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HTC Sensation may face 'death grip' with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

updated 03:15 pm EDT, Sun June 5, 2011

HTC Sensation could be plagued by LAN death grip

The HTC Sensation could be the latest phone to face the once-thought rare issue of a "death grip." Tests conducted by NordicHardware (video below) with a signal measuring app and regular audio apps showed the phone rapidly losing Bluetooth and Wi-Fi signal, even just by putting it on a flat palm. Access can drop by as much as 20 to 30 dBm and noticeably bog down connection speeds.

The unibody aluminum design is believed to be responsible. Similar to a few earlier HTC phones and the original iPhone, the shell requires that HTC make a certain piece of the phone's shell out of plastic as a window for the wireless signal. This normally hasn't been an issue on phones like the Desire or Legend, but the Sensation may be more vulnerable than usual.

Any problem may not be serious depending on the circumstances. All phones face a certain amount of attenuation from a natural hand grip because the water in a person's hands can block the signal. HTC hadn't commented on the findings.

The issue could nonetheless magnify the irony for HTC. During the iPhone 4 antenna debate, it had largely absolved itself of antenna issues. That defense lost momentum after users found an HD7 antenna problem that put HTC on the same reasoning as Apple.

by MacNN Staff



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  1. facebook_Clarence

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    Joined: Jun 2011



    I thought this was a non issue?

    Oh, that's just when it's an iPhone.

  1. lysolman

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Is anybody else completely confused by the HTC line up? I can't keep track of what model does what, and what carrier uses what name for the same f****** hardware. Crazy stupid in my opinion.

  1. aussiearn

    Joined: Dec 1969


    non issue???

    For most iPhone users it was a non-issue. For most anti-Apple zealots it was a huge issue and used as a weapon try and belittle Apple and make themselves feel superior. Basically jealousy at its very core! Lets see if those same people hold themselves to the same standard! I doubt it though.

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Deadly Sensation

    Create as much confusion as possible in the market place and people will say: why don't you just hit me with whatever you have. If I don't like it, I will buy another one, 'it's cheap anyway'.

    For the iPhone user, it's a non-issue, because 90% of the users I have seen put their phone into a case anyway.

  1. Parky

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It's not even a death drip.
    At least with the iPhone you did have to hold the phone very unnaturally in a tight grip to get a signal reduction. This phone has issues when just flat in the hand, very poor.

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  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969


    bluetooth, wi-fi

    It's not when taking calls - it's a wi-fi, blue tooth issue, rather than a cell antenna issue?

    Although it may still be an issue for some, that does lesson the issue somewhat- it isn't often the case that you are using wi-fi with the phone rested flat on top of the hand.

    When there is no doubt that the phone is in my hand (although not flat, but gripped)- is when I'm holding it up to my face because I'm using it to take or send a call.

    It might be worth trying one first, but - the issue with the iPhone 4 was that people were having calls dropped.

    They didn't demonstrate that today - but a different type of issue.

  1. aussiearn

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Smart Phone??

    UMM isn't this suppose toi be a smart phone! Why pay for this if it can only do calls??? You can plenty of free phones that do calls. You pay the extra for wifi and bluetooth because you want the features they provide. A smart phone that can't get you email. surf the web, or more importantly sync to a headset (CA driving law) is a waste of time and money!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Poor

    The iPhone death grip did not require you to hold the phone in an unnatural position. It may not have been 'natural' for you, but it was for others (especially left-handers).

    But who cares, since we all know it never existed.

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Attention macnn Editards

    Headline should read...

    "HTC Sensation may face iPhone-Like 'death grip' with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi"



    - Sent from my Android Device.

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