I’m getting a little dizzy reading the opinionating and newsitorials on Apple’s antenna problem in its newest iPhone. The latest data point that’s being argued about is Consumer Reports’ lab test. The venerable pro-consumer testing magazine couldn’t recommend the iPhone 4 after detecting signal degradation in their radio frequency isolation chamber. And CR placed the blame on the iPhone rather than the AT&T network.
However, they did suggest a quick fix: afix duct tape or another non-conducting material to the lower left hand corner of the iPhone.
In any case, the Consumer Reports story has generated some amusing headlines. Take a look at two Dan Frommer’s pieces today in Silicon Alley Insider: Suddenly, Everyone is Talking about an iPhone 4 Recall (this morning, 9:51 am) and Sorry, But This Whole iPhone 4 Thing is a Non-issue and Will Blow Over (11:17 am).
Within the space of a few hours, Frommer swerved from taking the CR story seriously to dismissing CR as a has-been publication.
For the record, I respect Consumer Reports testing methodologies but have often disagreed with their conclusions. And like Dan I haven’t looked at this publication in years, though it was treated as holy scriptures when I was growing up.
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