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arthurhh

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#63373 25-Jun-2010 11:54
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As reported today in BBC web site there may be a reception problem with the "Really Neat bit of Engineering" of the iPhone 4 antenna

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8759590.stm

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  #345180 25-Jun-2010 12:14
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Yes I read that yesterday too but on Engadget. If you hold it in your left hand, apparently it somehow "short circuits" the antennas.

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  #345183 25-Jun-2010 12:32
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It appears that this issue can be gotten around with Apples "bumper" phone case, @29 USD.

Gee talk about a product that requires you to spend even more money to work properly , I smell a class action law suit on this

 
 
 
 


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  #345188 25-Jun-2010 12:42
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They should be providing a plain black or white bumper out of the box given the iPhone can work poorly without using one.

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  #345227 25-Jun-2010 14:05
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Its not a hardware problem.  Its a user problem. 

If all users could hold the phone correctly then there is nothing to worry about.
Noted on Engadget last year that there was a similar problem with the 3GS.  Again - not a design flaw but a user problem.


Does this mean that the AT&T network is not as bad as claimed?  That its not the network to blame but.... <whispers very quietly>...... the phone.


Flame away.

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  #345229 25-Jun-2010 14:09
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According to the BBC (sorry dont have a link was looking at it on my phone) this has effected a number of devices including the nexus so it looks like just a case of the antenna having to be put somewhere and wherever that is, if you touch it you will have a problem.




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  #345234 25-Jun-2010 14:32
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ockel: Its not a hardware problem.  Its a user problem. 

If all users could hold the phone correctly then there is nothing to worry about.

There's a "correct" way to hold a cellphone?!   Isn't any way that puts my ear to the speaker and my mouth to the mic OK?

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  #345239 25-Jun-2010 14:49
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ockel: Its not a hardware problem.  Its a user problem. 

If all users could hold the phone correctly then there is nothing to worry about.
Noted on Engadget last year that there was a similar problem with the 3GS.  Again - not a design flaw but a user problem.


Does this mean that the AT&T network is not as bad as claimed?  That its not the network to blame but.... ...... the phone.


Flame away.



LMAO @ "holding the phone correctly"!

It's a phone problem bro

 
 
 
 


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  #345245 25-Jun-2010 15:05
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I remember reading the manual of one of my old phones and there was a "correct" way of holding it and an "incorrect" way of holding it.

Couldn't believe it when I read it.

I'd say it's the same with the iPhone 4.

In saying that, I thought at the outset that having the antenna built into the metal band was a bad idea.




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#345264 25-Jun-2010 15:46
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Asmodeus:
ockel: Its not a hardware problem.  Its a user problem. 

If all users could hold the phone correctly then there is nothing to worry about.
Noted on Engadget last year that there was a similar problem with the 3GS.  Again - not a design flaw but a user problem.


Does this mean that the AT&T network is not as bad as claimed?  That its not the network to blame but.... ...... the phone.


Flame away.



LMAO @ "holding the phone correctly"!


It's a phone problem bro


+1. i lol'ed hard at 'user problem'. anyway, steve jobs gave same answer to this issue!


this is nuts. is there any other phones in the world that required their users to hold it in a specific way?

edit: this is how u should hold the mighty iphone 4!!!!

 







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  #345294 25-Jun-2010 16:59
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This is a deal breaker for me... I hate using a case, so I won't be buying a phone that requires one.

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#345304 25-Jun-2010 17:34
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Well this counts an iphone 4 out for me... since I'm left handed and my palm would be covering the antenna.... *sigh*

Maybe I can sue since Apple are being bigoted towards left handed people. lol




 

 

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  #345307 25-Jun-2010 17:49
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nakedmolerat:
Asmodeus:
ockel: Its not a hardware problem.  Its a user problem. 

If all users could hold the phone correctly then there is nothing to worry about.
Noted on Engadget last year that there was a similar problem with the 3GS.  Again - not a design flaw but a user problem.


Does this mean that the AT&T network is not as bad as claimed?  That its not the network to blame but.... ...... the phone.


Flame away.



LMAO @ "holding the phone correctly"!


It's a phone problem bro


+1. i lol'ed hard at 'user problem'. anyway, steve jobs gave same answer to this issue!


this is nuts. is there any other phones in the world that required their users to hold it in a specific way?

edit: this is how u should hold the mighty iphone 4!!!!

 





That's gonna ping out of his hand and smash on the concrete any second :)

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  #345317 25-Jun-2010 18:09
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Oh dear it appears I have kicked off a relatively lively discussion.

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  #345319 25-Jun-2010 18:11
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Tell me, does the Iphone3GS have any similar issues?




 

 

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  #345335 25-Jun-2010 18:52
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My 3gs has better reception upsidedown, ie holding the earpiece end. If I'm in marginal reception I use my 'Mercury' browser in the inverted position so I don't keep losing service.
My opinion is that Apple is holding the phone wrong and have designed accordingly.

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