Consumer Reports Does Not Recommend the iPhone 4, Again.

Consumer Reports has had quite the love-hate relationship with Apple’s latest phone; first recommending the device to their readers, then repealing said recommendation due to the “Death Grip”. Now, because Apple is nixing the free Bumper deal on September 30th, they are affirming their stance by continuing to not-recommend the iPhone 4.

Our tests found the Bumper successfully mitigates the iPhone 4′s reception issue, which was a weak point in the phone’s otherwise-stellar performance in our tests. And we agree with Apple that not all iPhone 4 owners will experience reception difficulties with the device.

But putting the onus on any owners of a product to obtain a remedy to a design flaw is not acceptable to us. We therefore continue not to recommend the iPhone 4, and to call on Apple to provide a permanent fix for the phone’s reception issues.

Consumer Reports believes Apple needs to come up with a more permanent solution, and not rely on accessories to to fix a problem. They do acknowledge that only a small percentage of customers are affected by the antenna-issue, but when a device sells millions of units, even just a small portion is still significant.

Personally, I believe Apple should fix the problem so we don’t have to hear any more about it.

[Consumer Reports]

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Case Mate Clear Armor Review

Hey Everyone! This is going to be a review on the Clear Armor by case-mate. Now I have just applied this armor and noticed many things about it, but I will update this post after time

First of all I would like to say that clear armor covers less than they show on their website. It covers the sides and their bezel, but only goes down the to dock connector and sleep/wake button, so basically it exposes just as much as the gelaskins, but is much harder to apply. On their website they show that it covers around the dock and sleep/wake button, but that is false, or I may have a defective product.

Application

The application process on here was terrible. It took me 2 hours, and I failed and had to throw out one of my clear armors and failed pretty miserably on the second. I got the corners down on the third hour, and was pretty much pleased, but I have some air bubbles that will not go away for sure, and the armor is kind of foggy. I will post pictures after 48 hours when Case-Mate says the armor should clear up. Also one more thing, when you are peeling away from the backing you have to sort of punch out the cutouts, which is probably what ruined my first shield. While peeling back the film from the backing, hold the cutouts out with something small like your squeegee. There is one for the camera hole and volume rocker.

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