Apple Drops Competitor Videos from Antenna Web Page

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Apple revamped its smartphone antenna Web page on Sunday, doing away with videos showing several popular smartphones losing signal strength bars when held so their antennas were blocked. The updated page focuses on Apple’s design and test labs.

The videos aren’t, however, lost to the world. A quick check of Apple’s YouTube channel showed the antenna demos are still available along with Apple’s iPhone commercials, product announcement videos, and the July 16 press conference where CEO Steve Jobs discussed the iPhone 4’s antenna and signal strength performance.

Apple originally posted the videos on its antenna-related Web page following the special press conference to show that all smartphones suffer from signal strength loss when held so the antennas are obscured. The page included videos of the iPhone 3GS and 4, along with videos of smartphones from Motorola, Nokia and Samsung.



Made their point. The truth is out
The videos are all on YouTube now anyway.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

Except that they didn’t actually make a legitimate point. They demonstrated attenuation in “bars”, not in the delta of -dBm. And since they admitted that their original formula for bars was both wrong and quite top-heavy on the tallest bar, it proves nothing.

I will accept that they did enough to keep the fanboys in line, which is all that matters at the end of the day when the iPhone is just a niche device. Meanwhile, a few very popular Android phones are getting Flash Player this week with their Froyo updates.

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