I’ve had the iPhone 4 just about a week now. I’m going to post a full review on TechCrunch, hopefully tomorrow. But I wanted to jot down a couple quick things I’ve noticed about the antenna issue here.
It is definitely real (at least in the phone I have).
It is definitely only in the lower left corner (the right corner does nothing to degrade the signal).
At first I thought it might just be that the bars were dropping but the connection was fine. But after some fairly in-depth testing today, that’s not the case. Calls will drop, data will stop.
After reading all of the reviews of the iPhone 4, the major takeaways:
All agree it’s the best smartphone ever.
All agree that FaceTime is awesome.
The consensus on the battery life ranges from much improved to hugely improved.
The thing seems to be indestructible.
The last point is rather humorous. At least 2 of the 5 reviews (WSJ and Boing Boing) brutally rip apart AT&T. The others have nothing nice to say.
I’m seriously starting to wonder if it’s not in AT&T’s best interest to move on from iPhone exclusivity. It’s gotten to the point now where it’s not at all odd to see major publications take a shit on their brand in a high-profile review.
After reading all the complaints for the past 3 years, I can’t believe anyone would actually sign up for AT&T unless they were doing so just so they could get an iPhone. AT&T’s inability to handle the device has poisoned the entire well.
As soon as the exclusivity ends and people start jumping ship to the other carriers, I bet AT&T sees a major upswing in network reliability. For three years now they’ve proven that they can’t (or won’t) take the steps to fix the network. So the only option is to have the users fix it for them — by leaving, and reducing the strain.
But it may not matter at that point.
When the iPhone exclusivity ends — and it will end — they’re going to be left with one of the most destroyed brand names in history at this rate.
Naturally, AT&T doesn’t want to lose paying customers (and the new ones that will sign up thanks to the new iPhone), but they may be selling off the future to reap the rewards in the present.
See the rock? See the hard place? That’s AT&T smack dab in the middle. Feel free to take a shit on them. Everyone else is.
One vocal and visible critic of AT&T service, TechCrunch blogger MG Siegler, thinks acknowledging holes in service and outreach might be able to quell at least some backlash for the brand. “It’s enough for a certain percentage of people,” he said. “A lot of people complain about Comcast, but when they get someone person-to-person reaching out, a lot of people feel better, even if it doesn’t actually serve long-term problems.”
In other words, trick people into thinking your service doesn’t suck.
question for you, good sir: what is happening with the ipod touch, and will facetime work with ichat? or is iphone4 to iphone4 only for now?
Seeing as it’s WiFi-only for the time being, I would bet that yes, FaceTime will eventually work with the iPod touch. Of course, that iPod touch needs a front-facing camera first — or really, any camera. But I’d bet we may see something along those lines in September or so.
If an iPhone user is within range of their Micro-Cell, wouldn't they be 99% likely to be in range of their home wifi connection? I don't actually have an iPhone but this seems like a bit of a non-issue to me. I guess maybe you have to tell your phone to connect every time you go home and that could be a pain, but maybe AT&T prefers to encourage people to do this rather than figure out a way to track what data comes from where.
The problem is that you can’t make cellular calls over WiFi — so the phone part of the phone still wouldn’t work. The MicroCell basically converts your broadband into a cellular network so you can make the call.
“Sprint suggests that you turn the 4G feature on and off as needed throughout the day to save juice — but that’s rearranging crackers on plates on deck chairs on the Titanic.”—David Pogue on the EVO’s battery life
Actually, make that “short car rides,” “brief movie shoots” and “afternoon camping trips,” because this feature eats through a full battery charge in as little as one hour.
All of this fine print would probably take at least some of the wind out of any Evo devotee’s sails. But the big letdown is battery life.
If you charge this phone all night long, then leave the house at 8 a.m., you’ll find its battery charge at 50 percent by early afternoon, even if you don’t make a single call or send a single e-mail message. By quitting time, or dinner time if you’re lucky, it’s completely dead. On this phone, the battery gauge practically shrivels as you’re looking at it.
Android fanboys, quick, attack! Pogue’s a month late to the party, but saying the same thing everyone else is. Clearly, he’s mistaken. Best. Phone. Ever.
Now that DF has achieved a modicum of popularity, however, what I tend to get instead aren’t queries or complaints about the lack of comments, but rather demands that I add them — demands from entitled people who see that I’ve built something very nice that draws much attention, and who believe they have a right to share in it.
I love this. My view on comments has certainly changed over the years. I feel like I used to be suspicious of any site that didn’t have them. But now I don’t have them on this very site.
I suppose my time at TechCrunch (and VentureBeat before that) changed my opinion. I came to realize that the vast majority of comments on popular sites are useless — or worse.
Like Gruber, I much prefer when people use their own sites to respond to something. That small barrier to entry seems to ensure that the quality of the discussion will be higher.
There are exceptions, of course, but they’re few and far between. And I feel like the comment problem on the Internet is getting worse, not better.
And yes, I’ve tried all the various third-party commenting platforms. Some work really well. But the fundamental problem remains that most people on the Internet are idiots — especially when they can be anonymous in some way.
Despite entering their username and password, the AT&T system would take them to another user account.
If this is true, alongside the colossal fuck-up that has been the iPhone 4 pre-order, and given the recent iPad info leak incident, and given that, you know, AT&T just doesn’t work most of the time, Apple seriously needs to rip-up the exclusivity agreement and move its device to other carriers ASAP.
AT&T is far too big of a liability in just about every regard now. Apple is a company that prides itself on customer experience — and yet they’ve tethered themselves indefinitely to a company that is perhaps the biggest customer nightmare of all time.
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