Palliative Drug

Get these thoughts out of my head!


on 13 July 2010

Those of us who have not yet ordered or bought the iPhone 4, will have to thank our lucky stars that the alliance between our dad’s tadpoles & mother’s warm nest didn’t nurture us into a kiasu being.  Unless however, you did plan to order or buy it, but didn’t manage to obtain the iPhone 4, then…… i dunno……… congrats?

Actually I’m feeling kinda gleeful on the defect, becuz there was so much hype abt the iPhones (all generations) that it’s so overrated.  And now that this has punished those kiasu iPhone lovers, I hope you all hv learnt your lesson.  Not everything you rush for & succeed at 1st sight is a good thing.

News article taken from Yahoo! today.

Consumer Reports will not recommend Apple iPhone 4 (link)

SAN FRANCISCO – Consumer Reports said it cannot recommend Apple’s iPhone 4 to buyers after tests confirmed the device’s well-publicized reception glitches.

It added that that AT&T Inc, the exclusive mobile phone carrier for the iPhone 4, was not necessarily the main culprit.

The influential nonprofit organization, which publishes guides on everything from cars to TVs, said in a report released on Monday that it also tested other phones — including the iPhone 3GS and Palm Pre — and found none had the signal-loss problems of Apple’s latest iPhone.

The report was the latest blow to the iPhone 4, which sold 1.7 million units in its first three days on the market but has been plagued by complaints of poor reception (which means there are 1.7 million suckers out there with a defective iPhone 4). Many of the complaints involve a wraparound antenna whose signal strength is said to be affected if touched in a certain way (sounds so erotic).

Kaufman Bros analyst Shaw Wu said he was surprised by the stance that Consumer Reports took on the new iPhone. Wu noted that the group’s recommendations are used as a guide by many consumers.

“Consumer reports is a respected publication. This could have an impact on iPhone sales,” Wu said.

Apple shares were down 1 percent at $257.06 on Monday afternoon on the Nasdaq.

The company has been sued by iPhone customers in at least three complaints related to antenna problems.

“When your finger or hand touches a spot on the phone’s lower left side — an easy thing, especially for lefties (why lower left side?  maybe all Apple employees are right-handed so nobody thot of the lefties) — the signal can significantly degrade enough to cause you to lose your connection altogether if you’re in an area with a weak signal (esp so if you stay in The Pinnacle… reception is already horrible with normal hps),” contributor Mike Gikas said in a report on the Consumer Reports website.

“Our findings call into question the recent claim by Apple that the iPhone 4’s signal-strength issues were largely an optical illusion caused by faulty software that ‘mistakenly displays 2 more bars than it should for a given signal strength,'” Gikas said.

Apple did not respond to a request for comment. (of course lah.. paisey liao)

Gikas recommended covering the gap in the wraparound antenna with duct tape or some other non-conductive material. (duct tape so ugly… i recommend Hello Kitty stickers)

Apple has said almost any cellphone will suffer a loss of signal if held in certain ways. It said later it had discovered a software glitch that overstates signal strength, though it did not directly address concerns about the antenna with that admission.

On the flip side, Consumer Reports said the iPhone scored high on other testing grounds such as battery life, sharp display and high-quality video camera.

However, Gikas said the signal problem was the reason the iPhone 4 would not be classified as a “recommended” device in its smartphone ratings. (smart comment… becuz a hp wouldn’t be a hp if there is not reception, right?  might as well buy a separate camera, laptop & PS)

“Apple needs to come out with a permanent — and free — fix to the antenna problem before we can recommend the iPhone4,” said Gikas in his blog post on (i’m actually curious abt what free methods they can use to fix the antenna problem.  mostly likely got to exchange 1 for 1 with an improved model)


This is a good illustration of – “Patience is a virtue”.

Ok fine, I’ll admit that I wanted to get the iPhone 4 as well, but luckily I always believe that the 1st batch out from production is never good.  Even humans are not born perfect.  It’s only after birth, then we learn thru life experiences & hardships, right?  Same for products.  1st batch out of the oven, you must let other ppl complain abt the initial problems, then let the manufacturer improve it, THEN we buy it (with the exception for Sony Erisson Satio, becuz the more I upgrade the software, the more problems will surface.  Farkers).


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: