Apple adds Nokia N97 mini to smartphone antenna comparisons

“Apple has added an extra comparison phone to its special webpage dealing with iPhone 4 reception problems,” Electronista reports.

“New in the group is the Nokia N97 mini, which Apple claims can drop in signal strength from seven bars to two when held in the same grip that kills an iPhone’s reception,” Electronista reports. “Nokia has previously tried to refute Apple’s position that the iPhone 4 is simply suffering from an industry-wide flaw.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Any other Apple roadkill want to flap their yaps? Hello?

Apple’s “Smartphone Antenna Performance” page states, “In our tests, the Nokia N97 mini dropped from 7 bars to 2 bars when held in a way that attenuated the signal.”

See the photographic and video proof here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple, featuring a Nokia device on a “smartphone” page is cruel. Everyone knows Nokia can’t make smartphones.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. Apple’s solution for the small percentile of users experiencing signal loss is to take the free cover offer, or return the iPhone 4 for a full refund. If I was experiencing the problem, I can accept one of Apple’s solutions.

    It appears that putting on a case to cover the lower left corner of the outer metal band, solves the problem for the unlucky few.

    But the competitor’s phones are already covered with plastic cases and still lose signal strength… putting on another cover will not fix them.

    I guess the only option is to demand RIM, Nokia, Samsung (and others) to provide full refunds. Somehow I think they will not be making the offer to their customers.

  2. Nokia really asked for it, when they boasted that Apple did not include them because their phones don’t have this problem. Even their own user manuals give instructions for changing hand position to make reception better. The competition should just shut up. Instead, they whine and get defensive, which just helps do what Apple intended with these comparison videos – generalize “antennagate” to ALL mobile phones. Apple out-smarting the competition, as usual…

  3. Every other phone maker is desperate to plant the notion of a uniquely flawed iPhone, because if you look at the iPh4 for what it really is, they have no hope of matching it for years. Indeed, all of Apple competitors, as well as the collaterally damaged bystanders, will go to any lengths to blight the perception of the company’s products.

  4. recently Nokia said:
    “We prioritize antenna performance over physical design if they are ever in conflict”

    maybe these new Nokia X5-01 phones have VERY good reception ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

    Nokia redefines ugly with the X5-01

    (quick, someone do a youtube death-grip video of one…)

  5. Let’s hope Apple is busy testing the Motorola/Verizon Droid X for inclusion on the website. Their claim about the superiority of thier “double antenna” design has not yet been refuted (although the carcinogenic potential of the phone should be much greater).

  6. This is funny. The trouble with iphone users and mac zealots in general is that they mistake a good user interface for technological innovation. Mac may be making/selling a nice smartphone, but they still have not duplicated the manufacturing dexterity or technical know-how of the phone companies. Despite what Apple marketing says (and I know the cultists believe Apple can’t lie), I can’t find a way to make my old Nokia lose signal strength, no matter how I hold it. Let’s see data from independent test labs.

  7. the main difference is that in this video his hand is shaking which implicates a strong grip,

    the iphone’s signal can be dropped by a touch of a finger, that is the main problem, ya all phones can do it, but at awkward, tight grips

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