RIM And Nokia Respond To Apple's Antennagate Press Conference

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RIM and Nokia have responded to Apple's claim that all smartphones have the same attenuation and signal loss issue that the iPhone 4 has. Here's what they said:

RIM's co-CEO's Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie:

"Apple's attempt to draw RIM into Apple's self-made debacle is unacceptable. Apple's claims about RIM products appear to be deliberate attempts to distort the public's understanding of an antenna design issue and to deflect attention from Apple's difficult situation. RIM is a global leader in antenna design and has been successfully designing industry-leading wireless data products with efficient and effective radio performance for over 20 years. During that time, RIM has avoided designs like the one Apple used in the iPhone 4 and instead has used innovative designs which reduce the risk for dropped calls, especially in areas of lower coverage. One thing is for certain, RIM's customers don't need to use a case for their BlackBerry smartphone to maintain proper connectivity. Apple clearly made certain design decisions and it should take responsibility for these decisions rather than trying to draw RIM and others into a situation that relates specifically to Apple."


"Antenna design is a complex subject and has been a core competence at Nokia for decades, across hundreds of phone models. Nokia was the pioneer in internal antennas; the Nokia 8810, launched in 1998, was the first commercial phone with this feature.

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.

In general, antenna performance of a mobile device/phone may be affected with a tight grip, depending on how the device is held. 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. Nokia has invested thousands of man hours in studying how people hold their phones and allows for this in designs, for example by having antennas both at the top and bottom of the phone and by careful selection of materials and their use in the mechanical design."


Nokia didn't mention Apple by name (probably because Apple never mentioned them) but made a point to say that Nokia is a company that "prioritizes antenna performance over physical design". We can assume they think Apple has it the other way around. [Crackberry, Engadget]

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I'm sorry, I have to shake my head every time I hear the bit that this happens with all smartphones.

I happen to have a Motorola Droid. Last I checked, that Droid is a smartphone.

I have a friend who has an iPhone 4. That also is a smartphone.

We stand side by side, I've got full bars, he's got the same; we shift our grips to the same positions, he loses signal to no bars; I don't. I then start trying to cover the phone, moving my hands all over the phone trying to get it to reduce signal. I simply can't duplicate the problem that he gets with his iPhone 4.

Smartphone vs. Smartphone, iPhone 4 has an antenna problem in the same area as another smartphone that doesn't.

I know it's not a GREAT comparison; I should be comparing multiple smartphones. I know that signal strength and attenuation loss may be masked by software not actually displaying the correct signal information. Still, I can't blame the general public for thinking what they're thinking when they do similar tests to what I did and can't duplicate the signal loss issues on their smartphones.