Thoughts on the “Antenna-Gate”

This “antenna-gate” thing got me thinking. More so after Steve Jobs presentation of Apple’s research into the alleged problem.

I’m actually shocked. So shocked I really don’t know where to begin.

A phone with antenna issues. A top of the line phone no less. Shocking.

Both RIM and Nokia comments on it and tells us that with their 20 odd years of antenna-perfectioning their phones do not suffer from the same issues as the iPhone 4.

Makes sense. There is no substitute for hard facts and years of experience.

I mean. Take a look at the car industry. With their combined experience (100 + years at least) they have managed to make cars that never breaks; not even when the drivers willingly drive into a tree.
No. Wait. I guess they also have some issues with physics and human stupidity.

Damn physics!

I tested my iPhone 3G for the same thing. Steve himself said that this is an inherent issue with smart phones.

What do you know… Turns out I can easily replicate the issue on my iPhone 3G in spots of known weak signal. After 24 months of usage I find out that my phone has an antenna design flaw. Now I feel a bit cheated. I guess there ISN’T an app for countering the laws of physics. Shame on you Apple.

But seriously. 0.55% of the 3,000,000+ iPhone4 owners have had issues with the antenna.
I guess the 99.45% other users are either stupid enough not to realise the flaws or they simply did attend school long enough to at least have a basic understanding of the laws of physics.

To contribute to the discussion I would like to bring the attention to other things of physics that some people might find shocking.

* Basically everything will burn if you heat it enough.
* Unbreakable glass will break if you apply enough force to it.
* Microwave ovens are not good for drying your pet.
* Water and oil mix poorly.
* Ice and clouds. Same thing, different circumstances.

Personally I cannot wait to get my hands on an iPhone 4. Consumer Report can send theirs to me. They seem not to want it anyway. A real waste seeing how millions of people are itching to get their own iPhone4.

I find this “Death Grip”-thing very interesting. Now I know how to get out of the calls I rather not have. Genius!

In all fairness. The iPhone isn’t perfect. I don’t expect it to be – BUT- like gravity (one of those pesky physics things that sometimes make life hard for me) it’s much better than the alternatives.

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2 Responses to “Thoughts on the “Antenna-Gate””

  1. Peter Says:

    Nobody cares enough about nokias phones to make a fuss about it.
    It’s interesting that most people that seem to take issue with this antennae issue in the media do not actually own an iPhone.

    If you don’t like the iPhone, don’t buy it. If you’re not satisfied bring it back.

  2. Peter Says:

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/3794/the-iphone-4-review/2

    Says it all

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