Last summer, Consumer Reports was unable to recommend AT&T's iPhone 4 due to its "death grip" antenna woes. Fast forward eight months or so, and the same thing has happened to Verizon's version of the iPhone 4. In its review of the VeriPhone, CR says that the device falls victim to the same signal problems as its GSM brother, seemingly confirming claims that we'd heard a few weeks ago. The report explains that, although Verizon's iPhone 4 does have plenty of positive aspects and Verizon's network has gotten top marks from its readers, the VeriPhone won't be included in CR's list of recommended smartphones.
There hasn't been nearly as much noise made about the Verizon iPhone's supposed antenna problems compared to everything that happened with AT&T's model, but it certainly seems like the death grip problem is still present in VZW's version of the iPhone 4. I haven't been able to replicate the signal loss on a Verizon iPhone 4 in my testing, but users with less than ideal reception could very well see some issues when the device's lower left seam is covered. The good news is that all of this mess can be avoided by slipping on a case. While it's certainly not an ideal situation for those of us that prefer to leave our phones naked, the protection and signal saving benefits that a case brings seem worth it. Have any of you experienced the death grip antenna problems on a Verizon iPhone 4?
Via Consumer Reports