According to Consumer Reports, the iPhone 4 on Verizon Wireless’ network has a similar problem to the AT&T version. If the phone is held in a certain way, it could cause dropped calls or problems dialing out. This is due to blocking of the antenna which is in the band around the phone.
Consumer Reports tested the Verizon iPhone 4 and found that covering tiny gaps in the metal band surrounding the phone’s edge causes “meaningful decline in performance.”
In conditions where cell signal is weak, the iPhone 4 would drop calls when the user covered the gaps by holding the phone in a specific — but natural — way. This issue can also be avoided by using a cover on the phone which prevents contact with the antenna.
Consumer Reports conducted similar tests last summer on the iPhone 4 that runs on AT&T Inc.’s networks. In both cases, the publication has decided not to include the phone on its list of recommended smart phones.
Or else we must conclude, “ATMs would only be used by prostitutes and gamblers.”
Check out this article from Mental Floss.
As the year ends, there will be a plethora of ‘best of’ lists. best song, best movie, best album, best cheese, best web app…
I thought that with the struggling economy, that it would be helpful to have a list of the best ways to spend (or save) your money. I gleaned this information from many sources, including Forbes, Kiplinger’s, Consumer Reports and, of course, my own experiences and those of my colleagues.
- Best Carry-On Travel Bag – With its rounded sedges and flexible nylon sides, the Red Ox Air Boss hasn’t met an overhead compartment it couldn’t squeeze into.
- Best Online Savings Account – ING Direct is simple, has a clean web interface with great rates.
- Best Low Cost Travel Destination – Panama! It’s like the South Pacific without the outrageaous airfare. In fact, recently found a 6-night stay for 2 in a 4-star hotel for less tha $2000, including the $351 roundtrip ticket.
- Best All-Around Retirement Account – Roth IRA is still the best vehicle for long-term retirement savings. You can even tap earnings early to pay for college or buy a first home.
- Best IRA for Kids – Charles Schwab is one of the few financial institutions that lets you set up a custodial IRA for your child. Minimum investment: Only $100.
- Best Online Broker – Better known for their mutual funds, Fidelity does well when it comes to online brokerage. Great research and a user-friendly website (important to me) as well as reported great customer service, they came out ahead for an online stock picker.
- Best Mutual Fund for a Bear Market – The aptly named Grizzly Short Fund (GRZZX) is the ultimate hedge for a falling market. When the market fell, it was up over 83% for the year compared to the S&P’s 38% loss!
- Best Last Minute Travel Deals – Some of the best airline and hotel deals pop up at the last minute, and www.USLastMinute.com shows you how to take advantage.
- Best Car Insurance Web Site – InsWeb.com lets you compare price quotes form several major insureers and offers tons of tips on how to save money on premiums.
- Best Stock for Dividends – Like P&G, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) is an “all-weather” stock that can be expected to survive all kinds of economic turmoil. With recent yields of 3.3% it also provides much needed income.
- Best Non-Dividend Stock – What a great time to be Warren Buffet! (was there ever a bad time?) Stock prices are low and if you have extra cash laying around (and don’t want to donate it to me), the “Sage of Omaha” will be like a kid in a candy store. You can join in the fun by buying some of his Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) shares.
- Best Stock to Buy and Forget – Even during lean times (recession), people still buy razor blades and potato chips. Procter & Gamble (PG) is a steady ship in stormy markets.
- Best “Starter” Fund – If you are new to investing, the Amana Growth Fund (AMAGX) is a great way to get your toes wet for just $250. By folowing conservative investment principles, it managed to sidestep the recent debacle in financial stocks.
- Best Web Site for Cheap Gas – Rater than rely on “spotters” Gasprices.Mapquest.com updates fuel prices daily via a data feed from the Oil Pricing Information Service. Just type in your zip code.
- Best Airline – There are no “gotchas” on Southwest. You can check two bags for free, and you’ll pay no extra fees for changing tickets or selecting seats. I was reminded of this several times this year when I had to fly on other airlines and had to pay several SURPRISE! fees at the ticket counter.
- Best Hybrid Vehicle – Although it gets slightly lower mileage than the Toyota Prius, the Honda Civic Hybrid is a better overall value and just plain cooler.
- Best Non-Hybrid Car for Fuel Economy – Though it is new on the scene, the new 2009 Honda Fit has the best combination of fuel economy (28 mpg city/35 mpg highway with manual transmission), utility and overall quality.
- Best Place to Fill Your Prescriptions – Unfortunately, Wal-Mart comes out ahead as far as price is concerned; $4 for 95% of the prescriptions written in most drug categories if you can stand being there long enough to get it filled.
- Best Smart Phone – The iPhone. Need I say more?
- Best Small Digital Camera – Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T700 has a fantastic view finder as well as easy to use controls and slides into most pockets easily.
- Best Credit Card for Low Rate – If you carry a balance, consider transferring to the Wells fargo Prime Rate card for its 5% interest reate and $19 annual fee.
I did not go to the CES (like some of my friends) so I did not get to see these things up close. That doesn’t mean I can’t get excited about them