Inside Consumer Reports' CE Issue
Independent CE stores took the highest score in Consumer Reports’ annual rankings of top walk-in electronics stores, the magazine reported in its electronics issue, which came out this month.
“Independents” took the top spot with a score of 93 out of 100, following by Costco (91), Apple (89), Ultimate Electronics (88) and the Army/Air Force Exchange (also 88.) hhgregg came in 8th, P.C. Richard & Son 12th, RadioShack 14th and Best Buy 15th.
On the online side, BHPhotoVideo.com took the #1 spot, followed by Crutchfield.com, Amazon.com, Newegg.com and Costco.com. BestBuy.com scored 12th.
In terms of products, Sony Bravia models were named #1 for both the 52-inch and over and 46- and 47-inch categories of LCD TVs, with Samsung winning both the 40-42 inch and 37-inch and under categories. On the plasma side, LG, Samsung and Panasonic split the top rankings for different sizes.
For smartphones, Consumer Reports provided rankings by carrier, with Android phones sweeping all four: the Droid X, Samsung Vibrant, HTC EVO 4G and Samsung Captive named the top devices for Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint-Nextel and AT&T, respectively, with the carriers ranked in that order. The iPhone 4, which Consumer Reports continues to recommend against due to its antenna difficulties, was named the #2 AT&T smartphone.