iPhone 4 vs. The World, Smartphone Antenna Performance: Apple vs. RIM, HTC, WiMP

Sunday, July 18, 2010
By OP Editor

Apple publishes AntennaGate page showing BlackBerry, HTC, Windows Mobile antenna reception problems, with videos. Confirms iPhone 4 “weak spot.”

iPhone 4 vs. The World, Smartphone Antenna Performance, Apple vs. RIM, HTC, Windows Mobile

Apple Confirms iPhone 4 Death Grip Spot

First, Apple confirms the iPhone 4 “weak spot” on its antenna page:

Apple confirms iPhone 4 death grip weak spot

In case you missed it, here’s the iPhone 4 death grip spot, photo by OP Editor earlier this week:

Apple iPhone 4 death grip weak spot

Smartphone Antenna Performance: Apple vs. RIM, HTC, WiMP

Apple also has something to say about iPhone 4 antenna reception problem, in that it’s an industry wide problem.

“Every smartphone has a cellular antenna. And nearly every smartphone can lose signal strength if you hold it in a certain way. To demonstrate this, we tested iPhone 4 alongside other smartphone.”

Translation: We can make bars go away on other phones too!

Apple demonstrates the reception death grip problem is not unique to iPhone 4:

iPhone 4 Signal Drop

iPhone 4 dropped from 3 bars to 1 bar when held in a way that attenuated the signal.

RIM BlackBerry Bold Signal Drop

BlackBerry Bold 9700 from Research in Motion (RIM) can drop from 5 bars to 1 bar when held.

HTC Droid Eris Signal Drop

HTC Droid Eris can drop from 4 bars to 0 bars when held.

Samsung Omnia II Signal Drop

Samsung Omnia II can drop from 4 bars to 1 bar when held.

iPhone 3GS Signal Drop

iPhone 3GS can drop from 3 bars to 1 bars when held.

So, is it an industry wide problem? (Note we have not had a dropped call on iPhone 4 with bumper case.)

Apple added Nokia death grip video.

via Antenna [apple]


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2 Responses to “iPhone 4 vs. The World, Smartphone Antenna Performance: Apple vs. RIM, HTC, WiMP”

  1. zodiacfever

    This is a really pathetic move from Apples side, which tries to move the focus from the real issue. The problem isn’t that gripping the phone by the bottom will cause signal loss, because almost every phone has that. The problem is that in ADDITION to the loss of signal by covering the antenna, there is also a loss in signal when bridging the gap between the 2 antennas and thereby detuning the antenna. This leads to a much MUCH bigger loss in signal then other phones.

    Apple knew this, which is why they made the bumper. Due to bad press they had to give bumpers away, but imagine if they had gotten away with this, and also earned an extra 30$ per bumper…

    and why not design the phone so you don’t need a case or bumper to protect it? It doesn’t matter that the phone is pretty (and it really is!) when you have to cover it up just so it works/wont break.

    While this may have been blown a little out of proportion, Apple really handled things the wrong way. Instead of admitting the problem, they tried to drag down the competition as well.. thats disgusting.

    By the way, there is no reason to put the “” marks around weak spot. It DOES have a weak spot.. why do you do these kind of things in nearly all of your articles? You simply won’t allow ANYTHING bad to be said about Apple? Why is that?


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