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HTC HD7 may also suffer from 'death grip'

updated 12:20 pm EST, Mon November 29, 2010

HTC HD7 hit by death grip antenna issue

HTC's HD7 may suffer the same "death grip" issue with its antenna as claimed for the iPhone 4 and other modern smartphones, owners have been finding this weekend. A YouTube poster (below) has shown the T-Mobile version of the phone dropping from four bars to just one after gripping the phone firmly in a natural position. A quick follow-up test from WPCentral (also below) has shown that the signal is low enough to drop calls and bring data to a halt.

The site initially suspected that it was simply an issue with weaker overall reception for T-Mobile, but by mid-video was persuaded that the phone itself was responsible.

Other Windows Phone 7 devices, including the Samsung Focus and the LG Optimus 7, don't appear to be as easily susceptible to the flaw.

All cellphones are at least partly vulnerable to losing their connections through a hand grip, since the water in human hands acts as a natural signal blocker and most phones have their antennas at the bottom to get them away from the user's head. Apple drew extra criticism for this as it made the antenna external and thus more sensitive to anyone bridging the antenna gap, but it has become enough of an issue that phones like the Nokia E71 had issues even with internal designs.

by MacNN Staff



  1. lkrupp

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Doesn't matter at all...

    These phones will receive a get-out-of-jail pass on this issue. Only Apple gets drug over the coals for this sort of thing. That's just how the tech journalism universe works. Learn to live with it.

  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Big deal

    Most phones do.

  1. appleuzr

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    ha ha.

  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    still looking for ways to criticize Apple

    If you've never understood the words jealous and envy, just look at the manufacturers of non Apple products. They are not innovative, they aren't cool, and it disturbs them mightily to see Apple succeed after all the years of bashing that Apple took from them and others. They wanted Apple to fail... but then, who would they copy? Well, no one. So they are in a monster bind. So they want Apple around but to be "less cool." Apple could easily do that by copying the stuff the also-rans are putting out whoa re copying Apple. The Chinese may be the worst!

    Whatever Apple comes out with next you can bet the forces of "evil" will go into a tailspin trying to duplicate it instead of inventing something cool on their own. The recent idea of a "touch pat" that would vibrate or raise images for typing is a step in the right direction! That was cool (if it works). Someone was trying at least.

  1. Spheric Harlot

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Where's Gizmodo on this?

    This stuff is only an issue when Brian Lam has an axe to grind.

  1. Inkling

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Real problems, real dangers.

    The real problem is the government-induced mandate to reduce radiation to our heads while we're using cell phones. Cellular manufacturers have met that mandate by moving their antennas from where they would work best, at the top of the phone, to the bottom, where the phone partially shields our heads from the signal but our hands block the signal.

    But our heads are large, fed by ample blood supplies and protected by thick bone. What if any health risk from cell phone radiation isn't to our heads but to our hands, or more accurately to the blood flowing through our ill-protected hands wrapped closely around that cell phone? By moving the antenna due to federal dictate, we've increase that exposure and, by decreasing the signal strength, force our cell phones to increase their power output, making matters worse.

    This wouldn't be the first time clueless government regulations screwed up. The first auto airbags always exploded with a big bang, because government regulators insisted that they be strong enough to cushion the impact of a large adult male. The problem is that same explosive force decapitated babies and small children in child carriers, sometimes in mere fender-bumper accidents in parking lots.

    We could be doing the same with our cell phones. By avoiding one imagined danger, we could be greatly increasing the risk of another and possibly greater danger.

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