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HTC HD7 experiencing the iPhone death-grip issue

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HTC HD7 experiencing the iPhone death-grip issue
Windows Phone 7 was released only a few weeks ago and it has already experienced quite a few  manufacturing related issues. The latest setback seems to be very similar to the "Antennagate" problem that has plagued the iPhone 4, i.e. when you hold the phone in a certain way (the so-called death-grip), you quickly lose reception.

As you can see from the video below, the HTC HD 7 does have a reception problem when you use the death-grip hold. This means it's likely that you may experience dropped calls (ask the iPhone 4 customers - it's not much fun) and other reception-related problems (like accessing the internet). The reason manufacturers place the antenna at the bottom side of some phones is the fact that it keeps the radiation as far away from your head as possible. Check the video below to see the HTC HD7 death-grip issue for yourself.

source: YouTube via WP Central



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posted on 29 Nov 2010, 10:22

1. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Wow. That's bad. Waaaay worse than the examples Steve jobs provided. Worse than what I experience on my iPhone. Takes bars 15-30 second to drop for me. Wow. And it's in the left hand so right handed people will need a case. Let's see if this gets blown up or not. Considering people expect problems from windows idk, but from htc? It's not apple so I don't expect much hubbub about it.

posted on 29 Nov 2010, 15:02

8. PHONE_FREAK (Posts: 51; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


Well guess what. This has no effect on the user experience. There are no dropped calls or data drops. This test only shows that the antennae is on the side. Big deal.

posted on 29 Nov 2010, 12:14 1

2. tuminatr (Posts: 679; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


here is the nice thing about it just don't buy this model phone, buy a different model wp7 and no problem

posted on 29 Nov 2010, 12:30 2

3. android_hitman (Posts: 591; Member since: 07 Jul 2010)


the signal never drops to zero so the test is useless

posted on 29 Nov 2010, 12:38 3

4. jd829 (Posts: 155; Member since: 24 Feb 2010)


Somewhere in Cuprtino, Steve Jobs has a boner...

posted on 30 Nov 2010, 01:28

11. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


Great joke. I'm so annoyed with apple and Cupertino this and Cupertino that.....this just made me laugh....seriously funny

posted on 29 Nov 2010, 13:51 1

5. icemanx1 (unregistered)


Anybody think it may just be att

posted on 29 Nov 2010, 14:13 3

6. saneok (Posts: 78; Member since: 01 Oct 2009)


it says T-mobile next to the signal bar and on the phone. how blind are you???

posted on 29 Nov 2010, 14:32 1

7. Elektra (unregistered)


This is not a big deal at all. It's only a major issue when it's the iphone.

posted on 29 Nov 2010, 17:22

9. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 460; Member since: 16 Nov 2010)


hey icemanx1, nice try at humor but it sucked so badly. Phone is clearly a t-mobile model. thx saneok.

posted on 29 Nov 2010, 21:55

10. kg4icg (Posts: 68; Member since: 18 May 2008)


Hey Tre-Nitty, you seriously need to study electronic terms, icemanx1 didn't say AT&T, he said att which is short for attenuation which is what is happenning.

posted on 30 Nov 2010, 10:23

13. ecml490 (unregistered)


I really doubt he meant that

posted on 01 Dec 2010, 07:50

14. kg4icg (Posts: 68; Member since: 18 May 2008)


Kind of considering the HD7 is on TMobile only

posted on 30 Nov 2010, 06:15

12. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


that IS NOT the "death grip" from the iphone. that is just gripping your phone really tight. any phone will do that.

- the "iphone death grip" is caused by 2 unprotected antenaes bridging a signal through your hand and zapping out the call. you dont have to "grip it to death" to achive this, just merely touch where the 2 antenas devide on the side of the phone. it kills the call.

- any idiot can squeeze a phone and lower the signal. it didnt drop the call. its not an insulation issue like the iphone.. they are not the same. the iphone's issue is one of a kind. the only people that try to prove otherwise are idiots and ibots.

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