Looking back at Walt Mossberg’s in-depth review of the iPhone 4, it seems that ole’ Walt might have experienced the same antenna quirks that are affecting a good number of iPhone 4 owners.
However, on at least six occasions during my tests, the new iPhone was either reporting “no service” or searching for a network while the old one, held in my other hand, was showing at least a couple of bars. Neither Apple nor AT&T could explain this. The iPhone 4 quickly recovered in these situations, showing service after a few seconds, but it was still troubling.
Perhaps “quickly recovered” means that Mossberg simply adjusted how he was holding the iPhone 4 without realizing that his “death grip” was responsible for the inexplicable service quirks he was experiencing.