iPhone 4S Recommended by Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports has confirmed that it recommends the new iPhone 4S from Apple. If you think back to last year when the iPhone 4 launched, Consumer Reports couldn’t recommend the iPhone 4 because it had antenna problems which saw the signal drop when touching the lower left side of the phone.

Thanks to the new dual antenna on the iPhone 4S, the new device doesn’t suffer any major signal loss when holding the bottom left of the device as any signal loss sees the antenna switched to the opposite side of the phone and thus, retaining signal strength.

As there has been no real fix for the iPhone 4 antenna, Consumer Reports still doesn’t recommend that model.

The Apple iPhone 4S did very well in our standard tests of battery life; like the iPhone 4, it scores Very Good overall on that attribute. And the iPhone 4S and new samples of the iPhone 4 have displayed no notable battery problems in additional special tests we carried out, after some owners complained on user forums of short run times with some samples of both phones.

Apple has said the culprit is “a few bugs” in its latest mobile operating system, iOS 5, and promised a software update to address the problem later this month. We plan to retest both phones with the software update when it is available, just in case the fix itself affects battery performance in any way.

Although the iPhone 4S scores well with Consumer Reports, it doesn’t quite beat the Galaxy S II as well as a few other Android based smartphones.

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