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I think there's some fun personal irony of the claim chowder on me: Macworld Expo '07—where Apple announced the iPhone—was my first ever, and I was our only blogger in the keynote.
So it's really just about whether owners hold the phone "that way" in this one spot, which has been an reality of many (or most? perhaps *all?*) phones all this time.
"...gripping almost any mobile phone in certain ways will reduce its reception by 1 or more bars. This is true of iPhone 4..."
Lots of cell phone manuals have variations of "don't hold it that way" instructions, such as the Nokia 6126:
And you can see the same signal attenuation problem demonstrated the the Nokia E71:
As well as the iPhone 3GS and 3G:
and similar issues have been reported on other phones, including the Nexus One and other Nokias:
Unless I'm missing something, it feels like this issue has been passed over by the tech industry for a long time, and is only now being blown way out of proportion because Apple made the mistake of promising "magic" and "revolution."
$30 to turn on the personal hotspot feature on a device you already own sounds like a killer deal to me.
Anyone want a Jawbone Prime? ;)
In fact, Address Book works very well with Time Machine. You can enter the Time Machine interface viewing Address Book, and roll back through each back and restore to that particular state.