iPhone 4S gets thumbs up from Consumer Reports

Nov 08, 2011
Consumer Reports, the influential magazine for product reviews, gave a thumbs up to Apple's new iPhone on Tuesday after declining to recommend the previous model because of reception problems.

Consumer Reports, the influential magazine for product reviews, gave a thumbs up to Apple's new iPhone on Tuesday after declining to recommend the previous model because of reception problems.

"Apple's newest smartphone (the 4S) performed very well in our tests, and while it closely resembles the in appearance, it doesn't suffer the reception problem we found in its predecessor," said.

"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," it said in a post on its website.

Consumer Reports said the iPhone 4 continues to lose when a spot is touched on the device's lower left side while in an area with a weak signal.

"Because of the flaw, we continue to omit the iPhone 4 from our list of recommended models, despite its otherwise fine performance," Consumer Reports said.

Apple has received some complaints about battery problems with the iPhone 4S but Consumer Reports said the phone "did very well in our standard tests of battery life."

"The iPhone 4S and new samples of the iPhone 4 have displayed no notable battery problems in additional special tests we carried out," it said.

Apple said last week it was working to squash software bugs that have caused some iPhone 4S owners to report lower than expected .

Apple said it would release a software update to address the bugs in a few weeks.

The iPhone 4S has been a hit for Apple. The Cupertino, California-based company sold more than four million of the smartphones in the three days after it hit the market on October 4.

Explore further: A smart wristband for nocturnal cyclists

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Apple fixing iPhone 4S battery drain

Nov 03, 2011

Apple said it is working to squash software bugs that have evidently been eating away at battery life in the iPhone 4s and other gadgets powered by its latest mobile operating system.

Apple to speak on iPhone 4 amid antenna troubles

Jul 15, 2010

(AP) -- Apple Inc. will hold a press conference on Friday to discuss the latest iPhone model amid complaints about its antenna and Consumer Reports magazine's refusal to endorse it until the problems get fixed.

Recommended for you

A smart wristband for nocturnal cyclists

20 minutes ago

Five EPFL PhD students have developed a wristband that flashes when the rider reaches out to indicate a turn. Their invention was recognized at a European competition.

Lenovo's smart glasses prototype has battery at neck

18 hours ago

China's PC giant Lenovo last week offered a peek at its Google Glass-competing smart glass prototype, further details of which are to be announced in October. Lenovo's glasses prototype is not an extreme ...

Sapphire talk enlivens guesswork over iPhone 6

Jul 27, 2014

Sapphire screens for the next iPhone? Sapphire is second only to diamond in hardness scratch-proof properties, used in making LEDs, missiles sensors, and on screens for luxury-tier phones. Last year, the ...

Startup offers elderly an Internet key to family links

Jul 27, 2014

Two grandmothers mystified by computer tablets have inspired a French-Romanian startup to develop an application and service to help the elderly stay in touch with their relatives through the Internet.

User comments : 0