Consumer Reports has often taken flack for their coverage of the Macintosh, and that trend may be continuing into the iPhone world. On his blog, electromagnetic engineer Bob Egan claims that the RF testing that Consumer Reports did with regard to the iPhone 4 antenna issue was seriously flawed. follow link
Option-Click AirPort Menu for Network Details
If you hold down the Option key while clicking the AirPort menu in Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, you'll see not just the names of nearby Wi-Fi networks, but additional details about the selected network. Details include the MAC address of the network, the channel used by the base station, the signal strength (a negative number; the closer to zero it is, the stronger the signal), and the transmit rate in megabits per second showing actual network throughput. If you hover the cursor over the name of a network to which you're not connected, a little yellow pop-up shows the signal strength and type of encryption.
- ExtraBITS for 19 July 2010 (19 Jul 10)
Engineer Dismisses Consumer Reports iPhone Tests
So he doesn't dismiss the report, he says that the number isn't precise. There is no doubt at this point that touching the iPhone antenna at the edge of the phone worsens the signal. The question is by how much.
For what it's worth, I can't reproduce any sort of problem with my iPhone 4 either.