An iPhone 4 Recall Will Hurt Apple More By Opening Additional Opportunity for Android Devices Than Increased Expenses

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Apple has had a hell of a time with what is arguably its most
important product release since the initial iPhone in 2007. The handsets
have been plagued with spotty screens, combustible USB ports, signal strength measurement inconsistencies, and the most damaging of the issues – an ill-conceived antenna design that
causes attenuation when held from the lower left had corner. Steve Jobs
did the Blankfein (Goldman Sachs CEO, stating that the Wall Street bank
was doing God’s work) imitation by opening his mouth when he shouldn’t
have and said that users were “hold the phone the wrong way”. Not only
that, but Consumer Reports just came out with a report stating that they can not recommend the buying of an iPhone until the antenna situation has been rectified, prompting speculation that Apple will be forced to recall millions of phones.

As a matter of fact, the review was rather poignant:

“If you want an iPhone that works well without a masking-tape fix, we continue to recommend an older model, the 3G S.”

Apple iPhone 4 antenna problem solution tape
One solution to the Apple iPhone 4’s antenna problem is to cover the lower left corner with tape.

As evidence of the danger of relying on “lifestyle” marketing (see An Introduction to How Apple Apple Will Compete With the Google/Android Onslaught)…

It is very easy to fall out of favor with the trendy crowd. While I
doubt very seriously that Apple is in danger of doing this anytime soon,
a massive recall will open the door for devices which are technically
much more capable, flexible and open than the iPhone, ex. the Android
powered HTC and Samsung devices. Basically, the danger to Apple here is
not the expense of a recall, but the loss of mindshare and potential
widening of the opening for some very capable competition – an opening
that did not have to be there!

Don’t believe me, click the link to the consumer reports article and peruse the comment section…

Posted by: John | Jul 13, 2010 11:40:28 AM

So, im suppose to BUY an iPHONE 4 that is CLEARLY DEFECTIVE and
spend another $30 to purchase a case for it? I have used so many cell
phones in the past 10 years and NEVER did had any problems with
signal/reception unless im in the subway tunnel. NOTE: These phones I
used are from Motorola/Samsung/Nokia and NEVER did had to purchase a
CASE or BUMPER to fix signal/reception issue. Also, prior to holding the
phone left/right handed NEVER had any issue. Signal/Reception is good.

Now, APPLE released iPhone 4 and he can’t even admit that it is
obviously a HARDWARE ISSUE, NOT SOFTWARE. Steve Jobs does not know
anything about phones. To say the things he said, he is making a MOCKERY
of the rest of the phone company that had a great contribution and
stellar reputation in the mobile phone business.

iPHONE 4 is a FAILURE! It has amazing screen resolution and other
nifty features, BUT can you hold the phone the NORMAL way WITHOUT a
case/bumper? I DO! Im using my DROID and I dont have a case/bumper for
it. I have FULL 4 BARS of signal/reception.

A cellphone is not a toy, it is used
for mobile communication. APPS/GAMES or SCREEN resolution should be the
LAST thing that a cellphone should be used for. To sell a consumer a
product knowing it is defective, should be reprimanded for FALSE
ADVERTISING. They should be taken to COURT the same way TOYOTA FAILED
to inform the PUBLIC regarding the incident pertaining to the gas pedal
getting stuck.

For Apple FANBOYS defending Steve
Jobs, WAKE UP! He clearly BLAMED YOU and EVERYONE else that YOU are
holding the phone wrong. Obviously HE DOESNT CARE if he could just
simply BLAME YOU for holding it wrong. The rest of his explanation is
pure BS! Unless you are a SHEEP and an IDIOT then go ahead and follow

It should be clear to all who peruse this space that this is a
significant potential threat to Apple’s largest revenue source. Even if
you don’t think it is a danger, Apple does, and as in the recent past, 
they are handling it in the wrong, George Orwellian-style, big brother
type wrong way…

Apple Censoring Discussions of Consumer Reports iPhone Review

Apple has been censoring discussions
of a Consumer Reports review that pans the Apple iPhone 4 due to
antenna reception issues, but the deleted threads are still visible on
the search engine

The iPhone 4 is the best smartphone Consumer Reports has tested, but the company refused to endorse the gadget due to antenna flaws — a fact Apple really doesn’t want you to know.

Apple is censoring discussions of the controversial review on its public message board, deleting as many as six threads on the topic. The censorship was uncovered by — the Unofficial Apple Weblog — based on a tip from a reader.

Though deleted from Apple’s website, the online conversations are nonetheless still available online, cached by the Bing search engine [of course, Microsoft found a way to cache this :0-)],
noted The deleted comments reflect the concerns of users and
prospective owners at an issue that has been dogging the iPhone for
weeks: persistent reception issues caused by holding the Apple phone at a
particular angle.

See the video here…

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