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Nokia Takes A Jab At iPhone 4 With "How Do You Hold Your Nokia?" Blog Post

June 28, 2010

The iPhone 4's reception woes have been the talk of the tech world ever since the über popular device started landing in consumers' hands.  It apparently hasn't had any effect on sales of the device, but it has drawn the attention of one of Apple's competitors. Nokia has decided to take advantage of this unique opportunity by publishing a somewhat lengthy and cheeky "How do you hold your Nokia?" article on its official blog.  The article outlines four ways that you can hold your Nokia phones -- thumb and finger, the cup, the balance and the four edge grip -- all without having any signal degradation.  But Nokia says you don't have to hold your device only in the ways they tell you to, you are actually:
" to hold your Nokia device any way you like.  And you won't suffer any signal loss.  Cool, huh?"
Nokia also took the opportunity to make it clear that their phones are intended to... you guessed it, make phone calls:
"The key function on any Nokia device is its ability to make phone calls. After all, that’s why we know them universally as mobile phones (or smart phones, feature phones or mobile computers – though the same grip styles work for those, too). One of the main things we’ve found about the 1 billion plus Nokia devices that are in use today is that when making a phone call, people generally tend to hold their phone like a…. well, like a phone. Providing a wide range of methods and grips for people to hold their phones, without interfering with the antennae, has been an essential feature of every device Nokia has built."
Not once does the company mention Apple or the iPhone 4, however. As Steve Jobs has stated before, Apple's iPhone 4 isn't the only phone in the history of these devices that has sensitive areas where touching or covering could result in signal loss. Some of Nokia's own phones, the E51 for example, have had some of the same problems.  Here is an excerpt from the E51's manual:
Your device may have internal and external antennas. As with any radio transmitting device, avoid touching the antenna area unnecessarily while the antenna is transmitting or receiving.
But who is to say Nokia can't have fun at the expense of the iPhone 4 just because some of their devices have the same problems?  Honestly, it's a fairly amusing read and should help pass the time as you wait for a fix from Apple or an official announcement from Steve himself saying that this whole antenna issue was just a big hoax that was meant to test your commitment to the company.  According to today's sales figures, if that's the case, I think we all passed the commitment test. [via Mashable]

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