Apple continues with the "our antenna sucks as much as the competition" campaign

Apple continues with the "our antenna sucks as much as the competition" campaign

Summary: In an attempt to prove to us all that the iPhone 4 is no worse (or better) than any other smartphone, Apple has posted a video of Motorola's Droid X having the life-force squeezed out of it.

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In an attempt to prove to us all that the iPhone 4 is no worse (or better) than any other smartphone, Apple has posted a video of Motorola's Droid X having the life-force squeezed out of it.

Now, I've written about the failing of these "Gorilla Grip of Death" tests that Apple is doing before, and this test is no different except that it attacks the one handset that is seen as offering strong competition to the iPhone.

This is nothing other than Apple trying to reframe the problem. Show me a single spot on the Droid X (or any other big name smartphone) where you can touch to collapse the signal, and we can talk again. Until then, this whole campaign is just FUD.

Topics: Smartphones, Apple, Hardware, Mobility

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  • RE: Apple continues with the

    "This is nothing other than Apple trying to reframe the problem. Show me a single spot on the Droid X (or any other big name smartphone) where you can touch to collapse the signal, and we can talk again. Until then, this whole campaign is just FUD."

    Yep.
    drphysx
    • Yes, FUD

      Apple PR was always about FUD. This thing just get sadder and sadder for each day, though.

      They've lost their humorous angle and now they are being exposed as vicious losers.
      honeymonster
      • Pretty much

        @honeymonster

        The competitor's smartphones suck, just like PC's were full of cryptic error messages and "uncool" to own.
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • RE: Apple continues with the

        @honeymonster Think different.
        thiel.terry@...
    • Uncool?

      @NStalnecker (NS aka NutSac)
      Wow and I thought ideas, individuality and personality were what makes a person cool. Now all the melvins and pointdexters (no offense to them personally) are suddenly gettin all the hot chicks and attending all the rage parties because they own Apple products? Not that I have issue with Apple, but that is a ridiculous comment. Now go play with yourself? err your ?stuff?
      Da-Man
      • That was the subliminal message.

        @Da-Man

        "melvins and pointdexters .....are suddenly gettin' all the hot chicks and attending all the rage parties because they own Apple products.."
        Lester Young
      • What are you talking about?

        @Da-Man

        I was agreeing with honeymonster's comment. Those get a mac ads portrayed PC's as "uncool". That is what I was referring to. If anything yell at Apple for doing that. Not me.
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • RE: Apple continues with the

      @drphysx
      The one thing that I would like to see is the two phones held side by side for comparison of signal bar loss. Without that the video has no real merit! For all we know the test might be done in a place where the signal strenth of the nearest tower is ony good from one direction namly the direction the guys hand is facing and blocked from all the other sides by heavy building walls! You can not tell where the phone is from the blury background. Data can be manipulated to say what ever you want it to if you get to pick your own test conditions. If a republican run poll asking if the republican party or the democrate party has better policies was done by standing outside the door of a republican convention and ask those comming in and out of the door to that convention only the poll question who do you think whould win the poll as having the best policies?
      NZJester
  • RE: Apple continues with the

    So now Apple isn't blaming AT+T for the lost bars?
    AbredPeytr
    • RE: Apple continues with the

      @AbredPeytr nope they are now onto blaming other companies!
      Jimster480
    • Lost bars

      @AbredPeytr

      Apple always has the consumers best interest at mind. After they were "stunned" that they had designed their software so that it lied about signal strength (and were forced to desplay fewer bars); <i>they made up for it by providing <b>bigger</b> bars.</i> Always at your service!
      honeymonster
  • That's not even the issue...

    First let me say I have a First Gen Droid and love the Operating System.

    With that said, I have two friends that own a Droid X and one of them has reception every bit as good as my Droid but the other flakes out and is often 2 bars behind in the same physical location.

    In other words, I think there are some bad Droid X bodies out there and Apple probably went looking for one. Also, they probably found exactly where the Antenna's end and blocked both places.
    slickjim
  • Not just iPhones then.

    Hold the Dorid X the wrong way and the signal collapses.

    Why are you judging Apple with a different yardstick to everyone else?

    FUD maybe?
    drquakingtosh
    • If you are still clueless

      @drquakingtosh

      then consider staying out of the conversation

      And the same goes for other similar posts
      Economister
    • Holding the droid x the wrong way...

      @drquakingtosh ... does NOT collapse the signal. I just watched this video, held my Droid X the same way and my signal strength did not waver.

      Every iPhone will loose signal if held where the antennae is.
      Spikey_Mike
      • RE: Apple continues with the

        @Spikey_Mike

        I also held the iPhone 4 the same way but it did not drop bars. Maybe you missed the facts but not every iPhone is having the issue.
        dave95.
      • RE: Apple continues with the

        @Spikey_Mike
        "Every iPhone will loose signal if held where the antennae
        is. "

        Wrong. There are many reports from iPhone 4 owners who haven't been affected and can't even reproduce the problem if they try. I'm one of them and 6 of my friends and coworkers who own them also report that their iPhones are unaffected.

        The nature of the press coverage gives the impression that "Antennagate" is an extremely widespread problem. Strange how they never find reports like mine and my friends to be newsworthy. I guess NOT bashing Apple doesn't get anywhere near the hits on sites like this as bashing Apple does.
        dbrebel
      • RE: Apple continues with the

        @Spikey_Mike

        I'm sorry spikey, you just failed the intelligence test. Whether you loose your signal or not is irrelevant.

        You are one data point. Science is about looking at large numbers of data points to see the trends. One data point says nothing. That is like saying you know one girl with a wart on her nose, therefore all girls have warts on their noses.

        We got past this "my experience speaks for all" attitude in the 1880s.

        Proper testing sets up uniform conditions that test only the parameters of interest. Then you need at least 100 duplicate samples to get a believable trend.

        Apple and all the others understand science, not emotion. That is why they have expensive testing rooms. That is why the other phone makers saying they don't have the same problems is a lie. They all do. That's like saying a my duck doesn't have web feet.

        Apple is pointing out their lies and illustrating the truth. Apple is doing you a service whether you can understand it or not.
        zdnetbtg
      • RE: Apple continues with the

        @Spikey_Mike I can't get my iPhone 4 to drop bars in two weeks of ownership and I'm a lefty! I've tried as recently as last night when in conversation with friends. So what!
        Jeffsters
      • RE: Apple continues with the

        @dave95
        Every iphone 4 has the drop issue "if it is in an area of low or flucuating signal strength"
        All others have some form of antenuation.
        I have a number of co-workers who also claimed "mine doesn't" but was able to demo it for them on every single one.
        Get over it!
        rhonin