Consumer Reports has concluded that it can’t recommend Apple’s iPhone 4 after completing testing of the device because of a problem with the device’s reception
"When your finger or hand touches a spot on the phone’s lower left side—an easy thing, especially for lefties—the signal can significantly degrade enough to cause you to lose your connection altogether if you’re in an area with a weak signal,"the publication reports on its Electronics Blog.
Consumer Reports said it reached the decision after testing three iPhone 4 devices purchased from different retailers. The findings also "call into question the recent claim by Apple that the iPhone 4’s signal-strength issues were largely an optical illusion caused by faulty software," the article says.
Consumer Reports does have a solution for consumers who have already purchased an iPhone 4, though: "Cover the antenna gap with a piece of duct tape or another thick, non-conductive material. It may not be pretty, but it works." For everyone else, Consumer Reports has a simpler solution: "We continue to recommend an older model, the 3G S."