Jobs gives RIM a dirty job that RIM doesn’t take kindly to. I think… [RIM gives Apple frowny face] -Updated

  • July 17, 2010 8:41 am

Well, it happened, someone is mad at Apple! Go figure… After the short notice press conference yesterday morning in Cupertino, we have some backlash. If anyone watched the video, or followed the coverage via this or any tech blog, you might have noticed the pictures of ‘death grips’ on many a smartphone. This is all well, as I will agree with Mr. Jobs, if you completely encase a phone in hands made of bricks, it will lose reception, not the point though. Apple is trying to deflect it’s design fubar onto other phone makers so it doesn’t make them look like bags of douche.

RIM has released a statement in response to yesterday’s conference which I have included after the break…

Apple’s attempt to draw RIM into Apple’s self-made debacle is unacceptable. Apple’s claims about RIM products appear to be deliberate attempts to distort the public’s understanding of an antenna design issue and to deflect attention from Apple’s difficult situation. RIM is a global leader in antenna design and has been successfully designing industry-leading wireless data products with efficient and effective radio performance for over 20 years. During that time, RIM has avoided designs like the one Apple used in the iPhone 4 and instead has used innovative designs which reduce the risk for dropped calls, especially in areas of lower coverage. One thing is for certain, RIM’s customers don’t need to use a case for their BlackBerry smartphone to maintain proper connectivity. Apple clearly made certain design decisions and it should take responsibility for these decisions rather than trying to draw RIM and others into a situation that relates specifically to Apple.

- Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie

This was also released from Nokia, which I missed when posting this

As we’ve all seen, Apple had mentioned Nokia in their press conference today regarding the iPhone4. I wanted to take a moment and send you a statement regarding Nokia’s own antenna design and function.
Antenna design is a complex subject and has been a core competence at Nokia for decades, across hundreds of phone models. Nokia was the pioneer in internal antennas; the Nokia 8810, launched in 1998, was the first commercial phone with this feature.

Nokia has invested thousands of man hours in studying human behavior, including how people hold their phones for calls, music playing, web browsing and so on. As you would expect from a company focused on connecting people, we prioritize antenna performance over physical design if they are ever in conflict.

In general, antenna performance of a mobile device/phone may be affected with a tight grip, depending on how the device is held. That’s why Nokia designs our phones to ensure acceptable performance in all real life cases, for example when the phone is held in either hand. Nokia has invested thousands of man hours in studying how people hold their phones and allows for this in designs, for example by having antennas both at the top and bottom of the phone and by careful selection of materials and their use in the mechanical design.

You think everyone else is going to lash out at Apple because of their “every phone has a death grip spot?” Or will RIM be the one and only… Well, minus the number of people mad because they can’t complete the Apple Care call because they are holding their phones while placing that said call. -Which is why it is only 0.55% in the first place, no one can finish the damn hold time to tell someone about it.



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