How To Hold A Cellphone
After losing my trusty Nokia 7650 the other day, I had to buy a replacement, and I couldn’t find that one. so I went cheap — the Nokia 3120, which is still a remarkable gadget at about $120. But, devouring the manual (PDF), I read this:
Normal operating position
Use the phone only in its normal operating position. Your phone has a built-in antenna. As with any other radio transmitting device, do not touch the antenna unnecessarily when the phone is switched on. Contact with the antenna affects call quality and may cause the phone to operate at a higher power level than otherwise needed. Not touching the antenna area during a phone call optimises the antenna performance and the talktime of your phone.
I must confess I’ve never seen that before. The illustration makes it clearer:
Maybe I missed something here, but to me this is new ‘information’. I say ‘information’ because it’s not clear to me what exactly is the problem here, and whether there are health issues involved. Perhaps, most importantly, I’ve looked around to see whether people hold the phone, or ones similar to it, correctly. Most don’t (sorry, I don’t have a camera to back that up because it was in the 7650, but look around yourself.) I’ve tried holding the phone in the way illustrated and it’s very, very unnatural and impossible not to look a little silly unless you’re a five-year old. Is there something more sinister at work here? Does the higher power level have health implications? If so, I think Nokia should make that clear. I’m going to ask them.