Apple's impromptu press conference held on Friday at its Cupertino headquarters did more than just offer up a solution to the antenna problems of the iPhone 4 — it also called out the competition. During the presentation, Steve Jobs showed a video of other handsets — like the BlackBerry 9700, HTC Eris, Samsung Omnia — that appear to have the same reception problems as the iPhone 4, and even mentioned Nokia for having stickers on its phones that say "don't touch here."
Not surprisingly, all of these companies issued statements or reactions after the press conference, addressing their presence at the Apple event. Take a look at how Jobs compared all of these phones to the iPhone 4 and how each company responded below.
- Steve says: You can go on the web and look at pictures of Nokia phones that ship with stickers on the back that say "don’t touch here."
- Nokia says: 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.
See what Jobs had to say about RIM and HTC (and their reactions) after the break.
- Steve says: When you make contact with the phone, you put your body between the phone and the signal it's trying to see. Your body is a pretty effective signal absorber. When you make contact with the phone, its performance is less than that of its free space performance.
- RIM says: 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. One thing is for certain, RIM's customers don't need to use a case for their BlackBerry smartphone to maintain proper connectivity.
- Steve says: The time it takes for the bars to go down is dictated by their algorithm. The signal goes down right away, but the algorithm sometimes delays it to make sure it's not just a temporary glitch, as to not to confuse the user. So it goes down to zero bars, then you take your hand away from wherever their antenna weak spot is, and it goes back up eventually to four bars.
- HTC says: Approximately .016 percent of customers [have complained]. We have had very few complaints about signal or antenna problems on the Eris.