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All posts tagged "consumer reports"


Monday, April 2, 2012

Consumer Reports Likes the iPad?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 09:30 AM

http://techcrunch.com/2012/04/02/co...t=Google+Reader

"Consumer Reports, clearly moving on from whoring pageviews over heatgate, just planted the new iPad at the top of its recommended tablet chart."

I guess they are trying to get some goodwill back after jumping on the bandwagon with the supposed heat issue? Who knows, but you can read their review here.


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Consumer Reports to Apple: We Like You....We Really Like You!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 10:30 PM

http://www.loopinsight.com/2011/05/...top-categories/

"If you were wondering how good Apple's MacBook line of portable computers are, the answer is simple - they are the top computer in every category on Consumer Reports."

So perhaps they don't have it in for Apple after all? The rankings would lead one to believe that it is quite the opposite, as Consumer Reports gave the MacBook line tops across all categories, 11-inch through 17-inch.


Friday, April 8, 2011

Consumer Reports: iPad 2 Leads, Xoom Second

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple News" @ 12:30 PM

http://www.hardmac.com/news/2011/04...ehind-the-ipad2

"The very powerful Consumers Union tested the "10 most-promising tablet computers" and published an article in its magazine, Consumer Reports. Subscribers can read the full report on their website, consumerreports.org and a summary is available in this press release."

A somewhat muddled story that was (machine?) translated from French to English states that in head-to-head testing (17 tests) of 10 tablets by Consumer Reports, the iPad leads, followed closely by the Motorola Xoom. Their conclusions: price is directly linked to tablet quality, and that ease of use and the ability to upgrade and trump pure specifications. The big winner was the 32GB iPad 2 with WiFi and 3G.


Monday, February 28, 2011

Buy Verizon iPhone 4, No Wait...

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 10:00 AM

http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/arti...ntenna_problem/

"The Verizon iPhone 4 has the same antenna attenuation problems that the original AT&T model suffered from, according to Consumer Reports. The magazine said on Friday that just as with the GSM version of the iPhone, users can cause a drop in signal strength on the device if they bridge the gap in the outer band with their fingers."

When the Verizon iPhone 4 came out, and iFixIt did their magic, Consumer Reports said the design changes led them to recommend the Verizon iPhone 4. Now comes word that they cannot recommend it due to the same antenna issues, issues that every phone has, depending on how you hold it. Whatever, as the young kids say.


Monday, February 14, 2011

Consumer Reports Loves iPhone 4 Now, The Verizon One Anyway

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 05:00 AM

http://www.cultofmac.com/consumer-r...w+(Cult+of+Mac)

"Thanks to the massive headache of Antennagate, Consumer Reports famously felt that it could not recommend the iPhone 4 to its readers... an approbation that, as we all know, tanked Apple stock, prompted Cupertino to dump unsold iPhones by the millions into an Arizona landfill and ultimately led to Apple's enthusiastic embrace of Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 operating system."

Riiiiiiiight. All in jest of course, although the Consumer Reports article on the AT&T iPhone 4 did give the critics plenty of fodder. But they think with the internal changes found when iFixIt did the teardown that these problems have been corrected. Perhaps not according to this article. Overall I think the issue was overblown and to NOT recommend the iPhone 4 because of it was ridiculous, especially when it was shown that there were several other makes/models of cell phones that suffered the same problem. I'm with the author, it's all about the page views.


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Consumer Reports Rates MacBook Air Tops

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 09:00 AM

http://www.macworld.com/article/155...l?lsrc=rss_main

"Consumer Reports may not like the iPhone 4 much, but it loves loves loves the MacBook Air."

It was pretty much across the board though, as not only did they give top ratings to the 11 and 13-inch MacBook Airs, but they also bestowed top honors on the 13, 15 and 17-inch MacBook Pros. The Consumer Reports blog link is here, but you have to either be a subscriber to go further, or just go with what Macworld is reporting. I doubt Macworld would lie about something like this though.


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Consumer Reports Just Can't Let It Go...

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 03:00 AM

http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/arti..._reports_cries/

"Apple announced on Friday that it would end its free case program for the iPhone 4 on October 1st, and Consumer Reports has issued a statement condemning the move as unacceptable. The magazine iterated its decision to continue to not recommend the iPhone 4 until Apple issues a permanent fix for what it says are reception issues on the device."

This is ridiculous. In light of several articles about other phones that have similar issues (that don't offer free cases at all, or that would even be fixed by a free case), I find it silly that Consumer Reports is still beating this dead horse. Yes, on certain iPhone 4s ( but not mine or anyone I've talked to that own one) you can see some signal degradation, if you hold the iPhone in such an odd manner as to make it unlikely that it would happen to you. To me this speaks more of a saving face gesture than anything else by Consumer Reports. They have grabbed onto this antenna issue with both hands and now they are stuck defending their position. Consumer Reports has lost credibility in the past for other issues in my opinion, and this further decreases their relevance as an objective source for product reviews.


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

AT&T Bottom of the Barrel

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 09:00 AM

http://digitaldaily.allthingsd.com/...service-survey/

"The annual survey of wireless customer satisfaction from Consumer Reports hits the streets this week and it doesn't have much good to say about AT&T. In a canvass of more than 50,000 readers spanning 26 U.S. cities, the organization found the carrier had the lowest customer-satisfaction rating in 19 cities surveyed; Verizon ranked highest."

This was pretty much across the board in all cities, dead last. Interesting note to go along with all of this is that 98% of iPhone users would buy the phone again, compared to only 78% of other phones. I haven't had the lows that the respondents of this survey have with AT&T, what has been your experience?


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Consumer Reports Does Some Laptop Hunting, Too: Likes Apple Most

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Talk" @ 09:00 AM

http://gadgetwise.blogs.nytimes.com...shine-to-apple/

"In laptops, Apple MacBooks rated first in the 13-inch category, the 14-to 16-inch size, and the 17-inch list; Dell, Toshiba and Hewlett-Packard were also-rans. The 15-inch MacBook Pro was rated overall with a score of 75 out of 100, ahead of a 64-rated Toshiba Satellite (the Pro costs $2,000, the Toshiba $700). Among desktops, the Mac mini finished second to an H-P Pavillion Slimline, and the iMac placed second behind a Dell XPS One. CR surveyed its readers about computer tech support. Apple trounced the field in both desktop and laptop categories."

Well, I'd call that a sound trouncing. Not that I'm surprised. Dell's support is bad, and Toshiba's so far beyond bad that it can't even see the light from bad within 3000 years.

Now who's gonna break the news to all those "laptop hunters?"


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