Consumer Reports offers scathing critique on Verizon iPhone 4

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  • Reply 21 of 165
    Someone needs to check if Google bought Consumer Reports. Freaking Droid lovers.
  • Reply 22 of 165
    Or, since we're going down the naming convention rat hole anyway, why not resurrect the "Plus" moniker in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Mac Plus? The iPhone 4 Plus. Double-plus good, no?
  • Reply 23 of 165
    eriamjheriamjh Posts: 1,107member
    Sounds like click-bait. Ignore it!
  • Reply 24 of 165
    Here we go again. CR provides a bit of spin, then AI gives CR's comments huge backspin and calls it fair.
  • Reply 25 of 165
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    Originally Posted by Kaipher View Post


    Looks like it's time to cancel your Consumer Report subscription. That, or they should fire those two reviewers.





    Just did.
  • Reply 26 of 165
    After the way Consumer Reports was so crazy over the antenna issue I canceled my subscription immediately. This abuse is even worse. Vote with your dollars. Hit them where it hurts!
  • Reply 27 of 165
    Did anyone but me read the actual article? I'm still looking for the "scathing critique" part. Every issue they raise are exactly the same ones raised by posters right here on this board. CR says it and they are the spawn of Satan.
  • Reply 28 of 165
    What a laugher. If you like a phone and it or the manufacturer has a decent history of reliability, it meets your needs, fits in your budget, then you buy it. The CR folks offer virtually no useful information - just hyper-opinions. Obviously, these devices have life cycle issues that more informed buyers will consider. But a good phone that meets your need does not become obsolete because a newer-better model has come out.
  • Reply 29 of 165
    So . . . I'm confused. Whenever CR disses the iPhone they are deemed a rag, on the take, uncredible, etc. When they diss AT&T they are not a rag, on the take, nor uncredible.



    Am I missing something?
  • Reply 30 of 165
    adonissmuadonissmu Posts: 1,772member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by danyak View Post


    What a laugher. If you like a phone and it or the manufacturer has a decent history of reliability, it meets your needs, fits in your budget, then you buy it. The CR folks offer virtually no useful information - just hyper-opinions. Obviously, these devices have life cycle issues that more informed buyers will consider. But a good phone that meets your need does not become obsolete because a newer-better model has come out.



    That's an interesting point.
  • Reply 31 of 165
    filburtfilburt Posts: 398member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    Verizon iPhone for fanboys only



    In language uncharacteristic of the normally objective-sounding Consumer Reports advice, even when concerning products like cars and cameras where buyers might have strong affiliations with a given brand, the posting described potential Verizon iPhone 4 adopters as "breathless" fanatics who were spendthrift and ignorant "addicts."



    I guess everyone buying current iPhone 4 for AT&T (and other GSM market) are Apple fanboys? Gadgets get replaced all the time. Some, like many on this board, likes to get latest and greatest. But many don't care or prefer to buy more proven stuff.
  • Reply 32 of 165
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AAPLforLife View Post


    After the way Consumer Reports was so crazy over the antenna issue I canceled my subscription immediately. This abuse is even worse. Vote with your dollars. Hit them where it hurts!



    Yep I did after the antenna issue as well, can't say I miss it, plenty of other places online to get similar data anymore...



    Of course these are the same folks that still feel there's nothing better to drive out there then a Toyota even after all their issues over the last year. Yet another recommendation that people aren't listening to...
  • Reply 33 of 165
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by StLBluesFan View Post


    So . . . I'm confused. Whenever CR disses the iPhone they are deemed a rag, on the take, uncredible, etc. When they diss AT&T they are not a rag, on the take, nor uncredible.



    Am I missing something?



    Yes, the double standard. The almost-hilarious-if-it-wasn't-so-sad part is, they're making exactly the same observations we hear every day from posters on this board -- about AT&T, about Verizon's network, about simultaneous voice and data, about the minimal changes to the phone, tiered data plans... you name it.
  • Reply 34 of 165
    neilwneilw Posts: 77member
    Quote:

    If Consumer Reports is worried about iPhone 4 being refreshed, it should also be warning all Verizon users to hold off buying phones because of the new batch of LTE models being offered within six months.

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    Similarly, the posting complains that iPhone 4 on Verizon suffers from "CDMA's shortcomings," including an inability to use voice and data simultaneously and the lack of a global roaming option, without similarly warning that every phone on Verizon and Sprint has the same characteristics.



    This particular point has been driving me up the wall as anti-Verizon iPhone sentiment circulates around the blogosphere. The iPhone's limitations w/regard to 3G vs. 4G, and lack of simultaneous voice and data, are no different from all the Android phones Verizon is selling now, and has been selling for a while.



    So if these points are dealbreakers, then please immediately recommend against buying any 3G phone, and any Verizon smartphone at all.



    It is true that the Verizon iPhone 4 might have a short life as a flagship product, to be bumped down to second tier in 4 months if/when Apple introduces a Verizon iPhone 5. So what?



    So kudos to DED for appropriately pointing this out, even if it is wrapped inside a typically Apple-biased article. </left-handed-compliment>
  • Reply 35 of 165
    macnycmacnyc Posts: 342member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Ireland View Post


    Daniel, your argument would hold more water if your very disposition didn't sound biased to begin with. And I don't mean this story, but every story you write. It's like you have your agenda before you set out to write your "report".



    Whether or not he has a bias doesn't change the facts of the story. And in so far as bias, ummm.. kettle calling the pot black?
  • Reply 36 of 165
    So, is everyone who has an iPhone 4 now going to be outraged that a newer model will be coming out in a few months? Or does it possibly mean that there's going to be a lot of owners of an iPhone 4 that might get a new phone when their current contracts are up?
  • Reply 37 of 165
    neilwneilw Posts: 77member
    By the way, CR still lists the iPhone 3GS as one of its recommended phones on ATT.



    But you shouldn't buy the Verizon iPhone4 because it doesn't have all the cool features of the other current phones.

  • Reply 38 of 165
    Back in the day I used to subscribe to CR - they had a fine, well equipped testing laboratory. Their reports were unbiased and they eschewed funding other then through their magazine subscriptions and its advertising. Slowly they became more commercialized and, in my opinion more biased. I stopped subscribing and no longer even consider their reviews.



    This seems to go over the top - they are making comments about products they have never even held in their hands, let alone independently tested.



    Goodbye and good riddance Consumer Reports.
  • Reply 39 of 165
    nchianchia Posts: 122member
    Do people really care what Consumer Report says about phones anymore?
  • Reply 40 of 165
    CR should confine their opinions to actual tests from their labs. Leave the BS to others. Unless of course you are now a subsidiary of Google, then let us know and have at it.

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