Consumer Reports Recommends iPhone 4S

It’s official: The iPhone 4S “doesn’t suffer the reception problem” of its predecessor, says Consumer Reports, and so Apple’s latest smartphone is now among its recommended models.

Antennagate, as the iPhone 4’s reception problem was dubbed, was a serious enough issue to prompt the venerable consumer magazine from recommending Apple’s previous smartphone.

“In special reception tests of the iPhone 4S that duplicated those we did on the iPhone 4, the newer phone did not display the same reception flaw, which involves a loss of signal strength when you touch a spot on the phone’s lower left side while you’re in an area with a weak signal,” CR says. The magazine adds that the still-available iPhone 4 “continues to exhibit that problem, we confirmed in tests of new samples of the phone. Because of the flaw, we continue to omit the iPhone 4 from our list of recommended models, despite its otherwise fine performance.”

Consumer Reports says the iPhone 4S performed “Very Good” in its standard battery life tests. Additional “special” tests of the iPhone 4S and new samples of the iPhone 4 showed no notable battery issues. The magazine says it will retest both phones once Apple’s iOS 5 update is available.

Some iPhone 4S owners have complained about faster-than-expected battery drainage. Apple said the problem was related to a few “bugs” in iOS 5 and has promised a software update to fix the issue. (Read “iPhone 4S Battery Life Woes & What to Do About It” for more information.)

In its latest smartphone ratings, Consumer Reports says the iPhone 4S was still outscored by the Samsung Galaxy S II, Motorola Droid Bionic, and other smartphones that “boast larger displays…and run on faster 4G networks.”


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