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Samsung says its phones are immune to iPhone's antenna woes

updated 08:20 am EDT, Mon July 19, 2010

Samsung claims Omnia II has perfect antenna

Samsung today became the latest to shoot back at Apple as it said on Sunday that its phones were purportedly immune to the iPhone 4's reception issues. Company spokesman Shin Young-joon told the Korea Herald that the Omnia II's antenna position at the bottom not only reduced the likelihood of dampening the phone signal but that, allegedly, it was physically impossible for a problem to happen. The design was such that there was "no room for such problems to happen in the future," he said.

Young-joon also cast into doubt the video demo Apple has of the Omnia II clearly losing signal through a grip, arguing that the results weren't predictable and could change. Apple has said that these problems usually occur in areas where the signal was already weak enough to lose the connection.

The company avoided releasing a formal statement like those of Nokia and RIM. It's speculated that the company wants to avoid crossing Apple through its role as a parts supplier: an iPhone 4 teardown shows that Samsung makes the flash memory. Samsung is also known to manufacture the Apple-designed A4 processor and its 512MB of memory, and it has similar roles in the iPad and many iPods.

The firm has been struggling to sell the Omnia II against the iPhone 3GS in South Korea but may have its first true rival to Apple in the Galaxy S, which has had record sales. However, early claims have surfaced that it and variants like T-Mobile's Vibrant also suffer a "death grip" issue depending on how they're held.

by MacNN Staff



  1. DiabloConQueso

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Good to know...

    "Samsung says its phones are immune to iPhone's antenna woes"

    It's good to know that holding my iPhone 4 incorrectly won't affect my Samsung phone.


  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Smartphone vendors should go back to

    putting the antennas at the top and closer to the brain so these "death grip" issues will go away. "Brain fry" will be much more acceptable to users.

  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969


    How about...

    How about we just start adding the retractable antennae or better yet, the big antennae similar to those on the original Motorala brick. Should fix the problem right away!

  1. HappySlug

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Painting a target

    This seems like a really stupid statement for Samsung to make. It paints a target on themselves, practically daring the public to test every Samsung phone. Then if/when the problem is found they look like complete idiots. May not have been a "formal statement", but that won't stop a lot of people from looking very hard at Samsung phones to test the accuracy of the comment. Bad, bad move.

  1. tightzeit

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Yes that's not a word, but none of my analogue phones suffered from this c***. I could still have a conversation if I had one tenth of a quarter of bar and now we're arguing over what's acceptable for dropout. It's all a big bunch of bullshit. My call clarity has never been 'better' with digital, in fact, it's been progressively worse. I really get the sense that people tune into something technology wise and become so obsessed with it that they fail to see it's NUMEROUS shortcomings.

    I got decent reception and could have conversations in my mother's house which is in a sheltered valley with my analogue, yet I get constant dropouts on my digitial POS, regardless of f*cking brand. This is just 10 years ago. And to me, analogue is still supreme for more reasons than that.

  1. TRRosen

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    Don't you mean "Former Company spokesman Shin Young-joon". I know laws are more lax in Korea but Making an out and out false statement to the media is still gonna get your a** in a sling. Maybe he should have paid attention to Nokia, Rim and HTC who were all very careful not to claim their phones were immune.

  1. Matt Bauer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Oh Dear, Samsung!

    I used to own one of your phones before I got an iPhone. It was truly a piece of s***, the worst reception of any phone I've ever owned. I had to hold in in a particularly unnatural way to get a decent signal, and people were always complaining that I sounded terrible.

    It was so bad, I had the phone swapped out. But that did not fix it. I don't remember the model number, but it was one of your slider phones.

    While I like my iPhone (I still have the 3G), I will happily admit that iPhone does not have the bets reception. I've owned all sorts of brands, and Nokia phones have always had the best reception in my experience. YMMV.

    I used to be a huge Nokia fanboy. I still think their hardware is solid, but 2000 called and they want their mobile operating system back.

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Samsung's UI is not even bad enough to be flushed<

    I'd take AT&T's crappy reception with iPhone's bad antenna problem any day over Samsung's crappy user interface.

  1. Sukoshi

    Joined: Dec 1969


    my Samsung

    is not immune. Signal drops just like any other phone when I death grip it.

  1. JuanGuapo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Ewww Samsung...

    ...bad form. Shouldn't have said anything, or just left it as, "We disagree with Apple's findings." Ok, that would have been enough but saying your phones are immune was a bad way to go--I can see the Youtube videos piling up now.

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