During the iPhone 4 “Antennagate Conference” Apple CEO showed videos of HTC Droid Eris, Samsung Omnia II and BlackBerry Bold 9700 dropping singal bars when held in a way which attenuates its signal. Apple didn’t just stop there, after the conference was over they posted a new page on their website which explains the antenna design and issue of weak spots in smartphones.
The antenna is located at the bottom of the Omnia 2 phone, while iPhone’s antenna is on the lower left side of the device. Our design keeps the distance between a hand and an antenna. We have fully conducted field tests before the rollout of smartphones. Reception problems have not happened so far, and there is no room for such problems to happen in the future.
Hwan Kim, vice-president of mobile communications recently issued a new statement to Reuters saying:
we have not received significant customer feedback on any signal reduction issue for the Omnia II. Based on years of experience of designing high quality phones, Samsung mobile phones employ an internal antenna design technology that optimizes reception quality for any type of hand-grip use.
The aim of Apple’s conference was to explain to its customers that the “weak spot” issue in not unique to iPhone 4 and continues to be a challenge for the entire industry and by showing the existence of similar issues in its competitors products Apple has been successful in conveying this message.