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Consumer Reports officially recommends the iPhone 4S after determining it doesn’t suffer from the same antenna failure as the iPhone 4.This marks the first time in more than two years that Consumer Reports has recommended an iPhone. (The iPhone 3Gs in 2009 was the last one.)
In special reception tests of the iPhone 4S that duplicated those we did on the iPhone 4, the newer phone did not display the same reception flaw, which involves a loss of signal strength when you touch a spot on the phone’s lower left side while you’re in an area with a weak signal. (The iPhone 4, which is still available, continues to exhibit that problem, we confirmed in tests of new samples of the phone. Because of the flaw, we continue to omit the iPhone 4 from our list of recommended models, despite its otherwise fine performance.)
When the iPhone 4 launched on Verizon this February, the publication still decided not to recommend the phone since it still lost signal when held a certain way. (Many expected the slightly different antenna placement on the Verizon iPhone 4 to fix that problem.)
Despite getting a Consumer Reports recommendation, the iPhone 4S falls behind several Android phones in the publication’s rankings. Motorola’s Droid Bionic and Samsung’s Galaxy S II both rank higher than the iPhone 4S.