Nokia, RIM assail Apple over antenna claims

Robert Clark
19 Jul 2010
RIM had made sure it “avoided designs like the one Apple used in the iPhone 4 and instead has used innovative designs which reduce the risk for dropped calls,” they added.
“Apple clearly made certain design decisions and it should take responsibility for these decisions.”
Nokia told mobile phone blog Boy Genius Report that it was “the pioneer in internal antennas” and had “invested thousands of man hours” in studying human behavior, including how people hold their phones for calls.
“[W]e prioritize antenna performance over physical design if they are ever in conflict,” it said.
To ensure connectivity during calls, it puts antennas at the top and bottom of phones.
Jobs’ press conference Friday followed mounting complaints over the signal quality of the iPhone 4.
He said the return rate of AT&T customers for the iPhone 4 was 1.7%, compared with 6% for the 3GS model.
To iPhone 4 owners with problems, he said: “I apologize to them. We will do whatever it takes to make them happy.”



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