The vendors weren't about to stand by while Apple manhandled their wares, however. It's become a popular jab when introducing a new phone to say "and you can hold it any way you want," but they aren't being so subtle anymore.
Here’s what the vendors had to say:
Nokia had this to say in a statement:
- 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.
Interestingly, Apple blog Edible Apple dug up some Nokia user manuals showing consumers how to hold their phones to avoid signal fade, as well as forum threads indicating reception problems dating back to 2005.
The CEOs jointly issued this statement:
Apple's attempt to draw RIM into Apple's self-made debacle is unacceptable. Apple's claims about RIM products appear to be deliberate attempts to distort the public's understanding of an antenna design issue and to deflect attention from Apple's difficult situation.
Samsung's statement said:
- Our design keeps the distance between a hand and an antenna. We have fully conducted field tests before the rollout of smartphones. Reception problems have not happened so far, and there is no room for such problems to happen in the future
Apple, of course, isn't sitting by while its competitors refute its claims. Today its Website features a more convincing compilation of Apple testing videos available to the public at http://www.apple.com/antenna. The internal tests are a result of the $100 million Apple says it invested in advanced antenna design and test labs.
More information on antenna matters might come later today as Apple reports its third-quarter earnings after the market closes. Analysts are anticipating record earnings despite Antennagate.
— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile