Apple’s Antenna Performance Claims False – Nokia

This was to be expected – especially after Steve Jobs sought refuge under his oft-repeated fact of life that all smartphones are affected by death grip issues during the iPhone 4 press conference yesterday. Steve Jobs had said,

“To our knowledge, it’s not possible to make a phone that doesn’t have weakspots. You could make a really big one! I mean, some of these guys are making Hummers at this point. But no one’s going to buy that.”

Nokia, the Finnish giant that is still the leader in the mobile phone industry took exception to Jobs’ statements. In a media statement released yesterday, the company has said that while it is true that wireless smartphones are affected by death grip, the company has taken exceptional care to ensure that their users do not face these signal reception issues. Nokia explains,

“Antenna design is a complex subject and has been a core competence at Nokia for decades, across hundreds of phone models. Nokia was the pioneer in internal antennas; the Nokia 8810, launched in 1998, was the first commercial phone with this feature.

[…]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. Nokia has invested thousands of man hours in studying how people hold their phones and allows for this in designs, for example by having antennas both at the top and bottom of the phone and by careful selection of materials and their use in the mechanical design.”

Do you own a Nokia smartphone? Can you replicate the death grip issues? Voice off in the comments.

4 thoughts on “Apple’s Antenna Performance Claims False – Nokia”

  1. I own a Nokia E51 and a 5320. Although low-end smartphones, still are smartphones. I have tried to replicate this issue, though I never ever had dropped calls no matter how I held it. 5320 drops about 2 bars when I grip it as tight as possible (not force, contact surface). Nokia E51 drops from full to about only 2 bars when i do my best. Normally, when I just hold it in my palm (not in my fingers) just 2 bars drop. Still, couldn’t get the call to drop or the partner not to hear me.

  2. Interesting results, Alexander…I’ve tried all the masking I could on my Samsung F480, iPhone 3G and a couple of other lower end Nokia handsets..Nothing appears to have this problem..

  3. Anand, try it on the first floor of a concrete building enforced for earthquakes at 7 points on the Richter scale.
    I think this is partially influenced by initially weak signal in this place.

  4. I’m not sure if I can replicate the same environment here. But it is possible that the location too has something to offer. Thanks to the fact that 3G is still unavailable here in India, our network signals are pretty strong all the time. My phone constantly shows 4 or 5 bars..So I presume that could be one reason..

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