Apple’s just dragged Nokia into the antennagate controversy again this week with a video showing how it drops signal if held in a particular manner. At their press conference on Friday last week they had mentioned Nokia as part of the manufacturers whose handsets also drop bars when held in the hand, but had not shown off a video of this happening on any Nokia. Today their page was updated with the Nokia N97 Mini ‘death grip’ video.
Soon after the Apple Press Conference, Nokia had issued a statement saying that they prioritise antenna performance over design and this is perhaps a way to get back, but at this point its just funny and in very poor taste. This becomes clear when you look at the way the N97 Mini is held, in a very tight fist, virtually shielding the antenna. Now there’s a huge difference between a touch leading to signal loss as in the iPhone’s case and a tight grip shielding the antenna completely. What is worse for Apple, the N97 Mini still doesn’t loose signal completely.
In any case, this post is not about shielding the N97 Mini, but about how a lame reason is being stretched to the point when it actually becomes funny. Speaking of funny, CJ over at ZCJ has found a spoof on Apple reply to Antennagate, its a must watch.