Nokia Earns a Spot on Apple’s Smartphone Antenna Web Page

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Apple updated its smartphone antenna performance Web page on Wednesday to include Nokia’s N97 mini. Like the other smartphones listed on the page, Apple shows the N97 mini’s signal bars dropping when holding the phone in a normal fashion.

The new video on the Apple Web page shows the N97 mini’s signal strength bars drop from eight down to two over the course of a minute. The demonstration shows yet another smartphone succumbing to the same issue that has been the focus of iPhone 4 complaints, and also underscores the fact that there isn’t any standardization in how cell signal strength is represented from phone to phone.

Apple posted the new Web page after holding a hastily organized press conference last week to address concerns over iPhone 4 signal strength issues related to the combination iPod and smartphone’s external antenna bands.

Company CEO Steve Jobs said during the event that most every smartphone is susceptible to signal strength loss when held so the antennas are obstructed. Several phone makers responded by implying their phones don’t suffer from the same problems as the iPhone 4.

Nokia reacted to Apple’s revelation by stating “Nokia has invested thousands of man hours in studying human behavior, including how people hold their phones for calls, music playing, web browsing and so on. As you would expect from a company focused on connecting people, we prioritize antenna performance over physical design if they are ever in conflict.”

RIM bosses Jim Balsille and Mike Lazaridis were a little more to the point with their comments. “Apple’s attempt to draw RIM into Apple’s self-made debacle is unacceptable,” they said.

HTC CFO, Hui-Meng Cheng, added “The reception problems are certainly not common among smartphones” even as Apple was showing the company’s Droid Eris losing its signal when held normally.

Apple released iOS 4.0.1 to improve the accuracy of the iPhone’s signal strength bars and is offerring all iPhone 4 owners free Bumpers or cases, too. Apple plans to have its free case Web site up and running before the end of the week.

Video demonstrations of smartphone antenna performance for several company’s phones are available at the Apple Web site.

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Comments

geoduck

HTC CFO, Hui-Meng Cheng, added ?The reception problems are certainly not common among smartphones?

Which I saw as an implied point in last weeks presentation. Even on the iPhone the problem is not common.

JacknJill

iPhone4 got under attack by frenzy media for antena problem.  All Apple is doing is saying, wait, this problem exist everywhere, so why pick on us?

There is a collective effort somewhere in the media and industry to discredit Steve JObs and Apple because Apple tries to make the best product for their users.  I love Apple products; go ahead and label me a fanboy, that shows your level of intelligence.

chicknfood

iPhone 4 has signal problems, other phones have signal problems… Apple’s problem is that their design did not account for these problems with signal by adjusting or duplicating the antenna like other manufacturers have and so the issue is more noticeable on the iPhone. Having an antenna on the bottom of a phone with no duplicate antenna was a horrible call.

Just wait for the next model and i’m sure the problem will go away and it will be considered an engineering marvel. It’s just way to expensive for Apple to go back and change a design and manufacturing process for this generation of iPhones.

Apple is not a saint, they did something wrong here but it’s not the end of the world as they still have the best smartphone around. I’m an Apple Fan Boy but not a Lemming :D

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