There has been an expanding debate over the problems some users are having with the iPhone 4’s reception and dropped calls. This includes what some have called the “death grip” – covering and applying pressure to the lower left corner of the new iPhone, or Apple has called a faulty miscalculation of how they display the number of bars as an indicator of signal strength. I highlight “some users” because this has not been reported as a universal problem, but a problem for some users.
Consumer Reports published an article yesterday reviewing the debate and noting their own inability to reproduce this problem themselves. It’s a difficult issue because clearly there are plenty of reports of this happening to iPhone 4 owners. However, independent tests by AnandTech.com have shown the new iPhone 4 has improved sensitivity to maintain calls in areas with low signal strength. It’s worthwhile reading both articles.