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Secondary testing backs iPhone antenna quality

updated 10:40 am EDT, Wed August 27, 2008

More iPhone antenna tests

Further testing of the antenna in the iPhone 3G appears to back up claims of its quality, writes the Gothenburg Post. In the wake of earlier comparative testing which found the iPhone within normal values, the newspaper says it received complaints, on the basis that the test unit may not have been representative of people having problems. The Post thus got in touch with two people reporting poor 3G connections, and had their phones brought to Bluetest's evaluation facility.

Results have demonstrated that both phones should be fine in sending and receiving 3G data, without any premature disconnections. In an informal experiment near the home of one of the iPhone owners, however, two Apple devices had low or non-existent 3G reception, whereas a Sony Ericsson phone displayed a strong connection. In another contradiction, one iPhone managed to load the Post's homepage in 32 seconds over an EDGE (2.5G) link, while the Sony Ericsson took 46 seconds via 3G.

by MacNN Staff



  1. simdude

    Joined: Dec 1969


    not valid

    For this last test:

    "another contradiction, one iPhone managed to load the Post's homepage in 32 seconds over an EDGE (2.5G) link, while the Sony Ericsson took 46 seconds via 3G"

    you can't compare two networks AND two phones. You've changed two variables. Maybe the Sony has a slow web browser or processor. That's not a valid connection speed test.

  1. MacnTX

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Safari is so superior to the browser used on the Sony phone that it doesn't surprise me at all that it loaded faster on EDGE than the Sony did over 3G. Network speed is only half the equation.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    but again...

    Tests are nice, but it doesn't help people in the 'real world' who have nothing but problems.

    Maybe they can move on and try to find out, then, what IS wrong with people's phones out on the streets. Is it having multiple spectrums available in the same area? Does 3G data affect voice calls for some reason? What's wrong with the service?

    They aren't testing any of that. All they're saying is "Hey, there's all these people with problems, but stop complaining about the antenna! It's not the issue!".

    Oh, and the article, if you want to call it that, seems more like a poorly written blog.

    "It is exciting. Will these two mobiles show worse values?" Really. Exciting? You were sitting there, on the edge of your seats, for this one? Man, those germans need to get out more.

    "It is great with such big interest in the GP article, says Per-Simon Kildal and hopes that more people will discover the competence which exists in Gothenburg."

    That's what the say about Gothenburg. "Competence is Job 1". Of course, you'd expect that from the owner of the lab.

  1. Will53

    Joined: Dec 1969



    When did Gothenburg (Göteborg) end up in Germany? It is a Swedish city and as such, it is located in Sweden. Maybe someone else needs to get out more - in the world?

  1. tmedia1

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Cellular Networks

    Are like any other shared network. If they are a large number of users at any given moment, then individual speeds will suffer and visa-versa. Testing these phones in the wild just isn't a reliable scenario.

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