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The iPhone 4 thread

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Lee L, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. jsmuga

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    I am not experiencing the issue, I have tried to recreate it holding the phone and on phone calls. In fact I am finding I am not dropping calls in the areas where I had problems before with my iphone 3gs.
     
  2. BubblePuppy

    BubblePuppy Good night dear Smoke... love you & "got your butt

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    The issue may be a combination of signal strength and hand position.
     
  3. flexoffset

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    This explains the antenna signal loss.
    Executive summary: Blame the FCC.

    http://www.antennasys.com/antennasys-blog/2010/6/24/apple-iphone-4-antennas.html

     
  4. Chris Blount

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  5. Grentz

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    Sorry, still gonna blame Apple. They designed the phone, they built the phone, they tested the phone, they are responsible for the phone. Testing from the FCC, AT&T, etc. is all about compliance, not perfecting the design. Apple should have seen this in their testing.

    My guess? Remember how the iPhone 4 prototypes were in cases to disguise them as older iPhones? Ya, I will let you make the connection there :lol:

    Luckily mine seems to not do it much (guess we have strong signals around here) and I will be getting a case anyways.
     
  6. BubblePuppy

    BubblePuppy Good night dear Smoke... love you & "got your butt

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    That was my guess. Didn't the first iphone have connection problems? But having to buy a case to solve a design issue is a bad approach by Apple.
     
  7. Lee L

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    There is some possiblity that there is supposed to be a protective coating on the steel that was left off or applied ineffectively on some phones. I honestly can't remember which tech site I read this at, maybe www.TUAW.com . If that is the case, maybe there is hope for a recall at some point, but I am not holding my breath.

    Also, I notice that even though I hold the phone with my left hand, I do hold the phone is a way that keeps this from happening on calls, but when I hold it landscape for web browsing or some games, I tend to do it more.

    I am also getting sick about reading that this is somehow affecting only left handed people or it is somehow a slight against "lefties" I am right handed and I hold the phone with my left hand. It seems most people hold the phone with their opposite hand becuse you have to dial with you good hand, then pick the phone up to your ear with the hand that already has it in it. This also dates back to old school wired phones as you had to dial on a wholly seperate thing from the handset so you usually already had the handset to your ear with your "off" hand. So, really it would see to affect right handed people more.





    Now as far as everything else. This phone is freaking awesome. It works so much better than my old 3g and makes it look and feel like childs toy by comparison. (though I realize some don't care that much for the new design, I liked it from the beginning). The battery life is just unbeleiveable.

    Now, on the other hand, I have realized that something was seriously wrong with the software install on my 3G. It was having horrible battery life and some apps were crashing quite a bit, which I just attributed to it being not as powerful as the 3GS, which most app designers probably were shooting for as a target. I also had some super long sync times going, sometimes taking 3 hours to back up, before the actual sync sould start, which proceeded normally. I had recently gotten a new (reman) phone from Apple due to dust under the screen but I did a standard restore from backup. Even though it was backed up, I still lost settings on a fair amount of apps (possibly due to corrupted backups) and I just figured now was as good a time as ever to just start over (which I was already thinking of doing if I did not get the iPhone 4.)

    Now, some apps that were very problematic are now fine and it runs so much better. I am sure that much of that is due to the more powerful phone as you can see little interstitial pauses in games or othe rapps where something is loading now take maybe a second where they used to take maybe 3, but apps like Linkedin which I just could not use on a real basis due to slowdowns (like loading contacts took 30 plus seconds and searching was a no go due to lag on each button press) now work instantly (I mean literally the first time I put my login info and went to my contacts in Linkedin, it instantly went to a fully populated screen. That is not just a processor improvement.)



    So, I would wholeheartedly recommend the iPhone4 to anyone, but if you are on the fence waiting out a contract period and your phone is killing you, a complete restore from new should help you a ton also.
     
  8. raott

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    Chris - is your phone in a case and does it completely solve the issue. I'm still considering getting my wife one and purchasing the case.
     
  9. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    Well....

    I missed UPS yesterday.

    But someone will be home all day today. :)
     
  10. Chris Blount

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    Yes. It completely resolves the issue. I have my phone in a silicon case purchased at Best Buy for $15.
     
  11. raott

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    Great, thanks.

    Is it the Rocketfish one?
     
  12. Greg Alsobrook

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    My iPhone is having some weird signal issues going on. I have a tower within a couple hundred yards of my house. I can see it standing outside. Needless to say, I've always had full signal in my house. My iPhone 4 will show zero bars, even sitting on the table in front of me. I was also standing out in my driveway earlier holding the phone with zero bars. My issue isn't exactly like the others being reported. Me holding the phone seems to have no baring on the signal (or lack thereof). I do have a bumper on the phone. On the bright side, it doesn't seem to impact call quality or ability.
     
  13. BubblePuppy

    BubblePuppy Good night dear Smoke... love you & "got your butt

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    http://www.tipb.com/2010/06/25/iphone-4-swapped-volume-buttons/
    If it isn't one thing it's another.
    Reminds me of my wife's VW BEETLE we bought about a month ago, the passenger side door lock toggle raised and lowered the window and the window button locked the door. Lol
    That was a easy fix, but it was weird.
     
  14. Chris Blount

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    Yes but I wouldn't recommend it if you take a lot of flash pictures. When I take a flash picture, the cover interferes with the light coming out and washes out the picture. I need to take the cover off to take a flash photo.

    I will probabaly look around for another cover to resolve this issue but for now it works fine for keeping the phone protected.
     
  15. HDJulie

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    I got my phone today. The Best Buy is next to the pet store so while I was in the area I decided to drop in to check on the remaining preorders. They had just tried to call my home phone (yes, I still have one of those) to say that they had one phone available. My husband selflessly said for me to take it :). While I was at Best Buy I bought a cheap Rocketfish case to keep it in until more cases come out. All I've done so far is make a call to my husband. Here at home we have sketchy 3G service but I am showing full bars & 3G. I have not yet tried to make a call from home (I was in the pet store when I called my husband). I am currently restoring my old phone & then will sync my new one. The new phone fits perfectly in the old Kensington charger.
     
  16. Chris Blount

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    Great to hear you got your phone! No more wait for you. :)
     
  17. Grentz

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  18. BubblePuppy

    BubblePuppy Good night dear Smoke... love you & "got your butt

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  19. dennisj00

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    After 24+ hours, we're still pleased. The only problem I've had is I had to deactivate / reactivate my microcell to get my phone to use it. The wife's jumped on it as soon as it activated but mine refused. Tried rebooting both the phone and the microcell a couple of times.

    I couldn't remove my number from the microcell list because it was the main number.

    The screen is great - much easier to read finer print. Faceview will be an extreme hit- in many ways!

    Several apps didn't work or hung up . . but they're being updated quickly.

    The folders are great for grouping like apps, but there's still no file structure to move things around. iBooks is supposed to read PDFs but I haven't figured out how to get a pdf into the library.

    Haven't spent a lot of time with the camera / video but both are an improvement.

    And they only delivered about 1,000,000 the first day.
     
  20. mhendrixsr

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    Decided to upgrade my 3g this year but dreaded the whole process after witnessing the pre-order debacle. After deciding I'd wait until the frenzy had subsided, I backslid and dropped by my local BB the evening of pre-order day. Finding the wireless dept pretty much empty I went ahead and put $50 down on a pre-order... with low expectations for seeing a phone. Surprisingly, BB called me 6/23, saying they were taking morning appointments for launch day. I made an appointment for 9:30AM on Thursday, fully expecting to get caught up in the activation mess. However, when I went to BB about 9:15AM Thursday, again, the wireless dept was pretty empty and the iPhone4 was promptly available. I left the store about 20 minutes later with a fully activated iPhone4. Overall, a very simple process for me... probably due to not living in a bigger city. As far as the phone experience, it's probably too early to tell. I'm not a heavy data and/or phone user but so far have not noticed most of the problems reported. I purchased Belkin's version of the bumper case w/the phone so haven't noticed the signal strength problem. I am disappointed that Apple couldn't include 5GHz wi-fi "n" on the phone as I've noticed that my iPad is a lot faster on my home network. So far, so good... time will tell the rest of the story.
     

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