ANOTHER DAY and another bursting of the Iphone 4 hot air hype balloon. This time users are complaining that the Iphone's proximity sensor can't figure out where things are.
The sensor is used to shut off the Iphone's touchscreen, such that when users are engaged on a phone call the screen does not respond to accidental input. A thread on Apple's support forums, which is already 350 posts long, relays the tales of woe caused by the malfunctioning sensor.
Iphone 4 users are finding that the haywire sensor is causing calls to be muted or hung up, and can even initiate new calls. One user writes, "I am holding my phone in the exact same way I always did with my 3G, and it is right up against my face, but it continuously switches the screen on and off. I was just on a 10 minute call where mute was turned on 3 times and speaker once, all by my ear."
Some posts even detail complex interactions with the Iphone 4 thanks to the proximity sensor activating the touchscreen. "I was on an hour phone call this evening and my phone muted me 5 times, put me on hold and tried calling my work and then put me on hold and tried to send a text message to my work," one user wrote.
Perhaps we were a little too hasty at calling out Steve Jobs on his claim that other phones' multitasking features are naff.
One user is claiming that 80 per cent of his calls are being cut short, thanks to his cheek activating the 'end call' button. This caused him to conclude, "This phone is currently unusable!"
Stand fast, friend, you're not alone. Come and join the ranks of disappointed Iphone 4 users who can't even get a mobile phone signal, suffer from dodgy screens and have their Exchange calendars and email made invisible.
Perhaps it would be easier and far more useful for buyers to admit what the Iphone 4 can do - significantly lighten your wallet. µ
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