When I hold the Nokia phone, service drops off…

With the release of the iPhone 4, the web is abuzz with people talking about how it’s the phone which “doesn’t work” or the one with the “antenna problems”. At the moment I’ve seen about 8 iPhone 4s (though I do not own one yet) and none of the owners have described the problem as a problem. One, yesterday, stated that the new iPhone 4 antenna is sensitive enough to receive a 3G signal at his house where the iPhone 3GS never received that signal.

Apple reckons the issue is software related and I am inclined to agree – a misrepresentation of the signal strength would be misleading as would a software algorithm which would choose a very weak 3G signal over a strong 2G signal.

Anyway – this is immaterial though Nokia, in their wisdom, decided to poke fun at Apple in their official blog with a “How do you hold your Nokia?” posting.

Of course, feel free to ignore all of the above because realistically, you’re free to hold your Nokia device any way you like. And you won’t suffer any signal loss. Cool, huh?

Except that isn’t true.

Nokia don’t have the same excuses as Apple. They’ve been in the mobile business since the start. They hold buckets of patents on antenna design and spout endlessly about their innovation and expertise. But this video shows the truth:

Which is why Nokia needs to shut up and get some class. I could do a much better job at managing the Nokia product and developer strategy than anyone they evidently have working for them and they’re wasting their advantages.

They need to stop pre-announcing stuff which is years away. They need to settle on one strategy rather than stopping and starting. They just killed Maemo and orphaned the 770, the N800, the N810 and the N900 (described as developer devices for technology enthusiasts).

Here’s a hint, Nokia, developers buy your devices with their own money and when you orphan them it means they’re pissed at you.

They need to bring out some decent hardware and a single instance of a consumer-ready device with forward-looking software.

Here’s a hint, Nokia, stop pushing Symbian as a modern OS. Keep it for the low end. And stop talking about absolute mobile market share. No-one cares about the S40 low end. No-one.

They need to stop re-organising and worrying about administrivia and hiring figureheads and start making things that people can love again. With a company this size, you’ve got the resources to remake mobile in your image.

Here’s a hint, Nokia, settle the lawsuits amicably, get them off the table and start making great products. Stop poking fun when you’ve obviously got your own manufacturing issues. It’s making you look weak and stupid.

0 thoughts on “When I hold the Nokia phone, service drops off…”

  1. >>>They just killed Maemo and orphaned the 770, the N800, the N810 and the N900 (described as developer devices for technology enthusiasts).

    I missed the news about this. They should have taken to heart my stabbing of the craptastic N770 and stopped right then and there.

    I repeat what I’ve always said: Nokia didn’t win because they were good. They won because their competitors were so much worse!

    Now all of their new competitors *are* good.

  2. One instance does not a problem make, I’m more inclined to believe your E71 is broken than an antenna design issue.

    But as a scientific exercise, what frequency does your micro-cell operate on?
    Does your E71 fail in the ‘real’ world like it does near the micro-cell?
    Does the E71 fail at the exact same distance from the micro-cell,
    or the same angle?
    Does any other 3G mobile fail using your micro-cell?

    Just like in the iPhone, the frequency of the 3G, the ability to switch to different antennas or from 3G to GSM/GPRS bands and cell-towers are all factors.
    Do the micro-cell and the local tower conflict?

    You have mostly ask more questions than answered any.

  3. Except that a little research reveals more Youtube videos mentioning the E71 (multiple times), the E51 and others.


    and this one is special:

    and there are YT videos describing no issues with the iPhone 4.

    The problem I have is not with the hardware. Hardware can have issues. The problem I see is with Nokia poking fun. They have nothing to crow about. It just looks like sour grapes.

    So, one instance? Do a little research.

  4. I think that the iphone and other Mac devices will suffer the death-grip of DRM, they are certainly not failing because of their design or the functionality, they are certainly winnning the PR stunt. Apples misguided need for control will kill their market.

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