Was Consumer Reports iPhone 4 antenna problem study, the one picked up by mainstream media and used to hammer Apple and iPhone 4, flawed from the get go? If you're just joining us, after first telling users not to worry about iPhone 4 antenna problems, Consumer Reports came back and said they couldn't recommend it based on the antenna issues -- even though they still listed it as the best smartphone on the planet.
Back to the question. Electromagnetic engineer Bob Egan thinks Consumer Reports tests were, in fact, flawed:
Consumer reports “RF” engineers should know better than to think they can run an engineering grade test for an issue like this in a shielded room. And certainly not one with people in it.
He goes on to describe why -- hit the read link below for the details -- but he also bottom-lines it:
I’m not saying that Apple has no [hardware] problem and they surely have a [software] issue. But I’m still wondering that if the software signal algorithm was not AFU’d in the first place how many, if anyone would talking about this “problem”
We also don’t know if placing a finger on the antenna bridge is detuning the antenna or detuning the receiver itself. And neither does Consumer Reports.
So Apple remains silent, experts argue, consumers have or don't have problems, and the mainstream media snowballs the story. In other words, the saga continues.