To solve the death grip, I put a piece (double layer) of bodyguardz skin material (left over from my HTC EVO) over the band. That has helped it alot. The bars still drop, but they don't disconnect the calls or slow down the internet to a halt. Even with the death grip issue, its still a better phone then my HTC EVO. The phone is fun to use, and works. I spent a day over in Canada and since I was near the border, I was still able to connect to AT&T towers. No roaming charges! I was still able to use the internet and call without roaming charges. While i'm still concerned over the death grip issue, I will be keeping the phone. How about you?