A lot of water has passed under the bridge since the iPhone 4 was launched about six weeks ago. The ‘antennagate’, the free bumper cases, the bust-ups with RIM’s Blackberry and Motorola Droid; makes you think that perhaps the iPhone 4 has been in the news for the wrong reasons more often than not. But undoubtedly it is still the best smartphone around – which is what users say after six weeks of living with it.
The best part is that despite all the hoopla about the ‘death grip’ and the ensuing signal loss, users say that the device actually drops fewer calls than the iPhone 3GS. But at the same time in areas of weaker coverage, the iPhone 4 sometimes showed no service at all, while the 3GS would still give you a little something to work with.
Real world usage has also revealed that the severity of the attenuation issue (actual term for the death grip) actually depends on a variety of factors such as your location, signal congestion, and general coverage.
The iPhone 4 also drops more calls when you are on the move, say in car. It is quite clear that the phone does not take too kindly to shifting between superior and poor coverage areas, which is what happens when you are driving down an open road.
One more reason behind the various call issues with the iPhone is the fact that AT&T’s network is now as stressed as it can probably handle without collapsing. There has been a 5000% data traffic spike since the first iPhone was launched in 2007. Surely, there has got to be some negatives to this! And indeed, it’s voice and video calls which suffer the most.
But what makes iPhone 4 the most coveted smartphone, for users, is the ultra-high resolution screen, great battery life, intelligent interface, slim design and of course, the access to a whopping 225,000 third party apps.
Coming back to the death grip problem: Most of the users say that touching antenna seam on the side of the phone body while making a call results in the number of signal bars on display ‘fluctuate’ (reduce or even increase sometimes).
The general consensus is that calls do not get dropped every time you hold the phone in this dreaded ‘death grip’. Some users have even said that the call quality is not affected by the number of bars on display reducing.
So, the bottom line is: unless you live in an area with poor AT&T reception, this is the smart phone for you.