Motorola Droid ad ridicules Apple’s iPhone 4 antenna: ‘Hold the phone any way you like’

Today, Motorola ran a full page ad in The New York Times for its upcoming ‘Droid X’ smartphone, which includes the copy:

And most importantly, it comes with a double antenna design. The kind that allows you to hold the phone any way you like and use it just about anywhere to make crystal clear calls.

MacDailyNews Take: Mr. Jobs, the ball is now in your court.


  1. Leave it to one of these also-rans to perpetuate the notion that this is even an issue. It’s only how the software is displaying the reception!! When I hold mine in the “wrong” way whilst on a call, I can get the bars to drop all the way down. The call, however, still sounds crystal-clear. Sheesh.

  2. Why Apple didn’t use double antenna design I don’t understand. Apple could have easily used two antennas as the back of the iPhone is made of glass. Didn’t anyone test these phones before shipping at Apple.



    Can’t wait to see how the upgrade to Flash over the air works out.

    And man, they are really, REALLY pushing these to spek-checking geeks, aren’t they?

    I guess they haven’t gotten the memo yet… The vast majority of consumers just want something that is easy to use and don’t care about HDMI ports on their PHONES…

  4. Sick burn, freetards. It would suck if videos of Motorola products being compromised the exact same way existed on the internet.

    This will maybe persuade a couple people to bite. Just a couple more people who will instantly regret the decision and/or be in line to buy the iPhone 5.

  5. motorola along with engadget, gizmodo and probably google are behind this whole antenna non-Issue. I have 2 iphone 4’s and yes the bars will decrease if I’m in a low signal area but the call is not affected. When I’m in a strong signal area it doesn’t matter how I hold it bars stay the same. It’s all about the initial signal strength from the tower. It’s no big deal plus I get better cell coverage with the IPhone 4 than I’ve ever had on my 3GS. The IPhone 4 cell coverage is better than any other smartphone.

  6. it’s not just signal reception problem. the worst case on exterior antenna design could harm your health. exterior installation design is not new at all. there were many companies tried before. I don’t know how Apple will bring up the health (more certainly tumor or cancel) near the future. actually, believe or not, Apple iPhone is the most harmful device in the market.

  7. …and this is exactly why the FUD is started in the first place…so that all the incompetent loser “competitors” (NOT) can have what to put down in Apple products that are burying them so deep in shit that they have to re- invent their reason for existing…

    Motorla, isn’t that the walkie talkie company that ventured into the consumer electronics world with a “spectacular” piece of short lived crap called razor? The sam piece of crap that knocked them clean out of the phone business?


    Apple’s iPhone 4: Thoroughly Reviewed
    The Real Story on iPhone 4’s Antenna

    “…how you hold the phone makes a huge difference across every smartphone – and we’ve tested thoroughly in 5 different positions….”

    “… It’s difficult to be exact about the data, since signal is very sensitive to direction, ambient conditions, and cell breathing. To generate these numbers, I measured at least 6 times and took the average. The results are pretty self explanatory. Inside a case, the iPhone 4 performs slightly better than the Nexus One. However, attenuation gets measurably worse depending how you hold the phone. Squeezing it really tightly, you can drop as much as 24 dBm. Holding it naturally, I measured an average of 20 dBm.

    The drop in signal from cupping the device with a case on is purely a function of us being “ugly bags of mostly water.” A material which happens to be pretty good at attenuating RF – thus increasing path loss between the handset and cellular base station. There’s nothing Apple nor anyone else can do to get around physics, plain and simple. It’s something which demonstrably affects every phone’s cellular reception.

    Add in an external antenna you’re essentially forced to touch and bridge to another adjacent antenna while holding, and the signal attenuation is even worse. The fact of the matter is that either the most sensitive region of the antenna should have an insulative coating, or everyone should use a case. For a company that uses style heavily as a selling point, the latter isn’t an option. And the former would require an unprecedented admission of fault on Apple’s part …”

    and, in agreement with my humble findings:

    “The Antenna is Improved

    From my day of testing, I’ve determined that the iPhone 4 performs much better than the 3GS in situations where signal is very low, at -113 dBm (1 bar). Previously, dropping this low all but guaranteed that calls would drop, fail to be placed, and data would no longer be transacted at all. I can honestly say that I’ve never held onto so many calls and data simultaneously on 1 bar at -113 dBm as I have with the iPhone 4, so it’s readily apparent that the new baseband hardware is much more sensitive compared to what was in the 3GS. The difference is that reception is massively better on the iPhone 4 in actual use.

    With my bumper case on, I made it further into dead zones than ever before, and into marginal areas that would always drop calls without any problems at all. It’s amazing really to experience the difference in sensitivity the iPhone 4 brings compared to the 3GS, and issues from holding the phone aside, reception is absolutely definitely improved. I felt like I was going places no iPhone had ever gone before. There’s no doubt in my mind this iPhone gets the best cellular reception yet, even though measured signal is lower than the 3GS…”

  9. “Can’t wait to see how the upgrade to Flash over the air works out.”

    Hopefully they all get bricked like the EVO did this week. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

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