Even though Apple products -- and users -- may throw around an air of superiority, the iPhone 4 never received the Consumer Reports seal of approval due to a "death grip" problem associated with the antenna. But this problem has since been fixed with the iPhone 4S, allowing the product to make it onto the coveted list.
The Huffington Post reports that the iPhone 4 was initially on the list but was "unrecommended" when the antenna issue that caused a low signal and poor call quality came to light. The iPhone 4 still exhibits this flaw and remains unrecommended.
According to the Consumer Reports press release, the iPhone 4S underwent the same tests as iPhone 4 and "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."
Consumer Reports notes many of iPhones positive attributes, but states that even still, they aren't enough to help it outscore Android phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S II phones and the Motorola Droid Bionic.