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Watch as Apple squeezes the life out of a Motorola DROID X

0. phoneArena 24 Jul 2010, 08:59 posted on

Apple uploads videos to YouTube that show various handsets in the throes of the dreaded "death-grip" and losing signal bars...

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:47

1. vzwagent (Posts: 5; Member since: 10 Jul 2010)


they should have taken this act on Americas got talent or some other reality show cause they must be the only ones able to recreate this. myself and several co-workers have tried to make this happen on our phones and have had no such luck. ive gripped my Droid X in every way i can possibly think and have no signal bars drop. ive squeezed the droid x so hard i thought i was going to have to call asurion to get a replacement. the other phones weve tried this on have been the HTC Eris, Blackberry Bold, Lg Ally and the HTC Incredible and have had no luck with any of them dropping even 1 bar. maybe Apple has decided to make up the money they are losing on all the free bumpers by do magic on the side... id hire them for my next birthday party

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 18:40

56. WKlingbeil (Posts: 215; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)


Haha, I love Apple's approach on this one. "Well, our product sucked, so let's point out how everyone else's product sucks too! Instead of addressing our issue and just fixing it with a refresh or something, we'll just bring other phones down to our level!" Haha, so much for people finding an alternative to Microsoft in Apple, because they're becoming the same company. The only difference is, Apple has taken on Microsoft's mentality of the past and Microsoft has taken on Apple's. Apple is the stagnant "giant," and Microsoft is the company working to change their tattered image and improve. Apple may want to be revolutionary again (as much as I hate to say it, the original iPhone was as revolutionary as the cell phone itself). Now, Apple keeps regurgitating the same product repeatedly with a few updates and enhanced features and calls it "new." Essentially, Futurama captured my sentiments on the eyephone perfectly.

posted on 25 Jul 2010, 02:29

69. Gawain (Posts: 361; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)


I agree, I've not been able to duplicate this either. I've wrapped both of my hands around my Storm to no avail. Did anyone else notice that the iPhone 4G video held the phone for less time? They released it at one bar. I would like to see it held for a full minute and see if it actually loses the entire network. Good Grief Apple, who cares at this point. You've admitted some "faults", with considerable lack of tact and grace I might add, just stop being distracted and move on. You only have 11 more months to work the bugs out on the iPhone 5G...or whatever you call it next year...

posted on 25 Jul 2010, 04:04

70. daloneshark (Posts: 4; Member since: 29 Jun 2010)


I tried doing the same with my Droid X and I actually gain more bars.. LoL I did the test in my bathroom on the first level of my home where i get the worst signal and I can't believe I gain more bars!! HAHAHAHA I don't care about the iphone4, I am really happy with my Droid and in general I get great service with Verizon.

posted on 25 Jul 2010, 07:07

71. acipollo (Posts: 34; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


I can't duplicate it either. And hey, the call didn't drop!! Haha.

posted on 25 Jul 2010, 13:37

77. *HOVA* (Posts: 564; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


I can't duplicate the issues on my iPhone either. Whata surprise.

posted on 25 Jul 2010, 18:46

79. daloneshark (Posts: 4; Member since: 29 Jun 2010)


LoL, it's hard because the phone is so big.

posted on 25 Jul 2010, 22:44

83. IHatePhones (Posts: 99; Member since: 12 Aug 2009)


I was always told that, "When you try to make someone else look bad, it doesn't make you look any better". I think that fits the whole bringing down others thing quite nicely.

posted on 26 Jul 2010, 01:37

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


This article should read "Watch Apple squeeze out every excuse they have to make up for their botchery." The whole point of Apple getting so many complaints was not because it "was possible" it because the way EVERYONE holds the phone "Naturally" was causing the problem, not squeeze the phone in its weak spot even though youll never hold your phone cupping both hands standing on your head. Apple is killing themselves. There was nothing wrong with the fact that Clinton got a BJ in the white house, it was how much of an ass he made of himself trying to cover it up. Stick to the truth its far easier to remember.

posted on 26 Jul 2010, 04:29

86. jogutier (Posts: 324; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)


Hova, ur a dumb a$$. The stupid apple talks again. Ha ha

posted on 26 Jul 2010, 07:05

87. *HOVA* (Posts: 564; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Sorry if the truth hurts you fucking moron.

posted on 26 Jul 2010, 16:52

91. tallica05 (Posts: 93; Member since: 26 Dec 2009)


Ha -1 hova -1

posted on 26 Jul 2010, 16:53

92. tallica05 (Posts: 93; Member since: 26 Dec 2009)


Ha -1 hova -1

posted on 26 Jul 2010, 18:38

93. russellw10 (Posts: 13; Member since: 15 Feb 2010)


You know maybe apple is just using a signal blocker to get the droid x to lose it's bars. I bet it wouldn't b that hard for them to get one.

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 09:17

2. stilt (Posts: 63; Member since: 13 Jul 2008)


this is dumb as hell look at the guys fingertips he is literally squeezing the hell out of the droid x, who holds a phone that damn tight dumbies. APPLE just accept the fact that you F'ed up. bad antenae back to the drawing board. I tried to duplicate the same thing on my droid x i placed a call and while i was on the call I placed my fingers in the same exact spot as the video and..........nothing still had my signals that was propbably not even the same bar image as the phone, apple you really tried to discredit other devices that should get you a law suit iI hope it does. APPLE COMPLETELY SUCKS TO ME NOW, i honestly did want a Iphone was but since these verizon droids there no competeion in the phone world period and everyone knows it

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 09:31

6. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


If it's the point of blocking a cellular signal, gripping the phone tighter isn't going to do anything more than a moderate grip. This video shows one phone will a signal problem. Just because your phone doesn't lose service doesn't mean all don't. My iPhone 4 doesn't drop service when I hold it the "wrong" way, but that doesn't mean the problem doesn't exist with other folks. You make it sound like someone insulted your family or something. It's just a smartphone. I wish people put more passion into things that are important in life instead of trivial things like cell phones. We'd get a lot more done.

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 09:40

8. stilt (Posts: 63; Member since: 13 Jul 2008)


you just contradicted yourself if you were" putting more passion into things that are important in life instead of trivial things like cell phones." you wouldn't have been on this site and commenting on what I said. Now would you? You just wanted some "FACETIME" lol

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 11:09

23. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


Not so much that. I like the discussion of it. I am tired of the whole, "Apple sucks, Android rawks" or "Fuck Steve Jobs." I don't think that' intelligent conversation. It's not a competition when it comes to the end users.

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 12:02

29. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


@JeffdaBeat there is no discussion if people can't freely share their opinions on these sly corporate business moves and user's smartphone experiences, you talk like you get on get on this website for some reason better than everyone else does but the reality of it is YOU saw this article and thought you would get some kind of satisfaction for buying an iPhone 4 if you saw the same problem happen to other good phones. anyway even i've known since i was a kid there are places on cellphones where all the antenna activity is and i just adjusted my hand to compensate no big deal however Apple's iPhone 4 does use an antenna design that's a little more sensitive but if AT&T had a better network than it would be about as irrelevant as "death gripping" a Verizon smartphone. it's just the same old problem but now everybody has found a way to blame Apple for it. that's all.

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 18:25

55. bokfu74 (Posts: 10; Member since: 12 Feb 2009)


I tried this on my BB Curve w/ Sprint and the signal dropped to nothing. The difference is the design. In order to make this happen on my Curve I had to hold my phone in an unnatural way. The iPhone has a rather large footprint. I don't think the antenna issue is necessarily Apples fault but they did overlook the issue with regard to how that particular phone is held. It seems that the issue is more predominant on that device because it is so wide and thin. So they DID mess up. And although the device has an unrivaled interface I don't like it because it still doesn't have the best reception. My phone is first and foremost a phone.

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 09:18

3. jherz6 (Posts: 215; Member since: 23 May 2008)


Oh please give it a rest will you ilovers. I have tried the death grip and my droid x and its fine. Steve just admit you messed up, quit your crying fix the f-ing problem and move on. Knock it off mudslingers at phone arena.

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 09:27

5. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


So let me get this straight. It's okay for PhoneArena to post videos and blogs about the iPhone dropping service, but as soon as they post a video showing an Android phone doing it, all of a sudden PhoneArena is mudslinging? Are you team Jacob or team Edward? Seriously, it's no big deal. It's just a smartphone...

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 09:45

9. stilt (Posts: 63; Member since: 13 Jul 2008)


and yet you are still not doing anything productive today JEFDABEAT. this is more trivial stuff here, you must dont have anything else to do today do you?

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 11:12

24. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


It was 9 am on a Saturday...it'd be different it if it were Saturday night and I was here... As I said before, I don't think intelligent discussion of technology is trivial at all. But I haven't seen that around here much with comments I've seen. You can get your point across without saying Fuck Steve Jobs or Fuck Apple.

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 16:42

52. Cali_E (Posts: 196; Member since: 24 Sep 2008)


dude i'm pretty sure the reason are commenting negativly on this is because weeks later, steve jobs is being sleezy and is STILL trying to cover up this issue and instead of taking responsibility, he's just pointing the finger at everyone else. his behavior is childish, and as long as he keeps making these stupid videos and cover-ups, he"s gunna get ridaculed

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 18:41

58. jherz6 (Posts: 215; Member since: 23 May 2008)


One big difference, 1st Apple denied the problem said it was a software issue, anyone with half a brain would know that a reconfig wouldnt solve the problem. 2nd Motorola didnt deny the problem the fixed it. Steve crying look, look the droid has a similar problem. Steve fix your own bed before you worry about someone elses.

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 18:43

59. jherz6 (Posts: 215; Member since: 23 May 2008)


Thats true but, the isheep and other people have been saying the same about verizon for years. So if you cant take it dont dish it out.

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 09:21

4. testman22 (Posts: 337; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)


This reminds me of the OJ simspon trial when the leather glove "didnt fit". OJ stretched out his hands and fingers while trying to put it on so it looked too small. In all these videos, they have to squeeze nice and tight and put their fingers in places you would never put during a normal call. whereas with the iphone you are inhibited in a place where you would normally place your hand for a call

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 09:36

7. stilt (Posts: 63; Member since: 13 Jul 2008)


the iphone 3GS that i have is only for store music and connecting to the dock in my car, I only have it because a friend of mine that left at&t and went to verizon gave it to me. Guess what he got in replace of the Iphone? and by the way how long did it takes apple to be able to send video mms? or have a flash on the camera? why cant i just purchase a replacement battery if i so happen to need one? and itunes why cant i just drag and drop albums to iphone like i do my blackberry bold and my droid x? why do i have to make a playlist then move the play list? why cant i just buy an extra memory card and pop it into my iphone and expand my memory? Iphone you seem behind to me, i really dont see the hype, mediocre devices have been able to do all of these things way before the iphone has so why is the iphone so special??? please tell me somebody

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 09:49

11. cc16177 (Posts: 312; Member since: 09 May 2010)


Dude, it's shiny. How do you not get that??? IT'S SHINY!!!!

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 12:07

31. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


lololololol nail on the head my friend. xD

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 17:10

53. Cali_E (Posts: 196; Member since: 24 Sep 2008)


its so popular because all the people that have never had a smartphone can use one without any real learning curve. its a smartphone for dummies. you don't need any real skill or knowledge to use it. so in a nutshell, you can be a dumbass, and still have something that "looks" cool. (thats if you like the design of a phone)

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 09:48

10. cc16177 (Posts: 312; Member since: 09 May 2010)


Apple, shut up already.

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 10:08

12. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


that is a terrible test. 1) He didn't start out with 4 bars, which already makes throws the test out the window. 2) Why was there no 3G or 1X symbol next to the bars? How about they use an actual person's phone. 3) With my phones i can make a call with zero bars. as long as it doesn't say searching for service, calls and text messages will go through. 4)I haven't seen/heard any complaints about this besides this test.

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 21:44

65. gambino37 (Posts: 146; Member since: 16 Oct 2009)


Right on the money! I guarantee its a fake.

posted on 25 Jul 2010, 22:41

82. IHatePhones (Posts: 99; Member since: 12 Aug 2009)


You sir pointed out exactly what I was thinking with the no 3G/1XEV sign next to the bars. And if there was no signal, the phone would have gone into roam mode as well (unless it was turned off that is). Fishy fishy.

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 10:16

13. Phonatic (Posts: 27; Member since: 16 Jul 2010)


If they had put this kind of effort into making a half decent phone, they wouldn't need to spend all this time and energy making death grip videos of their competitors products. Can we kindly put this well beaten horse in the ground, Apple? Every video they post just makes them look more juvenile. Oh, and can someone top off Steve's sippy cup?

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 10:21

14. zerovampire311 (Posts: 42; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)


I have 2 bars of reception in my store, it's made of brick, and has a fair bit of interference from fixtures, etc. I held my Droid X exactly as shown and.... my phone went UP TO FULL BARS! Fail. I'm sure there was some other interference being used for the video... Apple just needs to give up on this issue and take personal responsibility.

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 10:25

15. joey18 (Posts: 520; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)


htc -----motorola-----nokia-----all this shietes phones what they say now anntena problems on any phone steve is smart checking other phones to compere the signal so great job steve america has the best products not chinese or taiwanese idont buy any product from those contrys

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 10:32

16. cc16177 (Posts: 312; Member since: 09 May 2010)


What?

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 11:54

28. gambino37 (Posts: 146; Member since: 16 Oct 2009)


HA HA. I thought the same thing. Prime example of why punctuation and spelling are important. I like the "idont" towards the end. Talk about the ultimate backfire.

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 12:04

30. cc16177 (Posts: 312; Member since: 09 May 2010)


I just don't understand how these people even figure out how to create a username.

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 13:25

39. chris2283 (Posts: 16; Member since: 28 Feb 2010)


Wow....lmao....that dude couldn't even spell country right hahaha . Do me a favor people if your gonna post on here lets try to use english!

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 13:27

40. chris2283 (Posts: 16; Member since: 28 Feb 2010)


Joey are you sure your even american??

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 13:39

41. cc16177 (Posts: 312; Member since: 09 May 2010)


No, I think it's Steve Job's sex slave he brought in from a third-world country. He got tired of fucking Americans in the ass so he brought one in from elsewhere.

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 14:55

46. joey18 (Posts: 520; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)


im american native from belice ihave motorola beforbe and nokia idont recomende so igo for samsung makes better phones my opinion if with have a smartphone allways frece what is smartphone verizon suks and att to everthing att does verizon to tmobile now is the best network 5 you get extra line ask verizon ---att or sprint what they say

posted on 25 Jul 2010, 23:36

84. Gawain (Posts: 361; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)


I'm going to repeat what cc16177 said....what?

posted on 26 Jul 2010, 14:58

89. zerovampire311 (Posts: 42; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)


You do realize the iPhone is made in China, right?

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 10:33

17. jpropin (Posts: 152; Member since: 20 May 2010)


Jobs & Co. are giving an entirely new meaning to the concept of Damage Control LOL

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 10:34

18. EFchris91 (Posts: 22; Member since: 25 Jun 2010)


You guys are the biggest bunch of cry babies.

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 10:35

19. alansim2010 (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Jul 2010)


I have a droidx and i love it. But i just tried holding the phone the exact same way as the dude on the video did. And my phone went from 3 bars to no service. But it's only when you hold it so tight. I still love this phone though and ill never hold it tha t tight ever again

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 15:18

48. alansim2010 (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Jul 2010)


Why would someone give this comment a negative rating? I don't understand. Do you want me to post a video of my droid x loosing its reception when I hold it? wtf? lol.

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 10:56

20. greathero1 (Posts: 483; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


These videos are hilarious and goes to show you that all phones when gripped around the antenna lose signal strength. What I did see was that the bars on the Apple and Blackberry dropped much faster than the others. Either way, Apple has given bumpers to help alleviate the issue and Android fanboys need to relax and spend more time talking about Froyo than Apple. I swear from some of these comments that you would think that the Apple was their girlfriend and she slept with their little brother, older sister, and father.

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 11:07

22. jpropin (Posts: 152; Member since: 20 May 2010)


Yeah, but for most people, its not good enough to be happy and satisfied with their choices, whether its a phone, car etc.... Thats why many spend so much time attempting to validate their own choices by slamming others people choices and other products. Feeling superior is what its all about. Quite High Schoolish, but what can you say.

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 11:06

21. Tenxchi7 (Posts: 4; Member since: 20 Oct 2009)


Wow! Apple, you should be a shame of yourself. First of all you can clearly see that he is squeezing the heck out of the droid X phone and, not on the "Apple Iphone" when holding it. And the fact that apple has to bring down other phones to show that there's are not the only one suffering the antenna problem shows how lame apple is. Just come out and confess that you made a mistake in putting an antenna over the Iphone 4 that's all. All I have to say is "Verizon Rocks" and "Droid Does" too. :)

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 11:31

25. ggp (unregistered)


ok, so I tried to recreate this on my Moto Droid X, and when I held my hand exactly like in the video, my signal actually went up from 4 to 5 bars! I then used my hands to cover the entire sides of the phone, repeated covering top and bottom and front and back with absolutely no change in signal strength. Just for the record.

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 11:35

26. jpropin (Posts: 152; Member since: 20 May 2010)


Expecting a Corporation, any Corportation to come straight out of the blocks saying "We Blew it" without first trying to throw excuses and other reasons out in the hopes that something sticks, is akin to expecting a visit from the tooth fairy after you get your teeth knocked out in a bar fight. In other words........pretty damn slim

posted on 25 Jul 2010, 13:32

76. Sniggly (Posts: 7051; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Oh really? When some new droid x users got models with faulty screens, moto said very quickly that yes, there were defective models, the problem had been corrected, and they were replacing bad models.

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 11:36

27. Vegas89 (Posts: 51; Member since: 15 Mar 2010)


But the difference is that the droid x won't drop a call because of it. Apple = Fail

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 12:15

32. markemark (Posts: 21; Member since: 19 Jun 2009)


Tried, can't make mine lose reception.

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