updated 07:55 am EST, Wed November 17, 2010
Android tops Consumer Reports ranks of US carriers
The iPhone 4's disputed antenna has given Android a virtual sweep of the top phone rankings at Consumer Reports, the magazine's latest ratings showed today [sub. required]. A decision to avoid recommending the iPhone 4 has made Android-based Samsung Captivate the highest recommended smartphone on AT&T, leaving the iPhone 3GS in second place. The top phones on each network ran Google's platform, including the Droid X at Verizon, the Samsung Vibrant at T-Mobile and the HTC Evo 4G at Sprint.
Android was in the majority of the top devices on a given network and had a share that paralleled US market share. The BlackBerry's waning influence was evident as it had popularity on all but AT&T, but it was near the back as users preferred the more advanced touchscreen phones. Palm was also in the top phones on every carrier it supported thanks to the Pre and Pre Plus, but usually ranked lower than RIM.
When searched separately, the iPhone 4 held on to a 76 point score that would have given it the same ranking as the Captivate and Vibrant and put it ahead of the Droid X and Evo 4G. The magazine nonetheless reiterated that, without an actual design change, it couldn't put the iPhone 4 in the same company as some users would encounter serious reception issues.
"We agree with Apple that not all iPhone 4 owners will experience reception difficulties," Consumer Reports said. "But putting the onus on owners of a product to obtain a remedy to a design flaw is not acceptable to us."