Let’s face it folks, cell phones, whether we want to admit it or not, are released with bugs, issues, and a host of other problems that might crop up through normal, daily use. This fact was put on full display during Steve Jobs’ ‘Antennagate’ press conference last week when he highlighted common problems with antenna reception. The videos of a Blackberry, Android, and Windows Mobile phone experiencing similar dropped call issues illustrate that cell phones are asked to perform ideally in anything-but-ideal environments.
This Bits post in the New York Times outlines the domino effect of Jobs’ finger pointing tactic. RIM – the maker of Blackberry – was the harshest critic citing that “Apple’s attempt to draw RIM into Apple’s self-made debacle is unacceptable” and “Apple’s claims about RIM products appear to be deliberate attempts to distort the public’s understanding.”
Additional retorts came from HTC and Motorola, with HTC noting that: “The reception problems are certainly not common among smartphones.
So what do you think? Was Apple finger pointing and deflecting their own issues? What do you think of Jobs’ explanation during his press conference? Should he have outed other cell phone makers like that? — Let us know in the comments.