official response from Nokia to Apple's iPhone 4 press conference yesterday, despite Steve Jobs not demonstrating a death-grip on a Nokia phone the way they did RIM's BlackBerry, HTC's Droid Eris, and Samsung's Omnia. Here's the full response:
Antenna design is a complex subject and has been a core competence at Nokia for decades, across hundreds of phone models. Nokia was the pioneer in internal antennas; the Nokia 8810, launched in 1998, was the first commercial phone with this feature. Nokia has invested thousands of man hours in studying human behavior, including how people hold their phones for calls, music playing, web browsing and so on. As you would expect from a company focused on connecting people, we prioritize antenna performance over physical design if they are ever in conflict.
In general, antenna performance of a mobile device/phone may be affected with a tight grip, depending on how the device is held. That’s why Nokia designs our phones to ensure acceptable performance in all real life cases, for example when the phone is held in either hand. Nokia has invested thousands of man hours in studying how people hold their phones and allows for this in designs, for example by having antennas both at the top and bottom of the phone and by careful selection of materials and their use in the mechanical design.
Matt Miller from our sibling site Nokia Experts claims similarly solid experience with Nokia devices over the years. However, Nokia might have done better just letting it lie. There will always be a few devices, like the Nokia E71, and a few users with access to YouTube, like the one in the video below, who do have problems. And now everyone with such a problem is going to start demanding free bumpers...
Update: Apple has added a video of the N95