Will iPhone 4's woes help Android?

June 28, 2010: 9:26 AM ET

The iPhone 4's reported problems may scare prospective iPhone buyers over to Android.

Steve Jobs shows off new iPhone 4 antenna design via

As my colleague, Phillip Elmer-DeWitt reported this weekend, the iPhone 4 has a significant issue that might be able to be fixed with a software update, it might not.  We'll see.

But that's only one of the many issues that new iPhone owners are griping about.  Even though Apple (AAPL) today reports selling an incredible 1.7 million iPhones since launch, the iPhone 4 shortcomings may open up a door for Google's (GOOG) Android.

Besides the 'Death Grip' issue which occurs when you hold the iPhone normally with your left hand, Apple also moved the proximity sensor above the speaker in the iPhone 4 causing many users to drop, hold or mute calls accidentally.  Additionally, the front and back glass screen has been accused of making the iPhone fragile as well as being easy to scratch.  Finally, the yellowing of pixels and other strange manufacturing errors have emerged.  The iPhone 4 is flawed.


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