I can’t believe that we really need to talk about this.
Many of you probably have one and from most of the opinion polls and customer requests at my store, you probably love your iPhone. But are you holding it the wrong way? Many people have reported issues of having poor reception with their iPhone. Typically they have blamed their provider (AT & T) for the issues, but it appears it could all just boil down to how you’re holding your phone.
The above video from Engadget demonstrates the problem and also shows how you should be holding your phone. Clearly, as demonstrated, people who like to hold their phone in their left hand are out of luck, but those that use their right hand are ok in doing so. It appears Steve Jobs designed the iPhone to be a right handed device. Those that want to use the device in their left hand will probably need to petition Apple for a left-handed device.
All of this leads me to the question of why Apple would design a device that if you hold it in the wrong hand you risk losing your reception. It just doesn’t make sense to me, but they’ve managed to sell millions of these phones over the years all with no complaints towards Apple. Perhaps it’s not as big a deal as we think, then again maybe it is. I’m just surprised that no one figured this out before.
Based on an e-mail response that Engadget received, a fix may not be coming soon. In the e-mail response Steve Jobs simply says “Just avoid holding it in that way.” I guess it is a temporary fix for the problem, but it shouldn’t be viewed as a permanent solution. Hopefully Apple takes this seriously and fixes the problem.