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Verizon iPhone gets early thumbs up from Consumer Reports

updated 01:20 pm EST, Tue February 8, 2011

Says reception issue unlikely to show in testing

Consumer Reports is so far positive on the CDMA-based Verizon iPhone, a video interview reveals. The influential publication has been critical of the GSM iPhone offered elsewhere, saying that despite a high rating, reception issues prevent it from making a recommendation. Because the Verizon iPhone has been forced to use a different antenna design, CR senior editor Mike Gikas suggests that it shouldn't suffer from the same problems as its sibling.

Gikas also claims that the phone should have better voice quality, owing to the use of CDMA. A major worry though is whether or not Verizon's network will be able to hold up under the data traffic of several million iPhone users, particularly a core contingent of heavy users. Verizon is expected to throttle heavy use in order to ensure network quality; the approach differs from AT&T, which discourages iPhone owners from using data by imposing fixed caps with significant overage fees.




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  1. prl99

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    Joined: Mar 2009

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    Why do we care what CR thinks?

    CR gives the Verizon iPhone a good rating because they hate AT&T. How can you give a phone any rating before it's actually in use by more than the very first users? Yea, the voice quality "should" be better but what if it isn't? The Verizon iPhone still can't get on a call and use anything else so why doesn't that lack of an important feature drop it's perceived value down?

    I gave up reading CR years ago when they started to rank specific manufacturers above others without any real justification. Both iPhones will sell by the train load so who cares what CR has to say.

  1. macnixer

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    @prl99

    How can you give a phone any rating before it's actually in use

    That is what you call analysts.

  1. prl99

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    @macnixer

    That is what you call analysts.

    I agree on that one but CR's senior editor is the one making this call so the editor has morphed into an analyst.

  1. Paul Huang

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    Joined: Sep 1999

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    CR is not a credible publication

    Back in the 80s, I found several mistakes in their report. I own the car they reported on three years (85/86/87) in a row. Maybe their brief encounter with those cars really provided them a glimpse on the products that they were evaluating, but they are supposed to be the experts...or are they just pretending?

  1. another_steve

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    CR lost credibility over this issue

    This appears to be nothing more than a bit of back pedaling on CR's part. Fundamentally, this is the same "antenna on the outside" design. Clearly, there was no issue with the GSM based phones, at least nothing more than all other phones experience. To date, CR's track record for consumer electronics (including PCs) has been extremely poor. I'm at the point where I probably can't take their reviews of toasters seriously anymore.

  1. chas_m

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    Agreed -- CR lost credibility

    The fundamental "antenna on the outside" design of the iPhone 4 is virtually unchanged, yet suddenly -- magically -- now the phone's all better now?

    Puh-lease.

    The real-world experience of tens of millions of AT&T customers has proven that the issue CR made a big deal about is simply a non-issue -- or at least no more so than with any other smartphone. Oh, but NOW it's all better!!

    This is just CR attempting to save face, and it's a pretty pathetic attempt at that. CR's refusal to recommend didn't stop the AT&T iPhone 4 from being the biggest hit Apple's ever had, and they will be doing it again with Verizon. Proof, should any be needed, that CR's time as a reputable publication (at least for electronics) is over and done and has been for some time now.

  1. JuanGuapo

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    Joined: Jan 2008

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    Consumer Reports

    = Opinion Farming.

    They looked like idiots after July, it's nice to see nothing has changed.

  1. facebook_Justin

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    Better voice quality? Umm no. Only GSM networks make calls over 3G (which uses more battery but allows for better quality). CDMA networks make calls over the old 1X network (2G).

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