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Need help deciding? Especially after consumer reports today..

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fastmacbookpro Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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Jul 12, 2010 6:33 PM
I was going to get an Iphone 4 before the start of the next semester but there are many issues on the internet and even on the news.
Does anyone have an iphone 4 that would like to tell me how it is?

Even consumer reports dumped the iphone and took away the recommendation like grounding a child


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  • Johnathan Burger Level 6 Level 6 (14,430 points)
    " even though its score in our other tests placed it atop the latest Ratings of smart phones that were released today"
    That's a quote from the consumer reports article. The screen, cameras, etc. Make it the best phone available, just don't buy it.

    I have a case on my phone-no reception issues or any issues actually.
    20" iMac Core 2 Duo 2.66Ghz;4GB RAM;Nvidia 9400, Mac OS X (10.6.4), 4G iPhone-Mac Mini Core2 Duo 2Ghz; 2GB RAM Eyetv w/USB HYbrid
  • YvilKittyInSpace Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    I recommend buying. It is THE best iPhone I have ever owned. Absolutely ZERO problems here.
    15" Mid 2009 MBP, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • simonUK Calculating status...
    DONT BUY...

    I have the Iphone 4 and here is my list of issues... Most of which are shared to fellow 4 users...

    1) Receptions is a real issue and a sofware change will only mask the problem
    2) Photos do not sync properly, and getting movies off the phone is near impossible.
    3) Neither Microsoft exchange or google sync is working properly.
    4) the extended battery life seems to be a myth
    5) I have the TOM TOM cradle which is no longer physicaly compitable.

    Its a great time for the google / htc fans, If i was buying again i would go for the HTC desire.. Ive had enough of apple screwing me over..
    Iphone 4GS, iOS 4
  • JasonHB Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
    I have had HTC phones in the past before moving to the iPhone 3Gs and most recently the iPhone 4.

    It is without doubt the very best phone I have ever owned, I have no reception issues at all - in fact it performs better than my 3Gs.

    It is a dream to use, fast, simple and the screen resolution is stunning.

    I sync with Google with no issues, photos sync just fine and the battery life is way better than my 3Gs as well.

    I am a power user, I synchronise 6 email accounts every 30 minutes, do a lot of web browsing and make between 1hr and 3hrs of calls every day. Come the evening I am still sat with 30% to 40% battery left.

    Apple definitely not screwing me over at all.

    MacBook Pro 15" i5, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPhone 4 - iOS4
  • kazluvsiphone4 Calculating status...
    BUY IT!

    i have nvever owned an iphone before saturday but decided to get one even though i thought like you,should i/shouldn't i? best thing i did! i have had no problems at all. the screen is amazing, so easy to register and sync, i can easily take of photos and movies i have made though the auto play when you first use the usb to charge/sync the phone when plugs into your pc. the movies and photos are perfect quality. no reception issues here and my case has not arrived so its nothing to do with that!

    get one, otherwise you don't know what you are missing!!
    dell insp 15, Windows Vista
  • timm747 Calculating status...
    I bought my wife one on launch day. She hasn't had any of the problems listed at all (knock on wood). I can't imagine someone not wanting to put this thing in a case for $200+ so that was a no-brainer for us. She is using one of the free cases from
    Macbook, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • JayBoersma Calculating status...
    With considerable effort, I have held my burning desire to own this phone in check until the reception and proximity sensor issues are resolved. Seems like, at this point in time, restraint is a wise approach.
    Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Enemene Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Got my iPhone4 on launch day. Back at work a colleague placed his iPhone 3GS next to the iPhone 4 on the desk, so that we could compare screen brightness & sharpness, thickness etc. One surprising thing we noticed was that the iPhone4 had cell connection, while the iPhone3GS was without a carrier. Thus the iPhone4's antenna & receiver circuits seem to have a better reception than the previous generation of the iPhone. I also didn't experience any dropped calls, yet (using the iPhone4 with a Sonix hardshell). This is of course anectodal evidence.
    iPhone4, iOS 4
  • Tamara Level 6 Level 6 (13,720 points)
    Lots and lots of people have no issues whatsoever but the media to get ratings is really going on an iPhone bashing kick.

    This is just my personal experience but I put no stock in CR ratings. I have found them to be woefully inaccurate on quite a few items that I've owned over the years.
    MacBook , Mini, Airport Express, iPhone 3G x 2, Air, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • Johnathan Burger Level 6 Level 6 (14,430 points)
    20" iMac Core 2 Duo 2.66Ghz;4GB RAM;Nvidia 9400, Mac OS X (10.6.4), 4G iPhone-Mac Mini Core2 Duo 2Ghz; 2GB RAM Eyetv w/USB HYbrid
  • realtrance Calculating status...
    I like Consumer Reports and what they stand for, now more than ever during this time of widespread corporate fraud; however, I stopped trusting their reports and ratings on consumer electronics like back in 1994.

    They're great for revealing gross flaws in utility items; their watchdog function on the automobile industry remains invaluable.

    However, their judgment on electronics for some reason always seems to be radically different from my own expert understanding.

    They're mainly good in this category for assessing outright defects. And even then, you often have to use your own judgment as to whether what they've identified as a defect is indeed one.

    In my personal opinion, a sensitive and sophisticated set of antennae whose only foible can be simply remedied by addition of a case, which I'd get anyways..... is not a defect.
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • souch3 Level 2 Level 2 (215 points)
    Simply put, it is an excellent phone. The fact of the matter is this. Yes, there is a signal attenuation issue. However, if you think about it in a pure numbers sense the impact on daily use is minimal for most people. There are many complaints but there are also many people praising it. I myself have no impact from it on my girlfriends phone. As for solutions to the problem, many people are likely to get a case and a software fix is coming out. If you were planning on getting a case you can do so without any fear and even if not, it is unlikely to affect you. However, the most convincing argument I can give however is the return policy. If you are one of the people affected by the problem and the software update offers no fix for the problem, as long as you purchase from Apple there will be no restocking fee and you can return it within 30 days.
    MacBook Pro 2.53 Core i5, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPhone 3GS running iOS 4 with MobileMe
  • pbuc Calculating status...
    I have had mine for two days now and have zero issues with it.

    I love it.
    iPhone OS 3.0
  • souch3 Level 2 Level 2 (215 points)
    MacBook Pro 2.53 Core i5, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPhone 3GS running iOS 4 with MobileMe


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