Nokia on How to Hold a Smartphone

Nokia (NYSE: NOK  ) has always considered itself the leader in cell phones, and it's also taken stances in the past against Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL  ) and things that it's said or done. In a more subtle stab at Apple, the people at Nokia have written a blog on how users can hold their Nokia phones.

There is no mention of the name Apple or the product the iPhone, but this ending line probably sums up the sentiment of the entire blog post quite well:

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?

That statement alone pretty clearly indicates what issue the blog is trying to address, and which product they are specifically referring to.

For those who are not familiar, there have been multiple reports of the iPhone 4 losing signal when held a certain way because it has an external antenna, and when one holds it a specific way, it can cause a short of the antenna to the point where people completely lose the signal.

We first noticed this issue when this video rolled across our screens.

As you can see, this issue appears to be fairly critical and has been discussed widely across the Web by many tech sites. Even Steve Jobs has gotten involved in the issue, stating that consumers should "Just avoid holding it in that way." When we first heard such a statement, nobody we talked to could justifiably agree with such a ridiculous statement and just figured that many would end up just buying cases for their phones to prevent this issue.

Even though this is true, Nokia has decided to bring it upon itself as the biggest cell phone manufacturer in the world to make it known that its devices do not have this issue, and that there is a clear design flaw in Apple's device. At the end of the day, Nokia manufactures more than 110 million smartphones and more than 440 million phones every year, compared to Apple's annual figure of 35 million.

Nevertheless, we hope that Apple actually addresses this issue, because it is a clear design flaw, and simply telling customers that they cannot hold their phone a certain way is ridiculous. Even the hardest Apple fanboy would agree. Perhaps Apple will be an even further boon to the accessories market, further increasing demand for iPhone accessories worldwide? We just are glad phones used by Bright Side of News* -- such as Research In Motion's (Nasdaq: RIMM  ) Blackberry Bold, Nokia N900, even previous generation iPhones -- don't do the same thing, because we like holding our phones any which way possible.

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  • Report this Comment On June 29, 2010, at 10:57 AM, micklos wrote:

    Nokia published instructions that tell users to avoid holding its phones in a way that might block the antenna.

    http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/10/06/28/nokia_pokes_at...

  • Report this Comment On June 29, 2010, at 11:02 AM, PhulishMortal wrote:

    "Nevertheless, we hope that Apple actually addresses this issue because it is a clear design flaw, and simply telling customers that they cannot hold their phone a certain way is ridiculous. Even the hardest Apple fanboy would agree."

    You must not know many Apple fanboys.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2010, at 5:47 PM, miidgeet wrote:

    I think there is a reason why they are trying to reinvent antenna technology. One of the Nokia lawsuits was all about antenna IPRs http://bit.ly/aZpx5I Late entrant on the market usually has to pay a license for the inventions that enable the business. It is going to be expensive...

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