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Nokia Lampoons Apple, iPhone 4 Still Sells 1.7m Units In 3 Days

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Nokia Lampoons Apple, iPhone 4 Still Sells 1.7m Units In 3 Days

Are Apple products completely immune from criticism? And not just if you're Hugo...

The saga of the so-called 'Death Grip' iPhone 4 reception issue drags on and Nokia has joined the condemnation with a high profile parody on its blog entitled 'How do you hold your Nokia?'

With such suggestions as (from left to right) the 'Thumb and Finger', 'The Cup', 'The Balance' and 'The four edge grip' the company is clearly having fun at Apple's expense. Be careful throwing stones in glass houses though Nokia, because this old YouTube video shows its own famed E71 is far from immune:

Perhaps even more painful for Nokia, however, is it seems nothing can stop the Apple juggernaut. The company yesterday announced the new handset has shipped a remarkable 1.7m units in just its first 72 hours on sale. Couple that with the fact the majority of interested customers couldn't get their hands on one due to stock shortages while many are put off by the early adopter queues and the figure could have been considerably larger.

"This is the most successful product launch in Apple's history," said Apple {insert your own phrase here} Steve Jobs. "Even so, we apologize to those customers who were turned away because we did not have enough supply."

We'd suggest an apology for the reception issues and the misleading and often contradictory messages that have come out from the company since the iPhone 4 launched would be far more appropriate. iOS 4.01 anyone?

Links:

How Do You Hold Your Nokia

Apple Press Release

Kaurisol

June 29, 2010, 1:53 pm

It absolutely amazes me that something like this wasn't picked up by Apple in their product testing. While I really like the idea of putting the aerial(s) on the outside of the phone case, testing the effect of how the phone is held on the connectivity is really, really BASIC.

bee144

June 29, 2010, 2:16 pm

I'm still waiting to get my hands on a white 32 GB iPhone 4 :/

DrDark

June 29, 2010, 2:22 pm

@Kaurisol: Not to mention that was one of the complaints of the existing iPhone(s).

BobaFett

June 29, 2010, 3:41 pm

@Kaurisol: It does defy belief that Apple didn't notice the issue during testing, especially given it was a new and untested antenna design. I'm guessing the Apple employees who used them for real world testing (and leaving behind in bars) always used disguised casing so they would never have noticed it?

Keithe6e

June 29, 2010, 4:19 pm

Was this an official Nokia blog entry? If so to me seems very unprofessional conduct from such a large organization. I do see the funny side, but don't like the idea this has come from official Nokia sources.

Gordon394

June 29, 2010, 4:32 pm

@Keith - yes, it's an official Nokiaarticle on an official site

Peter 20

June 29, 2010, 5:38 pm

Gordon,





You should've mentioned that Apple company was not mentioned anywhere in the blog. And the article was meant to make fun not at the current problem with IPhone devices but at what Steve Jobs said about the problem "Try not to hold it that way."





Not being an apple FanBoy I thought it was very good article.

purephase

June 29, 2010, 7:21 pm

Given that Apple continues to run a global ad campaign lampooning PCs (although they screwed it up in the UK by casting the guys that everyone prefers as the PC) I would suggest other companies are well within their rights to have a dig back at them when the opportunity arises!





It's a shame the design seems to have scuppered the reception as this is the first iphone I think looks any good since the first gen! If they fix it I could be keen when the price drops - but I don't want to have to put an armband on it to make it work.

purephase

June 29, 2010, 7:28 pm

Given that Apple continues to run a global ad campaign lampooning PCs (although they screwed it up in the UK by casting the guys that everyone prefers as the PC) I would suggest other companies are well within their rights to have a dig back at them when the opportunity arises!





It's a shame the design seems to have scuppered the reception as this is the first iphone I think looks any good since the first gen! If they fix it I could be keen when the price drops - but I don't want to have to put an armband on it to make it work.

Keithe6e

June 29, 2010, 9:02 pm

@purephase: Given that Apple continues to run a global ad campaign lampooning PCs





I actually had to google for this, Looks like I don't watch that much TV, I can see your point now. :)





While googling I stumbled upon -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

BobaFett

June 29, 2010, 9:13 pm

@Kaurisol: It does defy belief that Apple didn't notice the issue during testing, especially given it was a new and untested antenna design. I'm guessing the Apple employees who used them for real world testing (and leaving behind in bars) always used disguised casing so they would never have noticed it?

A Scotland

June 29, 2010, 9:58 pm

I have an iPhone 4 and my experience of the signal issues has been worse than has been reported. It does not matter where or how I hold the phone, it still affects the signal strength. I have lost several calls already immediately after answering them in areas with full signal strength. I note some people are suggesting the 3G suffered similar problems but I never had an issue with signal strength with my 3G. I wonder whether the current temperatures might be exacerbating the problem due to sweatier fingers.





As for buying a bumper case, nowhere seems to have them in stock. I currently use my old 3G case and this causes other problems in that it blocks the light sensor making it impossible to end calls without taking it out of the case (the screen shuts off after a call is connected until it detects you have taken the handset away from your face).

Jawad Mateen

June 29, 2010, 10:03 pm

Hey there...





I thought it was pretty funny actually since they are just making fun of the fact that Steve Jobs is telling people exactly how to hold their handset... Unlike those 'I'm a Mac and I'm a PC' ads by Apple where they made bogus claims and misleading comparisons between Macs and PCs.


And my friend used Nokia E71 for over an year and never felt the need to hold the handset upside down and watch the signal bars drop... huh...

CV

June 30, 2010, 2:27 am

Let me begin by saying I don't own an iPhone and have never owned one, since I'm on the Verizon network.





However, in the interest of fairness Gordon might have mentioned You Tube videos showing reception problems with Nokia handsets and other brands that some commenters began pointing to shortly after Nokia lampooned Apple.





Here are a couple links to the Nokia complaints, as well as one on the HTC Incredible and another about Google's Nexus One:





Nokia 6230 RF loss when held in hand-like iPhone...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_RP7F...





Nokia E71 Signal Issues...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gi1gHD...





Instructions from Nokia that say "Avoid contacting the antenna area"...http://funsizebytes.com/post/74572112...





HTC Droid Incredible signal strength issue...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaDE94...





Nexus One 3G Problem Part 2 - After the OTA Update...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2g5J4...





Point being, it's trendy to bash Apple and the company does appear to have an issue with the iPhone 4's antenna, but Nokia seems to be throwing rocks while living in its own glass house.

Sleeper

June 30, 2010, 2:34 am

I'm not sure the Apple juggernaut isn't slowing - the vast majority of those sales were made in the US and existing customer purchase rate was 77% as opposed to 56% last time.





The real test will be next quarter's sales and that all important Xmas quarter following on. Personally I think it has stabilised. It's still hugely popular but most of those sales are refreshes not new customers.





As for the Nokia article, it's a joke. Chill.

Gordon394

June 30, 2010, 2:53 am

@CV - not sure you read the article I'd written. There is an embedded YouTube video of the E71 problems you are pointing out to me. Perhaps you read it on your phone...? ;)

DrDark

June 30, 2010, 6:55 am

@CV: I appreciate you trying to bring a sense of fairness to the commentary, but there are about 3 other Apple articles of similar topics here and if you check them all you'll reach the conclusion that we're well aware of other phones having some signal problems. However, the Apple issue seems much more serious. I do find such stories online suspicious and tend to take them with a pinch of salt since I know there are hardcore Apple haters out there, but when at least 3 people I know start having the same problems, it becomes pretty clear this is, um, a major booboo.





So what phone /do/ you have at the moment? :-)

CV

June 30, 2010, 9:10 pm

@drdark


At the moment, I have an LG Cosmos, which is considered one of Verizon's "feature phones," (i.e. a "dumbphone.") Verizon has great coverage, but it irks me the company even slaps data charges on many of its non-smartphones, so I opted for one that did not require it. I realize AT&T does the same type of thing; I just consider it price-gouging.





Regarding Apple's "boo-boo," I've read some comments on another site from people who said they began experiencing signal issues when they upgraded their iPhone 3Gs' to iOS 4. That makes me wonder if this is something that can be fixed with a firmware or software update.





@Gordon,


I missed that at first. My bad.

DrDark

July 1, 2010, 9:15 pm

@CV: I haven't used a Cosmos before, but I expect its battery lasts longer than any of these "smart" phones ;). Essentially these days we're getting hyped up about gadgetry and forgetting the "phone" part.





Hmmm, I haven't seen comments about 3GS issues with iOS4 from anyone I know personally, so not sure. And it's hard to believe Apple would mess up on such a fundamental point, but here's the latest Latest: http://goo.gl/fb/e0Zwe


{BoyGeniusReport list customer's conversation with Apple}





It really does seem to be worse than almost any other phone out there. Oh, just to keep things covered, there's another (more technical) explanation of the antenna issue here, but I haven't finished reading it yet: http://www.anandtech.com/show/...

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