While Apple has been denying that there are reception issues on the iPhone 4 with its new external, steel band antenna, Motorola isn’t sitting back and is aggressively pushing the Droid X on rival carrier Verizon Wireless by poking fun at Apple’s woes. According to an ad taken by Motorola in The New York Times, Motorola says “You have a voice. And you deserve to be heard.” According to the company’s advertisement copy text, the Droid X “comes with a double antenna design. The kind that allows you to hold the phone any way you like and use it just about anywhere to make crystal clear calls.” We can’t argue there–in our comparison of the Droid X to the Incredible on the same Verizon Wireless network where I have trouble grabbing onto a signal in my San Jose, California home, the Droid X is a signal champ!
The problem with the iPhone antenna is that Apple didn’t implement a dual antenna design for when there is problems with the external antenna. According to AnandTech, theoretically, the external iPhone antenna should–and does–provide better reception than that of the older iPhone 3GS model, however, “the caveat is that as with all external antennas, the potential for both unintended attenuation and detuning is much, much greater. When I first saw the iPhone 4′s design spelled out watching the keynote online, I immediately assumed that Apple was going to apply an insulative coating atop the stainless steel.” Needless to say, Apple didn’t pay attention to apply the insulative coating and now Motorola is poking fun.