HTC responds to HD7 ‘death grip’ accusations

T-Mobile HTC HD7

T-Mobile HTC HD7

Earlier this week, reports began surfacing that death-gripping the HTC HD7 causes signal attenuation, a phenomena also exhibited by the Apple iPhone 4. As we saw with the iPhone and its ensuing “Antennagate” saga, this signal loss was captured on video, posted on YouTube, and widely reported across the tech blogs.

As expected, HTC has responded to these reports and has issued the following statement about the HD7 and signal attenuation:

“Quality in industrial design is of key importance to HTC. 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,”

In the end, this signal attenuation issue is something that affects all mobile phones. When the antenna of any mobile phone is covered by your hand, the signal will go down. Manufacturers can lessen signal loss by placing an antenna internally in a location that is normally not covered by your hand.

Signal loss can also be lessened by consumers who may have to learn to hold the phone in a way that does not cover the antenna. It also helps to be in an area with good cellular coverage so you can absorb the loss of a bar or two without dropping your connection.

Rather than continue to find this antenna flaw in every handset on the market (which you could probably do if you tried hard enough), can we all just move on?

[Via ComputerWeekly]

  • http://twitter.com/Inacurate JLA

    Now that the iPhone’s badly designed antenna has vaulted into the spotlight the existence of this thing called “technology”, every Apple consumer who feels they “have to defend” their “precious” is going to continue proving that it’s not just the iPhone….even when the conditions are not exactly the same, making their findings irrelevant.

    Not to mention, what else is there to report on and talk about? Mobile news is slow these days, since all eyes are looking towards just Google and Apple, thinking they are the only two on the market!

  • http://twitter.com/Inacurate JLA

    Now that the iPhone’s badly designed antenna has vaulted into the spotlight the existence of this thing called “technology”, every Apple consumer who feels they “have to defend” their “precious” is going to continue proving that it’s not just the iPhone….even when the conditions are not exactly the same, making their findings irrelevant.

    Not to mention, what else is there to report on and talk about? Mobile news is slow these days, since all eyes are looking towards just Google and Apple, thinking they are the only two on the market!

  • http://twitter.com/DominicTravers dominictravers

    No we cannot just move on. The antenna performance of iPhone 4, and many HTC models is poor even when they are not being held in the hand. Also the firmware controlling the power going to the radio chips in HTC devices causes erratic performance. I have a number of phones and find that the HTCs often get no signal at all when another can show 2 bars and make a call. It’s a well know engineering fact that companies from the telephony side of mobile have much better antenna design patents than the popular new smartphone OEMs.

    • http://twitter.com/CYBERWEESJE van wesemael tom

      hi i have owned a lot of htc smartphones htc touch tp2 desire and none have had signal isseus

  • Anonymous

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