I'm using a ifrogz super thin case - the one with the slats in the side - even as thin as it is I have no issues with the antenna with the case on.
I bought 4 iphone 4s. 3 of them (my wife and kids' phones) do not have the "antenna issue". Mine, however, is virtually identical to all the you-tube videos you've seen. Grab it in the death grip and watch the bars reduce. Put it in the case, however, and no issue at all.
I had 3 iPhone 3gs and now 4 iPhone 4s. Love them all and this issue to me is overblown. I'm sure it will get fixed but there is no way I'd use this phone without some sort of case, however, thin anyway.
The battery issues is more puzzling though. I'm getting about middling battery life - not terrible by any means - but not 38 hours like Mossberg and others reported.
Moral of the story:
Get an inexpensive case until Apple comes up with a solid fix.
As far as your battery life question:
My experience is iPhone 4 battery lasts longer than 3GS but not as long as expected. Part of the reason may be if you are running a GPS location app in the background or music, such as Pandora or a podcast, etc.
Please keep the helpful and positive comments coming!
I appreciate and respect your post, alanpgh, but as a person who has been buying (and evangelizing) Apple products since the Apple //e in 1982, would someone please explain to me why I should be paying my own money to buy a case to remedy a significant product design problem?
To me - and with all respect to Apple - this should have been caught during the alpha prototyping phase. Apple needs to fix this.
No disrepect intended to anyone on this forum or to you, but seriously... I dont' see any reason why I should be expected to spend even $1 to fix a design flaw in the iPhone 4.
I appreciate your thoughtful post.
You make a number of very good points.
I am an Electrical Engineer with some RF experience.
This definitely should have been caught in the Alpha/Beta testing process.
No excuse for this not being caught.
And, an engineer would understand that basic RF (Radio Frequency) design practice (Engineering 101) would not want your hand to touch the antennas to ground them out or ad a link between the two antennas.
In this case, the testing was likely done using cases, so the problem was inadvertently masked.
My guess is that all Apple can do here is to find a fix and learn from this experience so it does not happen again.
My sense is that they will find sine sort of fix working a week or less. This is a guess based on experience.
In the meantime, for me (and I'm only speaking for myself) $29.00 is a small price to pay for a case that allows me to have a working version of one of the most revolutionary electronic devices ever made.
This is only a hiccup along the way.
I believe Apple will make it right!
By the way, in the meantime, people can do one of following:
Buy a case.
Use a Popsicle stick, as someone suggested in another thread.
Go back to using your old phone until the problem is resolved.
More thoughtful comments will be appreciated!
Yes, I am willing to spend $30. for a case to have a few additional weeks of reliable operation until there is a fix.
Cost of case is small compared to the annual cost of cell phone service.
And, in the end, I have a nice case which I would probably buy at some point anyway. I've had a case on my last two phones.
I do not have to hold it differently as long as it is in the sleek iPhone 4 case I bought 2 days ago.
Apple has never let me down. Customer service is very good.
AT&T and Microsoft offense have poor customer service.
Let's see what happens here in the next few weeks.
My philosophy is to be patient right now and to use my 100% working and wonderful new iPhone 4.
Please send any comments and suggestions, but please be constructive!