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iPhone 4 Reviewers: Who Caught The iPhone's Antenna Issues? (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 07/13/10 05:27 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:05 PM ET

Consumer Reports announced yesterday that, due to a "design defect" with the phone, it "can't recommend" Apple's new iPhone 4.

Consumer Reports' extensive testing of the iPhone 4 found that the phone suffers from a flaw that causes the phone to lose signal strength when held in such a way that one's skin covers its external antenna. Apple has countered that the iPhone's reception problems are a software issue.

Yet when it first launched, the iPhone 4 was met by glowing reviews from critics who called the smartphone "the best [...] on the market," and "the best device in its class." (Despite the antenna issues, even Consumer Reports still dubs the iPhone 4 the best smartphone on the market.)

Which critics highlighted the iPhone 4's antenna problems before Consumer Reports' review caused so much buzz--even speculation that Apple will have to recall the device? Here's what some major reviewers had to say about the iPhone 4's (still unconfirmed) reception issues when the phone first launched. Who nailed it? Vote below!

New York Times' David Pogue
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In his initial review, which noted that the iPhone's "stainless-steel edge band is now part of the antenna," Pogue pointed out that phone calls, always the iPHone's "weak spot," seemed to have improved: "The new phone is also better at choosing the best channel for connecting with the cell tower, even if’s not technically the strongest one," he wrote, remarking that there seemed to be fewer dropped calls.

Although he did not mention antenna-related iPhone reception issues in his original review, Pogue later wrote of these signal issues,
I have never seen it on the iPhone unit I have been reviewing. I cannot even reproduce it, no matter how hard I try. I’m sitting here right now. I’m wrapping my hand every which way — I’m even holding it with two fists, completely concealing the silver band around the edges — and my four-bar signal strength doesn’t waver.
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