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Review: Does the HD7 have the "Death Grip" or not! Lets find out!

3.5By Frank Dominik December 04, 2010 01:19 AM

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Review: Does the HD7 have the "Death Grip" or not! Lets find out!

Alright, with all this talk going around about devices from all makes, models, OS's, colors, shapes, and so on have antenna gate the latest one being the HD7 from HTC.  I just had to share my real findings with my HD7 I just got yesterday.  This debate has been going on too long and has really been beaten to death, here are my findings:

With the phone held "normally" my signal is full strength.  (See photo below)


With the phone held like a primate I only lost 1-2 bars of signal strength.  (See photo below)


I never understood this Antenna gate with any phone, in order to get the phone to drop it you have to literally hold the phone like you have no fingers.  Of course the phone will drop signal if you totally cover the Antenna.  Now could manufactures put the Antenna in the top of the phone?  Perhaps, but it's also possible there is a reason why they are all putting it on the bottom.  However that being said, the HD7 seems to hardly suffer much from the problem so it seems HTC has done a great job with fixing it.

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By theoriginal15 December 04, 2010 02:56 AM

Thanks for the review, Frank! :) I have the HD7 and there has been no problems. I'm not sure how the subject went sour but you seemed to have clarified it.

Can you do a review on the speaker sound as well? I put my Touch Pro2 and HD7 side-by-side at full volume playing the same song file and, by far, the HD7 was definitely louder! Yet, this is another sore subject with many.

Overall, Windows Phone 7 is a great OS, compared to my Touch Pro2 and Xperia X1.


By Prolapse December 04, 2010 07:42 PM

Hi! (From France)
I have an HD7, i have this problem too...


By Moandal December 05, 2010 08:38 AM

What problem would that be Prolapse? That you don't have any fingers and hold your phone like a primate?


By Prolapse December 05, 2010 01:12 PM

Ok, did you already try to take the phone in the street? So, if you don't care to drop down (sorry for my english), you can use with your fingertips. but personnaly, i use it with all my hand. It's the same things when i call someone with my bluetooth speaker: i walk and really use all my hand to take the phone. So the reception go down top... You can use your phone like the first picture only if you're at home or in your bed (if you want), but not in the street sorry...


By frankd14321 December 05, 2010 03:03 PM

Well I don't walk around on the street but in a store or something I still hold my phone like in the first picture, its easier and more natural. I can see how if ur left handed than naturally you may have more problems than others but my point is, u really have to try to drop signal on this phone.


By Prolapse December 05, 2010 01:13 PM

(my english is verry bad)


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