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Android sweeps Consumer Reports rankings without iPhone 4

updated 07:55 am EST, Wed November 17, 2010

Android tops Consumer Reports ranks of US carriers

The iPhone 4's disputed antenna has given Android a virtual sweep of the top phone rankings at Consumer Reports, the magazine's latest ratings showed today [sub. required]. A decision to avoid recommending the iPhone 4 has made Android-based Samsung Captivate the highest recommended smartphone on AT&T, leaving the iPhone 3GS in second place. The top phones on each network ran Google's platform, including the Droid X at Verizon, the Samsung Vibrant at T-Mobile and the HTC Evo 4G at Sprint.

Android was in the majority of the top devices on a given network and had a share that paralleled US market share. The BlackBerry's waning influence was evident as it had popularity on all but AT&T, but it was near the back as users preferred the more advanced touchscreen phones. Palm was also in the top phones on every carrier it supported thanks to the Pre and Pre Plus, but usually ranked lower than RIM.

When searched separately, the iPhone 4 held on to a 76 point score that would have given it the same ranking as the Captivate and Vibrant and put it ahead of the Droid X and Evo 4G. The magazine nonetheless reiterated that, without an actual design change, it couldn't put the iPhone 4 in the same company as some users would encounter serious reception issues.

"We agree with Apple that not all iPhone 4 owners will experience reception difficulties," Consumer Reports said. "But putting the onus on owners of a product to obtain a remedy to a design flaw is not acceptable to us."

by MacNN Staff



  1. Cronocide

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I think...

    That given the sales of the iPhone 4, DESPITE what consumer reports has to say, it is okay to assume that the world doesn't give a rip about what CR has to say about Apple's products.

  1. tsmelker

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Good point, Crono...

    What few people have actually had any problems with the iPhone 4's antenna? My wife and I both have iPhone 4's, and we've never had any issues with that. Everyone we know with an iPhone 4 has had no issues either. Consumer Reports is like the Greenpeace of magazines- who the heck cares what they say, and why do they think that anyone puts any weight on their opinions?

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  1. ScottG

    Joined: Dec 1969


    CR Also reports of 88 Flaws too...

    CR has this big headline also in the report..

    "88 high-level security risks found in Android operating system"

  1. ElectroTech

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Consumer Reports has a serious design flaw

    Over 35 years ago, I read Consumer Reports and realized that they had a serious design flaw: they are biased. I only bought and read it once and decided to never buy or read it again.

    Consumer Reports is a 'magazine' that appeals to the lowly educated and mostly trailer park people who can't make up their own mind without some form of consensus with others. This mentality seems reminiscent of the collective belief that the world was flat. I think the editors of Consumer Reports just plain hate successful popular companies and people.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Maybe Apple should have bribed the CR staff

    with free iPhones and cash. So, the iPhone isn't recommended by CR. Too bad. Apple will just have to suffer through another record-breaking iPhone sales quarter without them. Android is going to win practically everything in the short term because of monthly hardware improvements by all vendors and by being on all carriers with multiple models. Apple will just have to make do with a single base model iPhone every year. It'll be easier for Apple to keep in inventory and component costs will be less expensive. The only drawback is that any small mistake in hardware or software will draw fire from iHating media but won't necessarily be fatal for Apple. Apple is going to have to exercise strict quality control on every new model iPhone it designs.

  1. prl99

    Joined: Dec 1969


    wrong "class" of people

    @ElectroTech-- CR is geared and purchased by the more educated people, not the lowly educated. The people who buy CR are very opinionated and have their favorite brands. I know a couple people who have subscriptions (family members) and they are at the opposite end of the group you mention.

    As for the iPhone 4 fiasco, that's typical CR. Get a few biased people with pull and the product is yanked from the listings.


    Joined: Dec 1969



    Who really cares what consumer reports thinks? They recommended toyota - right? What a mess that was.

    There is no Antennagate - the press made that one up. I have had the iphone4 from 1 day before official release (thanks Apple) and have had no problems.

    Wait until there are 250 versions of Android out there and try upgrading. Disaster will be an understatement of the day.

  1. kerryb

    Joined: Dec 1969


    luke warm reception

    As all of you are entitled to your opinions Consumer Reports is to theirs. There was a lot of bad press about the iPhone 4's reception trouble (remember the free covers given out by Apple themselves) and perhaps someone looking for a new cell would like to know about it. Along with good press comes the bad that is double edge sword of being popular.

  1. Geoduck

    Joined: Dec 1969


    and in other news

    Other people won Formula One, as long as you omit Michael Schumacher.
    Daihatsu makes the best cars, as long as you omit the companies that make better ones.
    and I'm the best Marathoner, as long as you omit anyone that does not have severe heart disease.

    This whole issue has put CR's high ratings of other Apple products under a serious shadow. I don't trust their methodology any more.

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