Originally Posted by Firefly7475
Make sure you fully understand the issue
before you go rubbing anyone's nose in anything.
However I guess if your boss was willing to skip the iPhone 4 because of the reception issue he's not going to be very receptive to good ideas, but at least you'll know
The problem for your line of reasoning is that it relies on a distinction without a difference.
That is, it's entirely irrelevant what the exact mechanism of signal attenuation is compared to the actual performance of the phones in question.
If a phone drops a call or can't make a connection, the user could care less about "antenna detuning" vs. "attenuation", because those things matter only insofar as they effect performance. So the only pertinent metric is actual real world performance.
As was frequently pointed out by satisfied iPhone owners, the antenna problem seemed to be largely one of marginal signal areas, where whatever attenuation effects in play were sufficient to drop reception below a certain critical threshold. Thus, for iPhone owners living in areas with decent coverage, the entire thing was and remains a non-issue.
You'll notice the HTC response specifically speaks of "normal conditions" and "when network coverage is adequate", which are precisely the points of contention brought up during the "antennagate" nonsense.
Bottom line: the iPhone and the HD7 both can apparently suffer unacceptable performance, when held a certain way and in areas of less than optimal cell coverage. By most reports, the iPhone 4 has better than average reception when operating in areas of decent cell coverage, so it's not even possible to say that the HD7's reception isn't worse
than the iPhone, on average, "antennagate" and all.
This is pretty much the point Jobs was making, and which HTC dismissed as FUD, so it is pretty funny to see them squirm a little. At any rate, "detuning" or "attenuation" are just technical terms for "isn't connecting", as far as the user is concerned, and there's never been any reason to believe the iPhone 4 is significantly worse at that than phones such as the HD7, given the same signal strength.