Saturday, June 26, 2010

Is the iPhone 4 antenna issue a real problem?

As you may have heard, the new iPhone 4 wraps the antenna around the side of this super-thin smartphone. In fact, the iPhone 4 is currently branded as the thinnest smartphone in the world.

According to an official Apple statement: "Gripping any phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance, with certain places being worse than others depending on the placement of the antennas. This is a fact of life for every wireless phone."

"If you ever experience this on your iPhone 4, avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band, or simply use one of many available cases,"

Have you been experiencing the antenna issue? I wonder what would happen if you put the iPhone 4 in a case so that you're no longer touching the metal band. Will that solve the problem? Do you think Apple intentionally designed the iPhone 4 this way so that users will be forced to purchase the $29 rubber "Bumper Case" for the iPhone 4?

Who needs to hold a phone anyways? Just use a hands free Bluetooth headset.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous8:53 PM

    Attenuation by body parts can occur with any cell phone. Check this out for example from the EVO manual: Contact with the antenna area may impair call quality and cause your device to operate at a higher power level than needed