HTC, RIM, Samsung Protest Apple's Antenna Claims
After Apple's Friday press conference to address "Antennagate," smartphone rivals HTC, Research in Motion and Samsung hit back at Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who claimed "every smartphone" has antenna issues.Following remarks made by Apple CEO Steve Jobs at his July 16 press conference to address the issue surrounding iPhone 4 antenna problems, rival smartphone makers HTC, Research in Motion and Samsung have come out in defense of their own products. During the press conference, Jobs singled out HTC and RIM when he mentioned that "every smartphone" has an antenna problem when held a certain way. Apple has come under intense criticism not only for the apparent "flaw" in the phone's design, but the company's defiant approach to dealing with the issue. Jobs mentioned RIM's BlackBerry Bold and Samsung Omnia II as faltering when gripped in a way that blocks the antenna, an alleged problem that mirrors what iPhone 4 owners have been complaining about. The antenna on the iPhone 4 is built into the metal edge of the phone, wrapping around it. "Samsung mobile phones employ an internal antenna design technology that optimizes reception quality for any type of hand-grip use," a Samsung spokesperson said in an e-mailed statement.
In response to the statements regarding RIM's BlackBerry Bold 9700, the mobile technology blog Crackberry published a joint statement from RIM co-CEOs Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, who said Apple's attempt to draw RIM into Apple's self-made debacle was "unacceptable" and the statements Jobs made about RIM products appeared to be "deliberate attempts to distort" the consumers understanding of the issues surrounding antenna design and to deflect attention from Apple's situation.