Apple responds to Nokia’s antenna claims by putting N97 Mini on ‘Antennagate’ webpage

Apple's proof that Nokia N97 mini has antenna attenuation problems

Apple's proof that Nokia N97 mini has antenna attenuation problems And the iPhone 4 “antennagateback-and-forth between Apple and competing smartphone makers keeps heating up – this time, it’s Apple that’s shooting a shot across Nokia’s bow. In a seemingly tongue-in-cheek response to Nokia’s claim that they have more experience in making smartphones and have prioritized antenna performance over design for years, Apple has posted pictorial and video evidence of the Nokia N97 Mini exhibiting signal reception attenuation problems when held in a particular fashion. The new addition to the antennagate website is aimed at showing the consuming public that the iPhone 4 antenna reception issues (the “Death Grip,” if you will) is not limited to Steve Jobs’ new smartphone.

Apple initially put up their apple.com/antenna website as proof that other smartphones suffered attenuation issues. The website’s original cast only included the BlackBerry Bold 9700, Droid Eris, Samsung Omnia II and the iPhone 3GS. But, with Nokia not so subtly trying to use the iPhone 4’s problems to its benefit, Apple apparently decided to show the world that the Finns have had “Death Grip” issues of their own.

We can just imagine iPhone PR team responding to Nokia’s antenna claims:

PR team: How do we respond to Nokia’s subtle dig about how they have the experience and know-how to make antennas that don’t suck?
Jobs: Just put their little N97 mini on blast in our antennagate webpage and those damn bloggers will do the rest for us.

You’re welcome, Steve.

The video below shows the N97 Mini losing signal when the antenna is covered by the palm of a hand.

  • matthewdlyons

    Since when did Apple's stance become, "Hey, look! We are no more, and no less, shitty than all the other products on the market. See." I still would have been more impressed with a mea culpa and a pledge to fix the problem because Apple loves its customers so much. Instead, you deflection and finger pointing.

    Apple needs to take a cue from Motorola and Verizon. A very small number of complaints about screen issue with the Droid X came in, and they immediately took responsibility and offered replacement.

    • Alvin

      Matthew, in case you didn't hear, the position of General in the bitching Army has been filled.
      I guess you didn't know that Apple has said that anyone can return their iphone within 30 days for a full refund. I guess Apple is not taking responsibility now are they? How about giving everyone their choice of a case to the tune of $175,000,000. When any of these other phones can sell over 8,000,000 units in 4 months, and have no problems then I will listen to you and all of the other idiots who probably have never owned an iphone.

      • Charbz

        Owned one. Gave it away. Worst "smart"phone I've ever owned.

        Taking responsibility means a recall and redesign. Don't make excuses for them. They screwed up and that's that.

        A band-aid isn't good enough – although for fanboys, which you appear to be, a band-aid might be enough to shut you the hell up.

      • Drew

        Another of the many myopic Apple fanboys…. Apple screws up, loyalists and apologists turn the other way. One does not need to own a closed-platform, underfeatured device to give one's opinion of what good customer service is and what b*llsh!t arrogance and bravado is. How is it that every argument with any Apple apologist have to contain how many units are sold?? What does that have to do with , your product is broken, please fix it?? And now the white iPhone 4's are being pushed back indefinitely. Any idea why?? Oh, I can give a couple… One being that they're fixing their antenna under the guise of it being more difficult to manufacture. Are you kidding me?? LMFAO!! The thing I'm certainly glad of is that I'm not as dumb as you (Apple loyalists) look… Keep lying to yourselves.

  • hannonks

    I own an N97 Mini and cannot recreate what the video does no matter how I hold the phone. Apple must be doing something else to try to make Nokia look bad so it can look better. Heckuva public relations campaign.

    • Alvin

      I have an iphone4 and I cannot reproduce the problem either no matter how I hold it. I guess you so
      mis-informed that no one bother to tell you that this problem effects less than 1% of the iphone 4's that were sold.

  • iFail… Yes you do.

    Terrible "below the belt" move for Apple… especially since the N97 Mini doesn't LOSE SERVICE like the iFail. Yeah, maybe a few bars drop, but how can you believe Apple didn't some-how set this up with all of the other lies they've created about their P.O.S. device. Crapple is the next Nazi Germany… ["We don't hate the J**s, we want to protect them all by killing them."]

  • Oposum

    no way you ever would hold the phone the way they do this to call someone (with the n97). they compare incomparable.

  • Tochi Nwaa

    Oh Apple, what a joke you've become

    How much lower will you stoop, you used to be the good guys. We rooted for you when Bill and co were riding roughshod over the turf. So this is what you are like ? May your fall be as great as your rise.

    May you be covered in eternal SHAME !

  • Melissa

    In spite of all this, i can't really blame Steve Jobs for trying to make a living by selling products. Much like shitty celebrities, shitty companies thrive on consumer ignorance. In spite of all this and Apple treating their consumers like a bunch of dumb sheep with their "You can return your phone if you want or get a FREE CASE! but only because YOU feel like it, not because we f**ked up and are sorry for the inconvenience and the money you spent on us.."

    So yeah, Apple is only doing what it can to cover it's ass imho, albiet shamefully and rather ungracefully. I blame the people who continue to be ignorant and arrogant about the issue 😛

  • Melissa

    In spite of all this, i can't really blame Steve Jobs for trying to make a living by selling products. Much like shitty celebrities, shitty companies thrive on consumer ignorance. In spite of all this and Apple treating their consumers like a bunch of dumb sheep with their "You can return your phone if you want or get a FREE CASE! but only because YOU feel like it, not because we f**ked up and are sorry for the inconvenience and the money you spent on us.."

  • BorisManz

    People… Long story short, Since apple advertised their new antenna design then it was very easy to find exactly where the flaw is !!! If Blackberry, Samsung, Nokia, etc… were to advertise on a new product "look at our new antenna design, this is where it is" then everybody would look for the flaw in connectivity as well! It is clear that ALL mobile device's have signal issues when the location of the antenna is gripped a certain way and covered by the palm of your hand. The only difference is, 1. its an iPhone. 2. Average consumers actually know where to grip because of the advertising. If apple were to never make mention of their new antenna and say that this is just part of the design, this issue wouldn't even exist right now.

  • steelpaper

    Yes the Nokia N97 mini loses a few bars when you grip it like that, but does it drop out when you are on a call?
    Probably not and this is where Apple has an issue.
    Their PR is excellent, they've taken everyones attention off calls dropping out and placed the emphasis on losing bars and that every smartphone does it

  • Drew

    Wow, it looks like moderators of this forum really like their Apple products. Most of the posts (mostly anti-Apple) had a negative downranking before I voted them up and for some reason, my post wasn't published. What are you afraid of?? I certainly didn't any more profanity than anyone else in their posts. Real nice… This must be true as I see no one has recanted their review of the phone.

  • tecfre

    I think you guys need to notice. There just two bars of battery left on Nokia N97 min. This does mean that Nokia N97 mini was actually running on Power Saver Mode. May be they dropped the battery to 1 bar and then just charged it little to bring the second bar up.

    If you notice all the other phone , they all have full charge.

    Nokia phone provide extra power to antenna if the signal is low. This seems all a setup by Apple, Why they didnt show this with Full Battery Power .

    Apple are just making the environment which is highly unlikely in a normal usage. This tactic is actually proving quite negative for them.

  • Colm

    I own a nokia n97mini and can confirm that what apple is saying is 100% true.

    I have just sent my phone back, after months of being driven to frustration with poor reception, dropping calls and phone freezes requiring a battery to be taken out, and this was tried on 2 seperate sims and with all the latest software updates.

    I also own a nokia e51, and where I have full coverage and can make an hour long phone call with the e51, my n97mini will have less than half coverage and will drop the call.

    I have also used the nokia 5800 and this phone is excellent by comparison, much faster (although the ‘specs’ say it isn’t), has as good reception as my e51 and does not drop calls.

    Shame on nokia for the 97 mini, a truly shocking product in every way.

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