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Apple pulls Droid X into antenna battle

updated 08:45 pm EDT, Fri July 23, 2010

Moto Droid X not immune from antenna issues

Apple escalated its war on its competitors' antenna claims with a new comparison against the Droid X. Despite Motorola claiming in a full page ad that the Droid X's dual antennas made it immune to reception problems, Apple shows a tight bottom grip killing the phone's signal entirely. The phone's signal was one of the weakest of the group if measured solely by its bars, as it was already down to three bars before the grip.

The feat may be more difficult to replicate in casual use both due to the internal antenna and the phone's much larger dimensions than its Apple counterpart. Apple's demo nonetheless may serve as a source of minor embarrassment for Motorola, which was largely exempt from earlier comparisons. The iPhone producer has been determined to prove that its phone's problems aren't exceptional, and even after its short-notice keynote has been adding more phones in an attempt to persuade the public.

By Electronista Staff


  1. bizard1

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    Consumer Reports

    Consumer Reports should feel a bit embarrassed now. By their own measure, the iPhone is better than all other smart phones, but they can't recommend it because of the (presumably unique) antenna problem. Apple is pretty sly to point out that it is a common problem and not unique at all. Makes Consumer Reports look like chumps that they didn't bother to actually test any of the other phones.

  1. chas_m



    Smack That b**** Up

    Motorola thought they could sell a few phones off Apple's "problems," but now they're looking like chumps too.

    What I find most interesting is that only ONE of these other companies took any other attitude than TOTAL DENIAL of the issue, even though they knew Apple could prove it.

    Says VOLUMES about their opinion of their customers versus Apple, in my mind.

  1. graxspoo

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    I half believe them

    Apple's videos have shown that all phones suffer from signal attenuation when you hold the phone in a way that covers the antenna. However that's only half of the iPhone 4's problem. The other problem is that it has two exposed antennas that are susceptible to being bridged. This is why a bumper helps. Putting a case around any of those other phones would not help because the antenna is already protected from sweaty palms by some plastic.

  1. gitcypher

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    Agreed, graxspoo

    Apple is pulling what some would call a b**** move, and we both know why.

    Of course, physically limiting access to the antenna with decrease signal strength. The waves have to go through your flesh and bone to get to the phone. Apple has proven nothing. That's a useless as calling out a radio for accepting unwanted interference without referencing part 15 of the FCC rules (look it up). Furthermore, they had the NERVE to blame physics for their Fk up. That alone should at least piss some of you off a bit.

    The problem with the iPhone 4 is physical contact with the antenna. Their videos ARE pointing out the laws of physics, as they apply to every wireless device. Unfortunately, the average consumer will equate them to 'holding it wrong' with taking into account that they're being called idiots in public. It's simple really. If you cover your ears, it will be hard to hear someone talking. But I DO NOT expect the same decrease in volume because I touched my earlobe.

    Apple, answer this question. If covering the antenna will kill signal, as you've so thoroughly shown... and you gave me a bumper so I wont touch the metal band, can't I still cover the antenna?

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  1. macnnoel

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    this is the new and improved I'm a Mac and you're a PC.

    Let's see how this one goes-

    My bars are longer than your bars!

    Their bars go limp before ours!

    Their bars aren't as long they want you to think!

    Holding it this way makes theirs go limp!

  1. Foe Hammer

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    Joined: Feb 2005


    In A World Of Attenuation ...

    ... Droid Does!

  1. evansls

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    hold up -- the 3GS has its an internal antenna but

    graxspoo - you said, "Putting a case around any of those other phones would not help because the antenna is already protected from sweaty palms by some plastic."

    i recall apple showed they are able to attenuate the signal even with their 3GS design. It was the last video within their demonstration page, right? I didn't see a metal antenna outside of that design.

    So, the point is, hand on phone causes attenuation even if the antenna is inside or outside the plastic phone casing. That's basically what Apple is are trying to prove that it is a fact an issue, but a known issue for all cell phone manufactures and the Droid X is no exception to this rule even with its 2 antennas.

  1. CaptainHaddock

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    Joined: Apr 2004


    Antenna Design

    "... and you gave me a bumper so I wont touch the metal band, can't I still cover the antenna?"

    Yes, but the exterior wrap-around design of the antenna should result in much *less* attenuation than any other current smartphone, which is why Apple is so proud of the design in general, and which is also why it gets better reception than the 3GS (which in turn was better than the 3G).

    PS: Dear, f*** you for messing up copy-and-paste with your stupid Javascript shenanigans.

  1. minimansion

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    Joined: Aug 2001


    something seems fishy here...

    Are all these videos from Apple really real? lol

  1. iphonerulez

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    Joined: Nov 2008


    I think this antenna signal issue has gone

    on long enough and it's time to move on to something else. Cellphones didn't just start getting weakened signals from holding them. If only a very small percentage of users are having issues with dropped calls, why make a big deal out of it. Apple shouldn't be wasting time counter-attacking other smartphone vendors. The way Apple is acting, you'd think that Antennagate really did hurt them in some way. The iPhone had a visually vulnerable spot that made it so susceptible to signal loss. OK, we know it. Protect the antenna gap. Easily fixed by any number of cheap solutions. Done. That's it.

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