Sunday, June 27, 2010

Apple iPhone 4 Antennas

This is a very interesting article about the iPhone 4 antenna and cell phone antennas in general. I have a 3Gs with no 4 in sight. But I can attest to the fact that my phone is not affected by the way in which I hold it. Yes, I've tried to kill the signal and I can't. I've heard some people say they think it is all a software issue. I don't, I think it is an antenna issue. Is it still a very usable phone? Sure. Should you move your hand if you lose your signal. I would. Using a case should help and will probably help protect a phone with not 1 but 2 sides of glass. Is this a design flaw? I'd call it more of a design compromise. Or is that a compromised design?

1 comment:

  1. The iPhone 4 antenna solution is as simple as a one inch strip of Scotch tape on the lower left corner, covering the black band that separates two antennas.

    Looks to me as if the real problem is attenuation across multiple antennas. Apple says the problem is also solved by a case, so avoiding a hand that "shorts" across the antennas with Scotch tape is a working solution for those that don't want to spend $25 for a plastic case.

    The perfect geek substitute for Scotch tape, of course, would be duct tape. That oughta give Steve Jobs nightmares.


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