With Jobs acknowledging that the iPhone 4 has more signal problems than the notorious-for-dropping-calls earlier iPhone models, and asserting it’s still a non-issue being blown out of proportion by the (usually Apple-fawning) press, I suspect few people are going to listen to competitive rebuttals to Jobs’ sweeping assertions that Apple’s analysis indicates all leading smartphones suffer from the same challenges. I predict more lawyers showing up soon at 1 Infinite Loop…
Some Apple rivals took issue with the contention that all smartphones suffer from antenna problems. Karen Lachtanski, a spokeswoman for Nokia, said in an e-mail message that antenna performance can be affected by a tight grip, but added: “That’s why Nokia designs our phones to ensure acceptable performance in all real-life cases, for example when the phone is held in either hand.”
Sanjay K. Jha, Motorola’s co-chief executive, said in a statement that his company had avoided putting antennas on the outside of its phones “because consumers don’t like being told how to hold the phone.”
Mr. Jha said it was “disingenuous to suggest that all phones perform equally,” adding that in the company’s tests, Motorola’s new Droid X had performed better than the iPhone 4 when held in the hand.