Steve Jobs said the signal drop shown by the iPhone 4 is a problem shared by plenty of other phones during the iPhone 4 press conference on Friday night. As well as showing videos featuring phones from RIM, HTC and Samsung, Jobs also took a swing at Nokia.
Jobs said: “You can go on the web and look at pictures of Nokia phones that ship with stickers on the back that say ‘Don’t touch here’.” ??We’ve been scouring the web to find photos or videos of these stickered up Nokia phones and have drawn a blank. Read on for Nokia’s response and hit the comments with any links that might help us in our hunt for the Nokia signal stickers…
Nokia put out a statement in response to Steve Jobs’s claims and pointed to its history of developing phones with internal antennas. It says the venerable Nokia 8810, which launched in 1998, was the first consumer phone to come packing the feature.
But Nokia doesn’t deny that how you hold your phone can affect signal: “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…”
In a jab at Steve Jobs, Apple and the aesthetics of the iPhone 4, Nokia says: “We prioritize antenna over physical design if they are ever in conflict.”
While we’ve found some Nokia user manual instructions warning not to “avoid touching the antenna area unnecessarily”, we haven’t been able to uncover the stickers Steve Jobs referred to. Can you?
Hit the comments to let us know if you’ve had a Nokia phone with a signal warning emblazoned on the phone. Even better, point us to pictures or videos showing a Nokia phone with a “don’t touch here” sticker.
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