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Thursday, 17 March 2011 11:04

Plastic case did not fix the iPhone 4

Written by Nick Farell

It was totally broken says boffin
British boffins say that the iPhone 4's signal problems were not solved by sticking the broken gadget into a plastic case.

Last year a design flaw on the iPhone 4 caused its signal strength to drop dramatically when the user's hand covers the phone's internal aerial. Apples answer was to provide users with a rubber band to protect the aerial.

But British boffins investigating the 'death grip' claim that believe cases or covers do not improve the failed signal. Mark Beach, professor of radio systems engineering at Bristol University said his team were able to identify the antenna problem for the first time.

There  was a 100-fold drop in sensitivity of the phones when held in a particular way and this dramatically lowered the electrical match between the antenna and the handset's electrical circuitry. But a plastic cover 'did not affect or make any difference to the signal problems', said Professor Beach. Despite its technical faults the iPhone 4 was widely successful, which means that people were buying it not caring if it worked or not.

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+14 #1 RickyT23 2011-03-17 12:10
Nice grammar mistake "British boffins investigating the 'death grip' claim that believe cases" - are you missing the word "they"?

I'm not a fan of Apple. Their stuff is overpriced and I find (as a gamer) that the cons of buying Apple products outweigh the pros massively. Although the iPhone 4 gaming capability is still quite good, I would rather play on a decent sized screen anyday.
+2 #2 DJDestiny 2011-03-18 05:51
Never was their gaming capability any good .
-14 #3 Naterm 2011-03-18 09:49
If you're buying an Apple computer to play games, you're buying it for the wrong reasons. Buying an Apple computer is about OSX. Bar none, the best operating system there is.

There are three computer geeks. Those who admit how good OSX is, those who haven't used it, and those who are in denial. It's really that simple.

As for Farrel's ridiculous as usual article; if the iPhone 4 is so broken then how to millions of people keep on using it? Because it's the best smartphone on the market despite it's reception problems.

I run Android. I really like my 4.3" screen, but I'm not blind. I can see that Android is a cluster[censore d] of an OS.
+6 #4 123s 2011-03-18 13:16
"Because it's the best smartphone on the market despite it's reception problems."

No, because fanboys dont care about broken phones as long there is an Apple logo.
-11 #5 Naterm 2011-03-18 14:56
You're a fool. Most of the people that own iPhones could give a rat's ass about Apple and Steve Jobs. Verizon did a survey of it's Android users and found that half of them wanted to switch to the iPhone.

No doubt some of it's due to Apple's excellent marketing, but certainly not all of it. The iPhone has the best user experience of any smartphone on the market. Don't be a little Farrell sycophant and repeat idiocy like 'it's broken it's broken'.

Broken implies that something doesn't work, the iPhone 4 most certainly works and works very well. Apple is the standard bearer for smartphones at this time and everyone else is still trying to catch up from a user experience and software ecosystem standpoint.

It's broken my ass.
+3 #6 123s 2011-03-18 17:12
Yeah right only "some", without the omnipresence in the media Apple (iPhone/iPad) would easy lose 50% of the buyers. It wouldnt have the magic :/
No idea what iPhone users you know but the ones I know bought it because of the reasons.

The easy user experience doesnt matter much as long you dont buy it for your granny anyway and software, well Appstore is the biggest but thats all, most of the apps are garbage anyway (goes for all stores)
If something cant be used normally/fully then its pretty much broken or partially broken, flawed, whatever.

Btw, I am not saying that iPhone sucks or anything, its a decent phone for not so decent price, thats all.

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