By Harry McCracken | Friday, February 25, 2011 at 12:12 pm
Consumer Reports’ Paul Reynolds has blogged about the publication’s extensive tests of the new Verizon iPhone 4–and he says that they show that touching the gap on the lower left-hand corner of the case can cause reception problems, much as they may with an AT&T iPhone 4. (Last summer, when the topic was in the news, we all called it Antennagate.) Consequently, CR isn’t recommending the Verizon iPhone, despite being impressed with it in numerous respects. As with the AT&T iPhone, putting the Verizon one in an Apple “Bumper” or other case solves the problem.
For what it’s worth, I’ve been bumming around San Francisco and the Bay Area for the past couple of weeks with both an AT&T iPhone 4 (my own) and a Verizon one (loaned to me by Apple). Neither has been in a case. I haven’t done any methodical tests of any sort–and haven’t paid attention to how I’ve held the phones–but I haven’t lost any calls on the Verizon iPhone, including ones I’ve made in spots where the AT&T one is unusable. And while the AT&T iPhone 4 has been faster when reception has been good, the Verizon one has been far less likely to completely choke. I’ll share more thoughts on all this soon.