Lack of antenna coating on some iPhones may be part of the problem

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Lack of antenna coating on some iPhones may be part of the problem
We recently reported how your body can be responsible for the bridging of two antennas on the iPhone 4 when you hold the phone on the bottom left of the device. There are reports circulating that a coating that was supposed to insulate the antennas and prevent your body from detuning them, was accidentally left off of some units. When an iPhone 4 user called Apple tech support, he was told that once the Cupertino based firm decides what the solution is to the problem, "defective" iPhones will be repaired or replaced. For now, what the company is telling users to do is to reset the network settings, flip the "Airport mode" on and off (which ironically is something that we have found works well when a Motorola DROID loses its 3G signal) and avoid holding the phone in the lower left corner. If the problem is indeed the lack of a coating, it can be easily fixed with new production runs. In fact, this might have saved a lot of agony for those who held out for the white iPhone 4, because when the production line rolls on that version of the device, all of the issues surrounding reception will probably be taken care of. On the other hand, the coating theory pre-dates Apple's announcement that the problem is related to the miscalculation of the signal bars on the phone, so it is possible that it is not responsible for the iPhone 4's reception problems at all, in which case we are back to square one.

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55 Comments

53. drodriguezsd

Posts: 35; Member since: Jun 10, 2010

Tomorrow I am officially betraying Verizon to order my iPhone 4. I thought long and hard about upgrading to a Droid X, but I can't stand the thought of not having an iPhone 4 to go with my MacBook Pro ;) Not to mention the phone itself is a master piece despite silly reception issues! Who's gunna be squeezing the bottom left hand corner of the phone extremely tight anyways? oh well i'm right handed ;)

52. johnanth022583

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 23, 2010

There are great features on both phones. As an employee for Verizon i can respect both Apple and Android. These two companies battling it out is only going to create innovation with smartphone technology where everyone benefits. I have an iPod Touch and an Incredible. I use both almost everyday. With that said I'm anxiously waiting the Droid X and looking forward to the new features (HDMI hook ups) but ill probably still keep using my iPod touch as well.

55. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

innovation would normally be the result of competition, but I am still not seeing any result from iPod/Zune competition. Maybe I will hold my breath for Windows Phone 7 to see the culmination of Zune and then judge.

51. narley

Posts: 357; Member since: May 14, 2009

one question... how does apple, as such a great company with leading technology release a phone that they know is having this issue. it is crap to actually think they never realized holding a phone could effect how it makes calls.... so my question is, why did they release a phone knowing this was an issue? arrogance

54. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

No, arrogance was telling us how to hold it...

38. ekie84

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 02, 2010

APPLE are sooo 90'

44. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Keep telling yourself that

37. ekie84

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 02, 2010

APPLE just re-invented the wheel again and you APPLE FANBOY are stupid...period!!!haha

36. ekie84

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 02, 2010

E.N is an ANALHOLE,APPLE FCUKING FAG!!!haha

42. elpuser

Posts: 50; Member since: Nov 26, 2009

Is that necessary? Please grow up, this site is for adults.

43. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I'm actually returning my iPhone, not because it sucks or anything. It's still the best phone I ever had. I think I just need to spice things up a little and try Android for a year and then return to iPhone when ios5 comes (I usually don't stick to any OS for too long). But Hopefully by then all this antenna ruckus would have calmed down (and fixed) and all iPhone apps will be updated by the developers to be able to multitask. Also, Apple recently hired some guy who was essential to WebOS's notification system. I'm expecting next year to be big for iPhone. But regardless of what phone I have, I'm going to keep it real. I'm not going to say bad things about iPhone just because I'll have Android, I think people who do that are just stupid. No matter how many times you guys scream Apple sucks, it's not going to change anything. And I'm not saying I'm an Apple fanboy, but when did it become okay (on the web) to be a google fanboy and not an apple fanboy? I mean most of you guys have android just because there's really nothing else on your networks. I thought fanboys in general (and not just Apple fanboys) were suppose to be bad.

35. aztaxia12295

Posts: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 2009

ass hehe

29. kvenderley

Posts: 31; Member since: Aug 09, 2009

ive had the iphone 4 since last thursday when it came out and i have only dropped one call holding it anyway i do....i havnt had one problem with mine. that dropped call was because i was in a bad spot. so i love the phone and its by far better and more free than the verizon smartphones that verizon dumbs down

48. tallica05

Posts: 93; Member since: Dec 26, 2009

I have had my DROID since feb. and the only dropped call i had was the other caller dropping the call while i was talking to him. The funny part is he has the 3Gs.

21. wade1968

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 12, 2010

First problem is the antenna is the wire coated in a plastic wrapper. It is under all that aluminum which is blocking the signals. Plus all the other parts that slow down the operation of the phone. Hope this helps.

41. elpuser

Posts: 50; Member since: Nov 26, 2009

So you're saying they should uncoat the antenna wire and just leave it bare under the aluminum bevel?

10. doublej1970

Posts: 28; Member since: Apr 16, 2010

Also isn't it funny how phonearena hasn't done a comparison between the iphone4 and the Moto X yet?? It's because when u match the two head to head the X smokes the call dropping peice of crap!!!

11. AZNphoneGeek

Posts: 200; Member since: May 15, 2009

too bad i can only give you a +1, i'd add a couple digits in there if i could haha

15. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Well engadget gave the Droid X a 7/10 and the Evo 4G and iPhone 9/10. Better luck next time? I'm telling you guys that the only reason to get the X is Verizon. Other than that you should get the Evo or iPhone. I've yet to read a review that says the Droid X is better than the iPhone or Evo. Sorry guys....

18. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Um Ill make a statement like a question just like you, k? How about the Video rendering test? the Droid X tested higher in EVERY aspect minus the front facing camera? The Droid Incredible is still #1 for me right now. oh sorry, I mean, "for me right now?"

19. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Not to mention? most articles talk about all the new innovative features android has added to there devices? and mentions in most cases that iPhone 4 has "some" these features "also" which puts iPhone on the back burner? Stating that iPhone's UI is getting "Stale" and android is excelling in multiple UI to fit each consumer differently, and personally? Sounds like to me your reading Apple magazine? Or perhaps your reading BallsDeepAplle.com's Blog site? How about showing a little UN-Bias?

23. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

A lot of Android's newer features are from iPhone (you should read Droid X commercials) and vice versa. Well they could have said Android had this feature "also" if it was already stated that iPhone had it previously. The UI may be stale, but it seems like more people are happy with it than Android's UI. But I guess there are a few people out there that actually like the messiness of Motoblur. And why does the navigation keys on the bottom of Android phones keep changing from model to model. I know that's not part of the UI but it makes navigating annoying when going from a Droid to an Evo. I don't get it but I guess that's just part of excelling to fit each consumer differently. I don't read any of those but it sounds like you're reading "How to hate on iPhone and ignore all the good stuff it does and capitalize on all the bad....for Dummies" And you need to stop saying stuff like that. You can't tell me to stop being biased when you're being even more biased than I am. There's been an influx of Android users here. I usually don't comment this much but I'm getting annoyed now of all the antenna jokes, catching up stuff, Apple is behind crap,etc. I'm just trying to balance things a little. And I don't really understand "your joke?"

27. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

You've yet to read a review of the Droid X because it hasn't been released yet...Hard to review something without having it in hand!

31. DROID_FOR_LIFE

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 04, 2010

Stop trying to ac all un-bias with everything you god damn hater.

40. elpuser

Posts: 50; Member since: Nov 26, 2009

I will agree with you the UI on the iPhone is simple and clean, the little multiple screens on Android is overkill

50. luv_droids

Posts: 30; Member since: May 21, 2010

every body knows engaget is apple fanboy heaven, no phone is ever going to out do the iphone or i anything for that matter on that site. i remember a couple months ago right before the ipad came out they had to shut down the site because of apple fan boys starting an i-riot!

9. doublej1970

Posts: 28; Member since: Apr 16, 2010

Only some phones??? Apple is so trying to cover their assez it's a joke!!

6. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

watch their software update brick half the iphone 4's lol

7. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

@ajac09 android phones have been bricked by updates, iPhones never are. They just don't make calls

17. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Which Android phones were bricked during update????

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