Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 1st Jul 2010 19:04 UTC
Apple So, the iPhone 4 has been out for a while, and is getting mostly pretty good reviews - there's one major sore spot, though. Apple made this hoopla about their fancy antenna thingie, but as it turns out, this thingie is kind of a design flaw, causing signal loss (and dropped calls) for some people. Despite downplaying by Steve Jobs himself, AnandTech has done a thorough investigation, and they've found out that the problem - which affects every mobile phone - is a whole lot worse on the iPhone 4 due to the new antenna. At the same time, however, the iPhone has much better reception in low signal situations. What?
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...which affects every mobile phone...
by mrhasbean on Thu 1st Jul 2010 23:28 UTC
mrhasbean
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This is really the most relevant thing in this whole storm in a teacup. If they'd done the on-screen meter differently I dare say nothing would ever have come of this - users would have just put it down to the same issues they have with every other phone, you know the one, move 5cm to the right of where you're standing and signal strength goes from 5 bars to 1. Similar enough in the eyes of users to be lumped into the same basket.

There is an issue with the design, and yes it is a double-edge sword, because the same design flaw also improves reception. For most users however it will have little if any impact because the majority of users put their iPhones into some form of case.

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