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Consumer Reports Warms Up to iPhone, But Not as Much as Android

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For nearly a year and a half, Consumer Reports was largely a reviewer alone.

Despite nearly universal acclaim and its placement at the top of critics' must-have lists, the iPhone 4 didn't get much love from Consumer Reports. The lukewarm reception was due to, well, lukewarm reception. The publication couldn't wholeheartedly recommend Apple's smartphone due to the infamous dropped signals that occurred if the device was held in a certain way. Apple played damage control, but Consumer Reports held firm in its reservations.

But that has changed with the release of the iPhone 4S.

With fewer bugs to speak of, as well as numerous other improvements over the previous model, Apple's latest smartphone has won approval and a recommendation from Consumer Reports.

"In special reception tests of the iPhone 4S that duplicated those we did on the iPhone 4, the newer phone did not display the same reception flaw, which involves a loss of signal strength when you touch a spot on the phone’s lower left side while you’re in an area with a weak signal," the magazine's Mike Gikas said in the company's blog.

He added, "Overall, the new iPhone 4S scores higher in the Ratings than the iPhone 4, thanks to such enhancements as an upgraded camera, a faster 'dual-core' processor, and the addition of the intriguing Siri voice-activated feature, which accepts and responds to verbal commands in a conversational manner, using a synthetic-sounding female voice."

However, the praise wasn't strong enough to outshine a few Android models. Consumer Reports still considers the Samsung Galaxy S II, the Motorola Droid Bionic, and a few other larger-screened 4G devices superior to the iPhone 4S.

Sound as if the magazine still won't be swayed by popular opinion.

(See also: Google Engineer Calls Google+ a Complete Failure and Steve Jobs More Tweaker Than Inventor, Says Malcolm Gladwell)

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