Consumer Reports, a popular product review and comparison organization has just reported that Verizon iPhone 4 has a similar reception problem to the GSM iPhone 4, which could cause drop calls in areas with weak signal.
Back in July 2010, Consumer Reports had declined to recommend iPhone 4 due to its widely publicized reception problems.
Consumer Reports is reporting:
The Verizon iPhone 4 has a problem that could cause the phone to drop calls, or be unable to place calls, in weak signal conditions, Consumer Reports engineers have found in lab tests.
The problem is similar to the one we confirmed in July with the AT&T version of Apple’s newest smart phone. It can occur when you hold either version of the phone in a specific but quite natural way in which a gap in the phone’s external casing is covered. The phone performs superbly in most other respects, and using the iPhone 4 with a case can alleviate the problem.
Consumer Reports put the Verizon iPhone 4 and 5 other Verizon smartphones; such as the Samsung Fascinate; Motorola Droid 2 Global; HTC Droid Incredible; LG Ally; and Motorola Droid X through the special tests it carried out last year on the GSM iPhone 4 and observed that the only phone in which the finger contact caused any meaningful decline in performance was the iPhone 4.
Due to this reason, they’re not including the Verizon iPhone in their list of recommended smartphones even though its highly rated.
As noted earlier, there have not been widespread reports of reception difficulties with the Verizon iPhone 4, and Verizon’s network, unlike AT&T’s, has received above-average scores from our readers for the reliability of its voice service in the past. (Those scores reflect data gathered before the launch of the Verizon iPhone 4.) But given our findings, we believe the possibility exists for individual users to experience the problem since low signal conditions are unavoidable when using any cell-phone network.
iLounge had also reported that the Verizon iPhone loses substantial cellular signal strength when held in a ‘death grip’ position like the GSM iPhone 4. They also noticed that Wi-Fi reception is affected when the Verizon iPhone is held in a different position referred to as the “death hug” something that hasn’t been observed on the GSM iPhone 4.
Do you refer to Consumer Reports review before buying or upgrading your smartphone? Have you observed the issue on your Verizon iPhone? Let us know in the comments section below.[via Consumer Reports]