Samsung counters Apple's claims on smartphones
Samsung Electronics of South Korea dismissed on Tuesday claims by Apple that all smartphones experience weak signals when held in a certain way.
Chief executive of Apple Steve Jobs said last Friday during the iPhone 4 press conference that other smartphones have similar antenna problems. This is to save the iPhone 4 from mor criticisms.
Jobs mentioned the devices from Samsung, Canada’s Research in Motion that makes the Blackberry and Taiwan’s HTC, to show the iPhone is not the only smartphone with the problem.
"Based on years of experience of designing high-quality phones, Samsung mobile phones employ an internal antenna design technology that optimises reception quality for any type of hand-grip use," Samsung said in a statement.
Samsung officials was quick to react stating that there had been no major customer complaints regarding the reception of the firm’s Omnia II smartphone, which was said by Apple.
There have been complaints from iPhone 4 users that they lose reception when covering the lower left corner of the phone — whose unusual antenna wraps completely around the device . Earlier, it has been referred to as the "death grip."
Jobsadmitted that the iPhone 4 drops slightly more calls than the iPhone 3GS, however he said the issue had been overstated and was not something new to the iPhone 4.
Now, other cellphone manufacturers answers back
"Apple’s attempt to draw RIM into Apple’s self-made debacle is unacceptable," Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, the co-chief executives of Research in Motion, said in a statement Monday.
Meanwhile Apple has created an online page on "smartphone antenna performance" at Apple.com/antenna that reveals the tests with RIM’s Blackberry Bold 9700, the HTC Droid Eris from HTC and the Samsung Omnia II.
Apple has vowed to provide iPhone 4 users with a free handset case to ease the reception problem.