As we reported yesterday, at Apple’s press conference, Steve Jobs, as well as ‘solving’ the antenna issue also brought almost every other smartphone company into the equation. The antenna issue is not specific to the iPhone he said but it is an industry wide problem.
The manufacturers he named were obviously not very pleased by this and many have responded including RIM who quickly stated that ‘they don’t suffer the same issues’. We’d love to believe them but unfortunately it seems Steve struck a chord with RIM because there is some truth in what he said.
The BlackBerry 9800 was showcased yesterday and there was apparently videos on Youtube which shows the handsets signal dropping when it is held in a certain way ‘i.e. the ‘death grip.’
The videos were of a pre-release model so if there are problems RIM could have time to deal with them before its release. But many believe that the model demonstrated was the final model which will be bad news for RIM especially after making such a quick and certain response to Apple. There’s a lot of excitement surrounding the new BlackBerry smartphone, and its new browser especially is said to look extremely promising. So the last thing they want is a similar situation to the iPhone 4, where the release is plagued by weeks and weeks of ‘antenna issue’ horror stories.
Has Steve Jobs and co enlightened us about a true problem within the smartphone industry that has been kept from us or is it a clever business move to take the pressure away from Apple?
What do you think of these claims that the ‘grip of death’ is an industry wide issue?
Source Slash Gear