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

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Watch as Apple squeezes the life out of a Motorola DROID X
During Steve Jobs' last appearance before the media, he used video clips to show how other handsets besides the iPhone 4 suffered from the dreaded "death-grip". Just in case you didn't see the Apple CEO's performance and the clips, Apple has uploaded them to YouTube. Among the phones that the Cupertino based firm put in front of the camera are the Motorola DROID X, the Samsung Omnia II, Nokia N97 mini and the BlackBerry Bold 9700. If there ever was a situation where the saying "If you've seen it once, you've seen it all" was appropriate, this is it. Each video shows the offending handset being tightly gripped while the signal bars drop away, one by one. Once the grip is released, the bars return. The videos might not knock Shane Dawson or the Annoying Orange off the YouTube most viewed list, but we would imagine that cellphone fans throughout the world will give them a peek-even just those curious to see the signal strength slowly drop off a smartphone leaving the handset as powerless as Superman under the influence of Green Kryptonite.

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1. vzwagent

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 10, 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

56. WKlingbeil

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 26, 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.

69. Gawain

Posts: 439; Member since: Apr 15, 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...

70. daloneshark

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 29, 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.

71. acipollo

Posts: 34; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

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

77. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

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

79. daloneshark

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 29, 2010

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

83. IHatePhones

Posts: 99; Member since: Aug 12, 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.

85. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 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.

86. jogutier

Posts: 324; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

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

87. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Sorry if the truth hurts you fucking moron.

91. tallica05

Posts: 93; Member since: Dec 26, 2009

Ha -1 hova -1

92. tallica05

Posts: 93; Member since: Dec 26, 2009

Ha -1 hova -1

93. russellw10

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 15, 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.

2. stilt

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 13, 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

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.

8. stilt

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 13, 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

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.

29. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 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.

55. bokfu74

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 12, 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.

3. jherz6

Posts: 217; Member since: May 23, 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.

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...

9. stilt

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 13, 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?

24. JeffdaBeat unregistered

It was 9 am on a'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.

52. Cali_E

Posts: 196; Member since: Sep 24, 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

58. jherz6

Posts: 217; Member since: May 23, 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.

59. jherz6

Posts: 217; Member since: May 23, 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.

4. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 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

7. stilt

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 13, 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

11. cc16177

Posts: 312; Member since: May 09, 2010

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

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