Apple took loads of heat earlier this year due to the issues surrounding the iPhone 4 so-called ‘Death Grip’ which causes the signal strength to plummet when the phone is held a certain way. Apple replied by saying that all smartphones suffer from this issue to a certain degree, a point that HTC notably took issue with.

Unfortunately for Apple, the popularity of their products put a huge red target on their backs, and the fact that they didn’t properly own up to the issues didn’t help them much either.

But that’s not the end of this story. Now, another popular phone manufacturer, HTC, is caught in the middle of a similar controversy with their flagship Windows Phone 7, the HTC HD7…

Here is a video showing how the HTC HD7 suffers from similar antenna issues:

Hilariously enough, HTC has taken a similar stance to Apple, defending itself with the following reasoning:

“To ensure the best possible signal strength, antennas are placed in the area least likely to be covered by a person’s face or hands while the phone is in use. However, it is inevitable that a phone’s signal strength will weaken a little when covered in its entirety by a user’s palm or fingers. We test all of our phones extensively and are confident that under normal circumstances reception strength and performance will be more than sufficient for the operation of the phone when network coverage is also adequate.”

I think even Steve would be impressed with that verbal ballet routine, don’t you?



  • Bradibiza

    HTC won’t get anywhere near as much media attention for it. It’s still argued that the iPhone problem is a network issue with many users around the world claiming the can not produce the death grip. Strangly enough I’ve never tried it. IMO it has no side effect for the end user.

    • Z

      Is that why Apple is changing the location of the antenna in the next design?

  • tim

    Eh who cares! More IPhone info please!

  • Colin

    That’s a great signal meter, really reacts quickly to the changes in signal strength. Much more honest than most.

    Colin. (iPhone user)

  • The Rock

    Please, everyone knows this is either Windows phone’s sucking like they always do or T-Mobile sucking like usually. I see this to be a normal thing in my eyes, but HTC can take that for all that crap about “oh at least we don’t give cases to our customers as a fix” when addressing the videos Crapple did with everyone’s phones

  • Thomas

    I still haven’t replicated the death grip on my iPhone. I live in south Florida a few miles from the beach and have solid five bars until I go into a certain dead zone farther inland. I have worse signal with my case on than I do with it off, but I find the case a must! I am very disappointed in Apple and the iPhone and plan to move to sprint for a nice HTC phone. I’d go to the EVO right now, but I still have two years with AT&T left “/.

  • Benl

    @ Thomas

    Better get 2 batteries and a charger, as well an touch for the app store if you want that Evo. your going to need

  • Ken

    I got soooo much crap from this owning the ip4 ( don’t have the prob though ) from my fandroid friends. I just attatched a link to this to ALL of them FUNNY it’s been a while and I got no responses hahahhahhha this is great news to start the new year.

  • JMC

    Ya…. only the big dogs get the attention, and hey. What would HTC have to say if there were no problems with the Apple antenna.

    The issue does exist for the Apple – I tested it and it does exist but if you can get past the naked phone need and at least use a bumper – the reception is BETTER than most.

    Not a fan of Apple either – but of the truth and the technical advantages of any aspect of any device. And there is logic in most of these.