So is "Death Grip" the official term?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by helpmejbna, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. helpmejbna macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2010
  2. RonHC macrumors 6502a


    Apr 27, 2010
  3. som3one109 macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2010
    The way you hold it is irrelevant, the only thing that matters is if the antennas are connected. It only takes one finger to lose signal.
  4. br0adband macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2006
    Actually, it does, because there's two different issues as most everyone keeps missing:

    Signal attenuation (degrading the signal, losing bars, etc) = holding it the hand, period.

    Signal and service interruption (losing signal, losing bars, losing service totally) = bridging the seam between the two antennas.

    Similar, but two different and very reproducible effects for many people. Simply holding the phone in the hand does one thing, one level of attenuation, while holding it and making contact on that seam with the hand or using a fingertip alone can and will cause some serious crap to happen, for those of us experiencing the problems.

    I call my particular experience the Dim Mak fingertip-of-death, personally... :)
  5. som3one109 macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2010
    Yes, every device with an antenna will suffer attenuation when you cup it with your hand, that isn't the problem that effects iPhones specifically. It's the fact that you are forced to bridge the antennas that causes the major signal issues.

    Jobs was right, general attenuation by cupping a phone isn't an issue to be frustrated with, it happens with every device and is completely unavoidable due to physics. The only thing that was wrong with Jobs's statement was that it was a gigantic strawman.

    It only takes one finger to incapacitate an iPhone 4. That's a sign of ****** design.
  6. Krevnik macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2003
    Well, the second issue is more that you blend the two antennas into one bigger one which isn't the right length for the GSM signals, so you lose a ton of signal, versus a little.

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