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
Member since:
2006-04-03

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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Karitku Member since:
2006-01-12

Doesn't that mean iPhone is so shitty hold in hand it needs extra casing, shouldn't it come as standard then? This question pops my mind as someone who has had 20 cellphones without any having external case or signal issues.

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kvarbanov Member since:
2008-06-16

+1. Personally I got tired of reading about Apple products' issues over here and there - their news seem to be flooding all of my favorite sites, it's getting boring. Is there a problem with the phone - yes. Not much more to say except for : fix it - your customers were expecting improved device (or at least they say that). As an owner of Nokia, Motorola, HTC and Sony Ericsson I've never had such drama. I guess I'll have to create some sort of filter for Apple or not read them at all ...

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bousozoku Member since:
2006-01-23

Doesn't that mean iPhone is so shitty hold in hand it needs extra casing, shouldn't it come as standard then? This question pops my mind as someone who has had 20 cellphones without any having external case or signal issues.


You probably never noticed any signal problems because you were in the store buying a new phone. ;-)

My latest phone seems to get better reception when I pick it up. Who knows why any of them have problems?

All I can see is that they didn't test until the last minute and thought that the plastic bands would be okay, like the iPod socks, and would just cover up the problem. Apple really don't know how to estimate well. I don't recall how many battery life updates there were when my PowerBook was new in 2005 but there were a few.

They really need to change their testing procedures. It's not like they're some tiny company who can't afford to hire people to do the job correctly.

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