After testing the iPhone 4 in their " radio frequency (RF) isolation chamber" Consumer Reports concluded that the new iphone's reception problems are more than a software glitch. They have decided not to reccomend the iPhone 4 until Apple solves the reception problem.
In a post on their website, Consumer Reports' Mike Gikas said:
We reached this conclusion after testing all three of our iPhone 4s (purchased at three separate retailers in the New York area) in the controlled environment of CU's radio frequency (RF) isolation chamber. In this room, which is impervious to outside radio signals, our test engineers connected the phones to our base-station emulator, a device that simulates carrier cell towers. We also tested several other AT&T phones the same way, including the iPhone 3G S and the Palm Pre. None of those phones had the signal-loss problems of the iPhone 4...
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.
How have you found the iPhone 4's reception? What do you think Apple should do about to fix the problem?
For more info read Rob Pegoraro's article on The Washington Post's website