News & Views from Nottingham Photographer Paul 'Spike' Reddington


In case of dazzle, wear sunglasses

Well, I got my iPhone 4 swapped for one where the camera does actually focus – see my post below and I’m pleased with how that works now. However, I am having trouble with the infamous reception issue where Apple’s response is to ‘hold the phone differently’ – well, their slogan of course was ‘Think Different’. Or use a case.

So I set about doing research to find a case that would solve the antenna bridging problem, look good and not get stuck in my pocket when the phone was ringing.

I came across a company called Ultra Case and they do a great selection, including one which whilst it’s for the iPhone 3G has to be the most gaudy, OTT, blinging, show-off in your face case – EVER.  See this vid:

iPhone 4 camera not a great job, Mr Jobs

I waited a while before getting my iPhone 4, I’ve had all of them since the original on the day of release.  Yeah, I know, I’m an Apple fanboy – like a magpie, I love their shiny stuff. They just do it better than other makers of tech kit – when they work as intended…

This time I wanted Apple to sort out the ‘Version One’ teething troubles first. Plus I wanted to ask a few real life users about the reception problems due to the aerial around the body. Although right handed, I use my phone in my left (so I can write,etc) and this apparantly makes the issue more noticable.   Friends said they were having no problems, although I did not they were all using a case, so better get one from Apple whilst they are still giving them out free.

So, I took the plunge and went with one from the 3 shop. Having just unboxed it, charged overnight and synced it, imagine my frustration to discover the autofocus on the front camera doesn’t work. The camera pointing to me does, however. The problem is there for both stills and video. Not very good for a photographer like me!

So, back to the shop for an exchange. I wouldn’t mind so much but it took that long to do all the blooming paperwork when I bought it, I got a parking ticket 😦

UPDATE: After an hour out of my life including travelling time, the shop exchanged my phone for a new one. He’d not seen that problem before, although had one where the screen was totally black. My number ported just before I took it in to the shop, leaving my old iPhone 3 on O2 useless, and my replacement iPhone 4 useless, as even witht the sim in, it has to be synced with iTunes. . .

. . .Back home now, attempting to restore from the iTunes back-up. Frustratingly, the error message says:

“The software on the iPhone is too old to restore from the backup. Set up as a new iPhone and update the software before you can restore” Grrrr.