It’s Droid-X Vs. iPhone 4 On More Than One Front

Of course, Verizon has always pitted its Droid range of handsets against Apple’s iPhone 4. Remember the Verizon ad calling the iPhone a “digitally clueless tiara wearing princess“? While the iPhone survived the brand attacks all along, Verizon may have just launched a Droid that directly competes against the iPhone and I am not speaking all positives here.

We all know how the iPhone 4 has been afflicted by all these issues with respect to signal reception, super-sensitive proximity sensor,etc. Now, as we have seen in the past few days, the Droid-X appears to be no different. First there were reports about the apparent privacy flaw on the Droid-X contacts system. Then several users reported issues with rapid flickering and banding on the display. Later, we heard about the Wi-Fi disconnecting frequently. The reported issues are just about being referred to as Motorola’s own “Antennagate“.

Thankfully though, it is not just on the bugs-front that Droid-X is competing against the iPhone. According to a statement by Jennifer Byrne, a business development executive at Verizon, Droid-X users seem to be consuming nearly five times more data than the normal Verizon subscribers. This is reminiscent of AT&T’s own problems with iPhone users who the carrier not so politely called “data hogs”.

It will be interesting to see which of these two devices resolve the issues and get one up in this battle.

iPhone 4 Users Noticing Slow Wi-Fi Network Connection

Okay. You can add this to the growing list of problems iPhone 4 users have been facing on their brand new iPhone 4 – yes, the same mobile phone that Steve Jobs called magical. The Apple Support forum has a several users complaining about the painfully slow Wi-Fi connection speed on their iPhone 4. While […]

Okay. You can add this to the growing list of problems iPhone 4 users have been facing on their brand new iPhone 4 – yes, the same mobile phone that Steve Jobs called magical. The Apple Support forum has a several users complaining about the painfully slow Wi-Fi connection speed on their iPhone 4.

While this issue may seem to be connected to the more prevalent issue with the iPhone’s antenna band, some users have also noted that this may be a separate issue in itself. Do note that the iPhone 4 has two antenna bands – one that takes care of GPS, Bluetooth and Wi-fi while the other takes care of cellular reception.

Here are some complaints pulled from the Support discussion

“Got home tested it out and still slow wifi. By slow i’m talking about 10 kilobits per second! My 3GS was still chugging along at a nice steady 1600kbps…Not content with leaving it at that, I went out and got a new router, its a Belkin “N” Wireless router. So now I have the option of b, g, & n wireless signals. (My old router only did up to G) So finially got it all installed and running, and the speed is faster on the iP4 but its not stable. I have it sat directly next to my iMac which picks up approx 1600kbps, and the iP4 is getting about 800-900kbps… I think the fact that both my iMac and 3GS work on my normal network and router and the iPhone 4 doesn’t, means that the iP4 is the culprit.”

“I got my new iPhone 4 today and I immediately noticed the wifi issues. I have seen the signal strength, drop dramatically. Especially when I compare it to my 3G.

In my Family Room couch which is about 40 feet from my router. My 3G still sees the Wifi and performs well. The new iPhone 4 hardly sees the signal. Using the WifiTrak App, at about 5 feet from router, my 3G shows the strength as -26, and the iPhone 4 is at -43.”

“Doing a soft reset (i.e. holding down home and power buttons until the white Apple appears) seems to clear the problem for a while, then it comes back.”

However, to be fair, not all units appear to be having an issue. So, if you are one of those facing the problem, fix up an appointment with Apple Care and persuade to have your device replaced. Do not forget to test the Wi-Fi before accepting the new device.