honestly the antenna issue is largely overblown and a null-issue for most since I can't recall the last time I saw someone walking around with a bare iphone. This latest one seems to have a larger surface area prone to accidental damage + wear&tear further necessitating having a case... or perhaps unlike the identical 3G/3GS designs, they want to leave their iphone uncased to show off that they have the latest model. I dunno about your guys, but when I get a new iphone I usually put a screen protector & case on it ASAP---resell value ftw?
people just like to complain and demand free stuff (bumpers). :)
I don't know about you, but when I get a new product, I expect it to work. Also, it is most definitely not a null issue (see the signal comparison table in the middle of http://www.anandtech.com/show/3794/the-iphone-4-review/2 ), especially when you consider that dB is on a logarithmic scale.
Apple's latest response to this is also pretty hilarious. They're saying that, “Upon investigation, we were stunned to find that the formula we use to calculate how many bars of signal strength to display is totally wrong. Our formula, in many instances, mistakenly displays 2 more bars than it should for a given signal strength. For example, we sometimes display 4 bars when we should be displaying as few as 2 bars.”
This is pure b.s. The phone was obviously designed in a way to make it look like it has much better reception than it does. Wasn't this formula a "fix" released back in, I think, software update 2.1 for poor reception? The change in the formula was misleading because each bar didn't represent an equal percentage of signal strength. Rather than give bad excuses they should just hand out free bumpers, which cost not more than a nickle or two to produce instead of charging an obscene price of $30.
Edited by demoNMaCHiN3 - 7/3/10 at 11:53pm