Tuesday, June 29, 2010

iPhone 4: More reviews and the grip of death

Jacqui Cheng of Ars Technica has a comprehensive review of the iPhone 4 up if you're still on the fence (again, who are we kidding here?). It's nine pages long but I devoured everything.

Jason Chen of Gizmodo has a nicely written, more impressionistic, review of the phone here.

Earlier, Macworld had a thorough review of the iPhone 4's performance as a still and video camera, comparing it with a bunch of other smartphones. PCWorld does the same thing. Both conclude that the camera on the iPhone 4 beats other cameraphones. The Ars Technica covers the camera aspect here (I told you the review was thorough).

Meanwhile Nokia is laughing at Apple's antenna woes. On the official Nokia blog, it has a post entitled "How do you hold your Nokia?" The post ends with the following zinger:

"Providing a wide range of methods and grips for people to hold their phones, without interfering with the antennae, has been an essential feature of every device Nokia has built.

"... you’re free to hold your Nokia device any way you like. And you won’t suffer any signal loss. Cool, huh?"

Except of course, as the comments in the blog indicate, Nokia phones are susceptible to the same problem. Notes AppleInsider:

"Users immediately commented on the posting with links to YouTube videos showing a variety of mobile phones experiencing a lost or degraded signal when held in the user's hand, including videos of a Nokia E71 (shown below), Nokia 6230, and Nokia 6720, as well as phones from other makers: the HTC Droid Incredible and the Google branded HTC Nexus One

"Another Nokia customer posted the official user instructions from his Nokia 2320, which depict the phone with a graphical "do not" swipe across the bottom antenna section of the device, and explicit instructions to "avoid touching the antenna area unnecessarily while the antenna is transmitting or receiving."

"Nearly identical wording appears in Nokia's printed manuals for its other phones, including the E71, as reader Mark McCormack sent in (pictured below). That's the same model Nokia appears to be presenting in its blog page, where it asserts there is no way to reduce signal by holding the phone in a different way. Nokia's manuals say otherwise: "Contact with antennas affects the communication quality and may cause the device to operate at a higher power level than otherwise needed and my reduce the battery life.""


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