Was it really a month ago that those eager Apple fanboys and girls queued night and day to get their hands on the brand new iPhone 4? As it turned out, getting your hands on the iPhone 4 was actually not the best idea...
Despite the fanfare and hype, within hours buyers were starting to complain about the fact that if you held the phone in a certain way then the signal would drop off completely.
Apple dismissed these concerns at first, with Steve Jobs offering some classically terse advice to a disgruntled customer: "Avoid holding [the phone] that way."
Eventually, though, the growing number of users reporting the issue, coupled with the fact that prominent group Consumer Reports said it was unable to recommended the device due to the problem, forced the company's hand.
On 16 July, Steve Jobs said the company would give all owners of the device a free plastic case that the firm said would alleviate the issue. Hardly a high-tech solution or a glamorous look for your new device but most iPhone users probably don't care.
Jobs also managed to irk almost every other leading mobile manufacturer during this announcement too, by claiming the issue was common to all handsets.
Still, the problems did little to hurt Apple and the device remains somewhat popular. Apple's recent financials showed the company turned a whopping $15.7bn (£10.1bn) profit in the last three months, helped by sales of the iPhone totaling 8.4 million units.
V3.co.uk was also suitably impressed by the device, giving it a solid four out of five stars, noting, "the handset keeps the ease of use that has made the iPhone a hit in the mass market".
However, a V3.co.uk reader poll found most were less impressed, with 27 per cent saying they preferred different handsets and operating systems, while a further 23 per cent said they thought the device was too expensive.
It should be remembered, though, that this poll was run before the device came with a free plastic case.
Or, of course, you could buy something else entirely, using our handy top 10 alternative smartphones as a guide.
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