PC World has some sharp criticism regarding Apple’s Antennagate Apologia.
In particular, the article focuses on Apple’s argument that “all smartphones have this problem.” While the article recognizes that all smartphones may have certain “spots” on them that, if touched, will cause some signal impedance, the problem with the iPhone 4 is where that “spot” lies:
“The same applies to the other smartphones Jobs mentioned: On the BlackBerry Bold 9700, for example, the internal antenna is located toward the bottom-center of the phone’s back side. As CIO’s Al Sacco demonstrates, you’d have to intentionally hold the phone in an odd and awkward manner in order to cover this spot and achieve any signal-dropping effect.”
“The iPhone 4, in contrast, has its antenna on the outside, in a place where lots of people put their fingers. That’s the difference — and that’s the key piece of information Steve Jobs neglected to mention when trying to defend his phone by bashing others. It’s easy to see why Jobs omitted this information; its very presence makes his argument invalid.”
PC World concludes, as we have here for weeks — this was a conscious decision by Apple to emphasize form at the expense of function:
“The reality here is simple: Jobs and his team chose design over function when creating the iPhone 4. No amount of misleading comparisons or flowery adjectives can mask that. (One of my favorite remarks from Friday’s Apple presentation: “We went to a lot of trouble to put this really beautiful line in the stainless steel” — referring to the line that, when touched, causes your call to drop.)”
If you own an iPhone 4, and are interested in participating in our lawsuit against Apple and AT&T, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you.