HTC HD7 experiencing the iPhone death-grip issue

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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12. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

10. kg4icg

Posts: 83; Member since: May 18, 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.

13. ecml490 unregistered

I really doubt he meant that

14. kg4icg

Posts: 83; Member since: May 18, 2008

Kind of considering the HD7 is on TMobile only

9. Tre-Nitty

Posts: 470; Member since: Nov 16, 2010

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

7. Elektra unregistered

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

5. icemanx1 unregistered

Anybody think it may just be att

6. saneok

Posts: 78; Member since: Oct 01, 2009

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

4. jd829

Posts: 155; Member since: Feb 24, 2010

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

11. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

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

3. android_hitman unregistered

the signal never drops to zero so the test is useless

2. tuminatr

Posts: 1193; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

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

1. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 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.


Posts: 51; Member since: Oct 20, 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.

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