Consumer Reports says iPhone is too flawed to recommend
SEATTLE — Consumer Reports said it will not recommend Apple Inc.’s newest iPhone because of reception problems caused by its antenna design.
After the iPhone 4 went on sale in June, buyers started complaining that holding the gadget a certain way could cause reception to fade and calls to drop.
Apple has said that any phone will lose signal strength when gripped in certain ways. It said the iPhone 4 seems to show a larger drop because it has been using a faulty formula to decide how many signal bars to show.
But Consumer Reports said it tested several phones that use AT&T Inc.’s network, and only the iPhone 4 seemed to have the problem. Apple did not respond to messages seeking comment.