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Problems with iPhone 4 Reception: Our Hands-on

We have mentioned in a number of posts about the problems with the iPhone 4 reception, so we thought we would do our own hands-on test to see if we have the same issue. But before we do let us go over what we know so far about this and other problems since the new Apple smartphone was launched yesterday.

In an interesting twist, it seems that the 3GS has a better signal than the new iPhone 4 — that’s according to what users are saying on Twitter. This is a kick in the teeth for Apple as Steve Jobs said that this new design would offer a much better signal than previous models.

We was then told that an iOS 4 patch would be able to fix the signal issue — unsure how that will work if it is a problem with the antenna itself.

Apple has offered a guide on how to fix this issue, they tell us that we are holding it wrong, but we have also seen Steve Jobs holding the iPhone 4 wrong as well

Some owners were even complaining about how to use FaceTime, with many seeing the message “Waiting for activation”. So let us see what we found out with our hands-on test.

The first two images that you see below shows you these black strips in the metal band, there is one on each side at the bottom and one at the top. As you can see they are nicely placed just waiting for your hands to cover them.

In this next image we show you the signal strength that we receive when we do not cover those strips — which Apple say is the correct way to hold it.

When we placed our hands over the black strips — within 20 seconds our signal dropped to nothing.

Here you can see below the wrong way to hold your new iPhone — as we know this is the most common way to hold a cell phone, but it is not the right way anymore.

Here we have a picture showing you how Apple wants us to hold the phone, and yes you can clearly see that we have a full signal once again.

I must apologise to our readers — one of our colleagues’ helped us with these images by holding the iPhone 4 for us, he had just helped himself to some BBQ chicken. Just look at those nails, now every time we make a call we will feel hungry and want to go to the nearest KFC.

Written by Peter Chubb

Peter has been writing on Product-Reviews since 2007 and in that time much has changed for him, like his hair having more grey than brown now. He loves gadgets and cars, and gets excited when big events come up, such as CES and the big auto shows.

Contact Peter Chubb: peter@product-reviews.net

He started out working in a factory and dreamed of the day when he could become his own boss; That happened back in 2002 and he has never looked back since. Things have changed so much on the Internet in that time, but he has adapted well.

Contact Peter Chubb: peter@product-reviews.net

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