Video: Apple Uses Nokia N97 mini (+more) to deflect antenna gate issue – the cheek of it! Can't make N97 mini lose signal completely like iPhone 4 though (both AT&T but N97 mini on FULL signal, iPhone at 60%)

| July 21, 2010 | Reply

The official Apple page on youtube has been uploading some videos of competing smartphones to demonstrates what they consider to be similar antenna problems as their own iPhone 4 which when touched decides to kill your signal.

When signal strength is reduced sufficiently on the iPhone 4, it eventually CUTS your call. Looking at the N97 mini, it doesn’t lose signal completely.

It’s interesting that with the N97 mini, they waited AGES for the signal to go down (and I wouldn’t be surprised if they placed some Faraday cage above to reduce the signal.

Look in comparison to their own video. As soon as almost all signal is lost, they quickly remove their hand to let it recover.

What’s also interesting is that whilst the iPhone 4 gets 60% 3G reception with AT&T, the N97 mini gets 100%.

Of course Jobs would blame this on their antenna signal algorithms.


When doing video tests such as these and on your own channel, do some frikkin fair testing. It’s 3rd grade stuff to keep as many parameters equal for fair testing. Though fair isn’t really what Apple does in terms of perception and their magical distortion field

Number of bars in inconsistent. Some have 7, 6, 5 4.

Also only the iPhone isn’t at FULL signal. Hence why it’s the only one that “only” drops 2 bars as it’s the ONLY one with the shitty signal. Every other smartphone was on FULL signal. But of course this would be spun positively as iPhone 4 dropping the least number of bars.


Another thing to point out is that every other manufacturer has several handsets. Most antennas are awesome with some much better than others. N900 for instance is a tank of a signal beast.

You might want to check out though – How To: Hold your Nokia N900 and make it drop calls

Many man hours of testing is shared between the companies portfolio of handsets.

Apple has ONE phone which they still messed up (that’s what you get for “innovating” because you don’t want to pay Nokia royalties like the rest).

Here’s another N97 Mini via yhdkss


Bumpers, duct tape, to Fix the super awesome innovative external antenna (which some report still doesn’t fix anything). Oy.

At least we won’t have to be using one of these any time soon

I have never had a dropped call due to reception issues on My Nokia phones apart from…wait for it…when I went under the River Severn under a tunnel in a train. Even then it was quite a while into entering the tunnel that I lost signal.


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