Does the bumper fix your problem?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Ferris23, Jun 24, 2010.


Does a bumper fix your reception issues?

  1. Yes, with bumper my phone is fine and I have no signal issues when held

    18 vote(s)
  2. No, with bumper my phone still has signal issues when held

    7 vote(s)
  3. I don't have a bumper and don't plan on accepting this as a fix

    36 vote(s)
  4. I don't like your poll

    30 vote(s)
  1. Ferris23 macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2007
    Yes, without bumper I can recreate the problem in low signal areas. With bumper on I have no signal loss regardless of how the phone is held.

    I can create the signal loss 100% (less so in strong signal areas which may seem obvious but worth noting. Strong signal=less of an issue when being held) when holding it in my left hand or with a gorilla grip.
  2. Ferris23 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2007
    I guess not that many people are getting bumpers.

  3. frozencarbonite macrumors 6502


    Aug 3, 2006
    Yeah the bumper is not a fix. It's just a band-aid for a poor design choice.
  4. Ferris23 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2007
    Totally understandable and not what I meant by fix, by fix I meant remedy the signal issue. It will be unacceptable if Apple uses the bumper as a permanent band aid.

    That being said I am enjoying the hell out of this phone and am confident Apple will do right, I'm just not in any rush and will take it to the genius bar when the dust settles after launch.
  5. Ferris23 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2007
    lol To the punks that don't like my poll, what's your issue or are you just being smart asses?

  6. ubercool macrumors 6502a


    Jan 31, 2008
    Las Vegas
    I love this poll! Great idea. Look forward to seeing this really fill up with responses by day's end. :)
  7. frozencarbonite macrumors 6502


    Aug 3, 2006
    I think they're just being smart asses because you actually gave them a choice to not like it.

    I actually think the poll is helpful.
  8. Ferris23 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2007
    Yeah, I probably shouldn't have opened up myself for the smart ass option. lol

    Oh well, I like feedback positive or negative.

    Keep it coming folks!
  9. wishman35 macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2009
    Any other case will have side protectors, why do you need a bumper?

    You will be selling this phone at some point and the last thing you need is to leave that back unprotected considering how prone it is to scratches and dings.
  10. anitrajw macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2008
  11. mangohippo macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2010
    #11 can make calls with this phone?
  12. mgmusicman94 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 16, 2008
    Because we dont want to cover up the beauty of the back panel. The bumper is a good design because the phone wont be touched in a fall, just the bumper.
  13. thatisme macrumors 6502


    Mar 23, 2010
    United States
  14. skwoytek macrumors 6502a

    Feb 15, 2005
    Despite the fact that you're only querying people with reception problems, many people may want to vote. You don't have an option for, "I don't have reception issues with or without a bumper." Perhaps those are the people that don't like the poll.
  15. dmb420 macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2010
    HEADS UP to all the peeps thinking about buying a bumper. Its really hard to use the ringer switch and it greatly restricts the type of 3.5mm jacks that you can plug into it.

    You can see my thread, with pics, here:
  16. thelumpya2 macrumors regular


    Nov 24, 2008
    With the bumper installed, the signal strength issue is not present. When I removed my bumper, called my coworker and held it in my hand as those videos demonstrate, making sure to have a good grip covering the lower left corner of the phone, service dropped to almost nothing. It didn't actually drop the call, but I watched the bars go down in a matter of seconds.

    While It is nice that the bumper fixes the issue, it certainly isn't acceptable by any means. If Apple is going to say "the bumper fixes the signal strength issue" they Apple needs to issue bumpers for FREE with every phone, because lets not forget.. this is afterall A PHONE, so before every single bell and whistle, it should perform its original task flawlessly.

    I'm not sure how they are claiming it's a software issue, when it seems to me that it has to be a hardware issue, since it's only produced by physically touching the metal in the lower left corner of the phone.
  17. fishmd macrumors 68000


    Jun 18, 2008
    Sunny South Florida
    Ok, so yes, I do have the signal issue as reported. I did not put a bumper on the phone though. I did have a TPU case for it that I got from though, and when I put that on it, it got rid of the problem totally. No drop in signal at all. So likely, any type of case that you put on the phone will take care of the issue. Hum, interesting. I wonder what Apple will do about this.
  18. Cloudane macrumors 68000


    Aug 6, 2007
    Sweet Apple Acres
    It's difficult to say without further long-term testing. I've picked 'no' but it's a 'yes and no' - where I'm sat right now, it doesn't seem to help. But it's a really weak signal and even the 3GS if I pick it up also tends to lose it so it could be natural degradation from a hand being in the way.

    When out and about earlier the bumper definitely seemed to fix the issue. BUT I didn't test it extensively, AND I noticed it frequently had a decent signal but wouldn't lock on to data (no GPRS, EDGE or 3G symbol) so that could be related.
  19. master-ceo macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2007
    The SUN

    Only a fool would buy a bumper to fix the issue
  20. dmk1974 macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2008
    Would one of those $1 "Livestrong" wristbands work? Wonder if it would stretch enough?
  21. Sleazy E macrumors 65816

    Sleazy E

    Nov 24, 2009
  22. fishmd macrumors 68000


    Jun 18, 2008
    Sunny South Florida
    Ha, now I take it back what I said, Now even with the TPU case on the phone, the signal still decreases significantly when holding the phone in my left hand and touching the bottom left corner. This is very odd, as I would have thought it has something to do with flesh touching the metal itself, but obviously it does not. :confused:
  23. Ferris23 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2007

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