Apple may have sold
over 1.7 million iPhone 4's during its initial launch, but that
doesn't mean everyone is satisfied. Over the past week, there have
reports popping up regarding reception problems with the iPhone 4
when held left-handed.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs boldly proclaimed
"Just avoid holding it that way" in an email when a new
iPhone 4 customer inquired about how to resolve the problem.
Nokia is now getting in on the action
with a posting
on its official blog, Nokia Conversations. Nokia points
out that its users have a number of ways of holding their phones, and
points out four of the most popular: Thumb and Finger, The Cup, The
Balance, and The Four-edge Grip.
The Cup is the method that has been
nicknamed the "Death Grip" by owners of the iPhone 4 which
is the root of the reception problems. Nokia describes that it is
"Popular with smaller devices, and typically comfortable for
longer phone calls, the cup basically enables you to cup the phone
with your whole hand.
"This might result in much of the
phone’s edges being covered and the back of the device sitting
snugly in the palm of your hand – but don’t be concerned about
this, it won’t impact the device’s performance."
Nokia goes on to stay that these four
methods of holding a phone result in no signal degradation, and that
"The key function on any Nokia device is its ability to make
phone calls. After all, that’s why we know them universally as
Now all of this may seem silly in the
grand scheme of things, but Nokia is looking to pour a little
gasoline on the iPhone 4 “reception” fire. With Nokia finding
itself on the losing
end of the high-end smartphone market, it probably needs all the
help it can get.