View Poll Results: Are you happy with Apple's "solution" ?
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Yes , great idea!
H3LL No! This isnt a solution, its just hiding behind covers !
Its ok for now, But I feel tricked
I was hoping for recall, but this will do for now
No! I am returning my iPhone 4 !!
- 07-16-2010, 11:28 PM #51
- 07-17-2010, 12:15 AM #52
Works for me. I've got invisible shields on front and back and a black bumper case and have zero issues making calls or making a data connection.
In short, this is the best smartphone I've used yet.
I have to agree with some earlier posters - if you're having such tragic problems with your iPhone 4, it might just be time to accept the issue, return the phone, and move on.
It's unfortunate that you're having difficulties in using a product you were so excited to get, and I sympathize, but Apple is doing as much as they can here. To ask for a re-call or a manufacturing change is to simply unrealistic.
You can downgrade to the 3GS, accept their peace offering, or move on to a new phone/carrier, but I wouldn't expect anything else out of Apple on this. Which is pretty reasonable.
I know the total amount of iPhone 4s with antenna issues is a fraction of what's sold (yet more or less affecting around 20.000 people so far) , but lets say after the free bumper deal most of these annoyed users are happy and those who arent will never be happy......
How would ya'll react , if Apple released a new batch of iPhone 4s after September 30th where the antenna issue has been resolved permanently....
- 07-17-2010, 11:06 AM #54
I would be as happy for this new users as I am for me. I am able to replicate this issue yet I have seen no negative affect to my daily usage. So I am very happy and satisfied without a case. With a free case? Well that is just gravy!
- 07-17-2010, 11:18 AM #55
Yeah, the attenuation doesn't affect me at all, but I also live in a strong signal area. I'll find out how bad it is when I go visit the in-laws here in a few weeks.
I bought the bumper on launch day out of paranoia. I was a bit pissed having to drop an extra $30 at first. After the fact, I'm glad I did. The lips on the bumper really help keep the phone up off what ever surface it happens to be sitting on. Even though I'm content with the bumper, I'm pleased I'll get my $30 back.
- 07-17-2010, 11:59 AM #56
Did Apple fail with this model?
Absolutely. 100 million dollars in research labs got you worse reception of all phones in weaker signal areas. Their secrecy of testing in public came back to bite them in the ***. I personally can reproduce the problem every now and then, but I don't lose calls or data reliability because of it. If someone is tethering, chances are they aren't giving it the death grip. It's laying down somewhere transmitting. Another redesign is going to be necessary for the antennas, possibly even putting them back inside. It is a little blown out of proportion and while some pundits compare this to Toyota, those people are insane. I am happy enough with mine. Yeah proximity sensor, I'm looking at you!
Did Apple make amends yesterday?
Yes and no. The case freebie is the only real band-aid solution, so that was expected. There are those who do not going to be satisfied no matter what. What more could Jobs do? He apologized in the QA, he took responsibility, but he was also a little deceiving on trying to generalize the problem amongst everyone. To be fair, Apple does have the bigger target on their back due to their popularity.
Our group on this site is small compared the general population and we all understand technology. The general public, like the woman in aisle 2 waiting to check out, hears or reads about what consumer reports, CNN, Foxnews, maybe your local paper, and other sources of information say and word of mouth spreads amongst them. Perception. Windows Vista. I personally had no issue with that OS and liked it overall. The public perception killed it and Microsoft came back with Windows 7, which is very solid IMO.
If anyone can come back with the next version, it's Apple. i4G/5/whatever will be much improved. People speak with their wallets and so far it's working. It's likely to taper off some because of this "Antennagate" situation, but Apple will be fine. If you don't like it, return it.
- 07-17-2010, 12:02 PM #57
- 07-17-2010, 12:32 PM #58
My recommendation is instead, just deal with it if you're invested in the ecosytem. Use a bumper or just be mindful of the way you hold the phone. That's pretty simple to do. In 11 short months, a new model will be out that no doubt will focus on minimizing this issue.
- 07-17-2010, 12:39 PM #59
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- 07-17-2010, 01:15 PM #62
I don't get why people have to come online and keep crying after the free case deal. If its not good enough stop wasting part of your 30 days sobbing about how "mean steve is" and go get your damn $200+ back!
- 07-17-2010, 01:17 PM #63
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- 07-17-2010, 02:04 PM #66iMore Beginner
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I have NO problems with my 4, I can make and receive calls, yes I need to be careful where I hold it, but I'll take that anyday over not being able to make calls at all with the previous 2 models.
That proves to me at least that this phone has improved reception due to the external antenna design.
- 07-17-2010, 02:32 PM #67
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- 07-17-2010, 05:27 PM #70iMore Newbie
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When I first received the phone and used it, without knowing about the so call antenna problem, I called several people immediately and some were local and some were long distance. My mom lives about 400 miles away in SoCal, and we talked for quite awhile and the reception was much better than my 3GS, I'd say more clear than before. So my initial impression was that it has improved reception. Plus at my place the signal bounces around, some places are 5 bars and other parts of the house are 1-2 bars. I was walking around cupping it in my left hand, you know the so called "death grip", and covering the spot with my palm and the called never faded or sounded distorted in any way.
After learning about the problem, I still do not have any problems with voice or data other than the data speed sucks in the Bay Area. With my 3GS, the speed test came back at 1.2 Mbps After getting my 4 the speed is still the same. I'm keeping mine. And I bought the bumper on release day so I get the refund! But if your not happy I would say return it. If your in it for the resale value well then that's just wrong. I believe that Apple will fix it if there is a hardware change. It's only been 3 weeks so in a month they should have done troubleshooting and testing, plus get more data to make the right decisions for the fix.
I am satisfied for the moment with the bumper solution. I gonna wait to see what happens. All in all if you can't take it then GTFO!
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- 03-04-2011, 03:37 PM #74
Nothing against the iP4, but the antenna issues were one of the reasons I went with the iP3GS. It seemed as though there were too many problems with the iP4, almost as if Apple rushed to bring it to market and overlooked some of the quality they are known for. Just my $.02.
- 03-04-2011, 05:30 PM #75