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Video Shows Death Grip Issues on Verizon iPhone

Video Shows Death Grip Issues on Verizon iPhone

The antenna design of the Verizon iPhone was tweaked slightly to work on the carrier's CDMA network. It was not, however, tweaked enough to totally eliminate "antennagate" issues.

iLounge has done some hands-on (no pun intended) testing of the Verizon iPhone, and managed to duplicate the "death grip" issue of the AT&T iPhone 4, where holding the iPhone 4 in the "wrong way," bridging the gap in the lower left hand side of the phone caused signal attenuation and data slowdown.  That issue eventually brought free cases to all for a time, and still continues to allow free cases on a (once again, no pun intended) case-by-case basis.

However, iLounge also managed to duplicate something it had been warned about prior to the Verizon iPhone launch, which it called the "death hug." Holding the phone in both hands and in landscape mode, with wi-fi on, data transfer is slowed dramatically.  To be clear, this is when the device is transferring data over wi-fi, not 3G.


Both scenarios are visible in the video below. Both are also fixed as in the AT&T iPhone 4: any type of case.

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Umm if I hold my WIFI routers antennae in my hand it lowers the outgoing signal ratio. So holding a phone fully encased in both hands, of course in landscape mode would obviously do this. I wonder if this UBER Apple Faithful (or so it would seem) website seems to feel some threat from Verizon getting the phone, or is it the opposite, and they are attempting to say that just by default the iPhone has connection issues of some sort?

This is something that states a known issue for a regional radio signal (home wifi). So it would seem to give us no extra knowledge, but that I do find comical in a way. They should do this experiment, grab an AM radio, and turn it on then hold as much of the antennae as they can with both hands, and of course record it for Youtube so we can all see what miraculously (through the serious design flaw of it's manufacturer will do).

Or better yet turn on a gas burner and hold there hands above it I bet they would get burned, but being as experimental as they seem to be they could find out it will do so which would obviously be a design flaw! I hear driving a car into a cement wall will at the least scratch up the body to.

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Without trying to take too much away from your arguement, your router's antennas are relatively low-power, low-amplitude units that BROADCAST, whereas your phone is RECEIVING a very-high amplitude broadcast from an outside antenna.

Anyway, cellular signal is meant to be able to go through basic environmental object such as a few walls or a couple trees (which is why you can call/text people inside a house). Based on this alone I don't see why the iPhone's antenna wouldn't be able to receive cellular signal if it is partially covered (with the "death" grip). So I would definitely call this a design flaw on Apple's part for using "cheap" hardware/engineering. I don't want to take away from the enginuity of the company as a whole of course, but for this particular piece of hardware they have failed....with multiple cellular providers.

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If i hold my motorla milestone like that.... i drop a bar. i just did the test right now. Look, i'm not defending apple here.... but these terms are getting way out of control.

Hell, these are signals... waves, u can block waves. If i put a light bulb in a shoe box.. i should complain and say... OMG, THIS LIGHT BULB SUCKS!!

This has been overplayed way to much here now.

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My comment above was posted though i thought it wasnt. Moderators, feel free to delete this

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lol well, who knows what they are getting at. :P. But one this is that they did it with the case on as well so that shows it isn't because of the blocked waves... So idk, up to you on what u think.

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know whats funny? Only the tech community really cares about this. All the sheeple will still buy the iPhone on big red because everyone they know has it so they HAVE to have it. apple wins because they market to the non-techs (who make up a majority of the people in the world) and sell a crap ton of everything.

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Well the whole thing here is if you read the article not based on wireless cellular signal though it is saying the wifi signal as I quote ice91785

"However, iLounge also managed to duplicate something it had been warned about prior to the Verizon iPhone launch, which it called the "death hug." Holding the phone in both hands and in landscape mode, with wi-fi on, data transfer is slowed dramatically. To be clear, this is when the device is transferring data over wi-fi, not 3G."

I would say that is a test on the wireless not the cellular signal, and or "data over wifi, not 3G"!

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rapid1:

Well the whole thing here is if you read the article not based on wireless cellular signal though it is saying the wifi signal as I quote ice91785

"However, iLounge also managed to duplicate something it had been warned about prior to the Verizon iPhone launch, which it called the "death hug." Holding the phone in both hands and in landscape mode, with wi-fi on, data transfer is slowed dramatically. To be clear, this is when the device is transferring data over wi-fi, not 3G."

I would say that is a test on the wireless not the cellular signal, and or "data over wifi, not 3G"!

I stopped after they showed the slowed 3G with deathgrip, not that I went back to watch it I see what you are saying. BUT! my point still stands...bad engineering and -1 for Apple on this. 

 

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