"You're holding it wrong:" Samsung documentation instructs you about the right way to hold the Galaxy S III

“You’re holding it wrong.” Steve Jobs’ laconic reply to users’ concerns about dropped calls and poor coverage of the iPhone 4 infuriated many, but truth is antenna placement has always been a delicate topic for smartphone makers. Some tried to capitalize on the iPhone 4 vulnerability saying or implying their phone doesn’t have the antenna issues. Truth is, though, that each phone has an antenna and if you grab tight the place around it, you get lower bars. When coverage is low you could have your call dropped.

Interestingly, a whole website named “Don’t hold it wrong” brilliantly illustrates how many other phones besides the iPhone suffer from the same issue and often have it documented. The last one in that collection? The Samsung Galaxy S III.

Samsung’s handset has a huge 4.8-inch screen and you might find it hard to hold it with just one hand, but for those with wider grip, you should know that the main antenna of the handset is placed on the bottom of the device, so that’s where you should not hold tight. Samsung explains that touching or otherwise blocking the antenna could mean worse GPS performance, reduced audio quality and cause the phone to emit higher potentially dangerous radio frequency energy.

The full explanation follows below, take a look.

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Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)



1. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

99 % of people don't grab the bottom lip of their handset tightly and especially not that area on the large handsets,think after all the apple antennagate scandals most manufacturer are covering their behinds putting in diagrams like the above. From what we've seen so far we haven't had a single complaint for the mass stock of s3 we have sold so far,which is good to see as most handsets can have minor 'teething' problems at the start,some particular handsets from one particular company can have more serious teething problems buts these are generally instantly denied and covered up.

2. PackMan

Posts: 277; Member since: Mar 09, 2012

Stop scouring the internet searching for articles to defend your favorite fruit company.

4. PackMan

Posts: 277; Member since: Mar 09, 2012

Mr. Victor please tell, you just didn't source a f**king tumblr account.

7. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Agreed. lame article. anandtech did extensive testing on this and nothing comes close to how bad the iPhone4 attenuated with a tight grip.

15. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Which is why I usually head to Ananadtech if I want a real in-depth coverage on a piece of tech that has little to no bias. Also, a lot of the smartphones I've seen do have such warnings to avoid reducing performance, even my stand alone GPS has this. Those definitely did not compare to the iPhone 4 where holding the phone normally would close the gap between antennas causing it to short and lose signal strength.

29. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I agree, but because of Anandtech's thorough process and unbiased methods, their reviews usually lag at least a couple of weeks behind other phone sites. Plus, they don't review nearly as many different models as dedicated phone sites.

34. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I usually go to various phone review sites for an average then go to Anandtech to see if they reviewed the phone I'm interested in, and if so then I get to see every little thing about it. They said they mostly review phones that are popular or interests them tech-wise. It's also only 3 people reviewing the phones.

3. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

*facepalm* No phones go through this. Even when I give the "death grip" to my phone, it still performs fine and signal doesn't fluctuate in the least.

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

samsung has placed the antenna on the bottom of all of their galaxy phones. its nothing new. And it works a hell of a lot better than apple's solution which was to wrap the darn thing around the outside of the phone and hope no one touched it. This is just ifanatic fodder because they wont read anything but the head line and jump in here and make idiotic comments.

14. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Just another instance of Samsung copying AAPL

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

point.. set.. match.

37. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

That was like taking candy from a baby,quite literally!

25. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

We get that you like to uselessly troll around this website taco but let's tone it down a notch, eh?

16. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

You have to consider who the author of this piece is...

6. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

*sigh* This is just pathetic. No, every other phone does not suffer from the same issue the iPhone 4 did. No other current phone does. Yes, every phone will suffer some signal decrease if you come between the antenna and the signal with your hand. This is not the issue the IO4 had. The IP4 issue was two exposed antennas being detuned by any conductive material (including skin) jumpering them. That's why you can find videos of the iPhone 4 going from 4bars to none just by placing a penny over the gap. No iFan has yet answered this for me - if the iPhone 4 antenna issue was the same as any other phone (hand blocking the signal), and wasn't due to the exposed antennas, then why did a bumper case fix it? Hell, why did a half inch piece of tape fix it?

13. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

You're right that this issue in iPhone 4 was more sensitive due to the exposed antenna. It's also true that the issue was blown out of proportion by iPhone haters as it was a non issue for most since they used a case or you could just avoid that spot. Sales were higher and returns lowere than ever.

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you shouldnt have to "avoid that spot" or be forced to "use a case" to have proper functioning of a $600 device. Only simpleton inuts defend that.

38. Ivan6479

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I agree this is freaking ridiculous!! I bet Apple probably paid off the people that originally published this just to try and give some bad press on the GS3 simply because they realize they are falling behind. Their release of the so called new features in iOS6 which are basically old Android features shows just how far behind they are and that they are no longer at the forefront. By they looks of the new features of iOS6 I'm sure their new phone isn't going to be anything special either.

22. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 278; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

ill agree that there was some extra feedback from android fans but if you look at the fact that Apple issued out bumper cases free of charge to correct the issue does mean that it was more serious than just holding your phone differently.

24. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No, the iPhone 4 was not more sensitive. It had an issue that no other phone had. Detuning of the exposed antenna due to physical jumpering of the two antenna. No other phone had (or has) exposed antenna, so none could share the issue. It was not blown out of proportion, it was exactly what we said - a poor design decision, style over substance. And first year electrical engineering student could have told you this would happen. And, it cause more than double the signal loss that proximity interference caused. Again, if it were the same issue as other phones experience, a case or piece of tape would not have fixed it.

8. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

Article sponsored by apple

9. paulyyd

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 08, 2011

Lol it's funny cause u all mad

10. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Bush's picture is priceless, though. lol!!!

12. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Bush is such a simpleton lol

19. Republican

Posts: 99; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

A man of amazing intelect. He single handedly brought peace, stability and democracy to Iraq and Afghanistan. The man is a hero and will go down as one of America's greatest leaders.

20. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

but leaving America in a big hole financially. please is consider one of the worst president. hero... please he didnt even went to war..

21. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

And you think Obama the Marxist has done anything to even TRY to fix it other than give speeches and take trips to Hawaii? Jesus Christ. Bush WAS a leader and a hero.

28. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Bush was a retard. Obama is more intelligent, but misguided.

31. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

ill take a retard over an "intelligent person" that is misguided. One at least has an excuse.. the other is messing things up on purpose. besides, bush was way funnier to mess with than obama.

32. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Well, not to be contrary, but misguided would indicate not on purpose - as in he thinks he's doing the right thing.

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