HTC responds to Apple over antennagate

HTC's Eric Lin has responded in statistical fashion to Apple's iPhone 4 press conference where Steve Jobs showed off a Droid Eris losing singnal when death-gripped:

"Approximately .016% of customers [have complained]. We have had very few complaints about signal or antenna problems on the Eris".

Which could also just mean there hasn't been the attention or scrutiny placed on signal strength attenuation in the past, and again it will be open season now with any number of YouTube videos popping up showing everything from the HTC Droid Eris to HTC Droid Incredible to HTC Nexus One succumbing to the death-grip, just like Apple demonstrated.

However, HTC does have the forethought to warn customers not to touch the spot over their antenna (see image, top).

[Pocket-Lint via Android Central, Daring Fireball, Engadget]

Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, Review, Vector, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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Isn't HTC a "white label" manufacturer? I'm pretty sure its phones aren't actually branded HTC—they get branded by the carrier. The vast majority of customers are going to call the carrier, not HTC.

@David: HTC branded phones are available all over the world. They also do some manufacturing of phones without their branding, such as the Nexus One.

"Which could also just mean there hasn’t been the attention or scrutiny placed on signal strength attenuation in the past"
Which mean by reporting this Apple will fix the i4 antenna problem . Thx Rene! Keep up the good work for Apple. 