MS compares iPhone 4 to its own flawed product

Antenna problems have made the launch of the new iPhone a less than stellar event for Apple. In fact, the problem was so bad, the phone was compared to Windows Vista.

The interesting part is that the comparison was made by someone from Microsoft.

“It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I’m okay with that,” said Kevin Turner, Microsoft’s chief operating officer, in a keynote speech at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, D.C.

Turner was referring to problems with the iPhone 4’s antenna that lead to weakened signals and dropped calls when users grip the phone to talk. The company admitted it knew reception would drop off if users held the phone in a certain way, but didn’t anticipate that many customers would be affected.

However, there’s a big difference between the new iPhone and Vista, observers say. The antenna issue is just one problem with the well-reviewed and high-selling device (and only reported by 0.55% of customers, Apple says), compared to Vista, which had little going for it overall.

Also, the reception problems can reportedly be helped by using the phone inside a case, which Apple is offering to customers for free.

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