s a selection from the report:

When your finger or hand touches a spot on the phone’s lower left side—an easy thing, especially for lefties—the signal can significantly degrade enough to cause you to lose your connection altogether if you’re in an area with a weak signal. Due to this problem, we can’t recommend the iPhone 4.

Yes, apparently the biggest problem with the iPhone 4 is your fat finger blocking the reception.

I kid, of course. This is part of the bigger issue with the iPhone 4. Namely, that the reception is lacking. Consumer Reports ran tests and found that the iPhone 4 had signal-loss issues much worse than other AT&T phones.

So now the experts are recommending Apple recall the device. Some are even seeing this as hurting the company in the long term.

Prof. Seeger said Apple will likely delay a recall, and may issue a temporary “patch” such as free bumpers. However, a recall is unavoidable to protect the brand, which is more valuable than the cost of a recall, Prof. [Matthew] Seeger said.

“Apple lives and dies by its reputation,” he said. “We pay a premium for its products. We expect them to operate on a premium level. It’s very unfortunate, but they will have no choice but to mount a recall.”

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One thought on “This Phone Is Perfect. Trust Us. Would We Lie to You?

  1. Apple’s not going to issue a recall for their iPhones. I know that the tech industry has short memories, but I remember when Apple first introduced the MacBook four years ago, and all of a sudden we kept hearing about the random shutdown issue. There was even a website for the random shutdowns created to track the issue. I had a friend that went through no fewer than four MacBooks because of having to take them back to Apple for the random shutdown problems that year. Yet Apple never issued a formal recall of the devices.

    Oh and remember the problems with the 27″ iMac screens? That issue was literally resolved about five months ago. With a firmware update (that failed), and then another one (which actually fixed the thing). Nothing was actually recalled.

    Yet the uproar over this iPhone 4 reception problem has had a far bigger outcry than either of those two issues. The reception problem doesn’t make the entire device unusable, plus it can actually be avoided by adding duct tape to the device, or a bumper, or simply by sliding your hand up two or three inches. Nowhere near as serious as the MacBook and iMac issues I just described, yet it’s being blown way out of proportion.

    Then again, Apple didn’t sell nearly 2 million MacBooks or iMacs in a single weekend, either.

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