June 25, 2010 at 8:57 AM by Dr. Drang
I am not an electrical engineer, nor do I have any expertise in the design and behavior of antennas. By internet standards, then, I am perfectly suited to weigh in on the left-hand-iPhone 4-reception issue. And I have just two comments.
First, every phone I’ve ever owned—whether from Nokia, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, or Apple—has had its signal strength bars fluctuate when I’ve:
- held the phone in my left hand;
- held the phone in my right hand;
- waved my hand in the air like I just don’t care;
- thought about having pie for desert.
I’m sure there’s a pattern here.
Second, every radio and rabbit-eared TV I’ve ever used has seen its reception improve when someone is holding the antenna. I stood through countless innings of White Sox baseball in the 70s, holding the antenna just so to reduce the snow on Channel 44.