The arrival of the iPhone4 and the days of ‘Antennagate’ are still relatively fresh in our memories – remember the loss of cellular signal with the GSM version of the iPhone when it was held in a “death grip” position. Before the Verizon iPhone4’s launch, several sources told ‘iLounge’ to be on the lookout for a similar problem, which was being referred to as the ‘death hug.’
Now the Verizon iPhone has hit the market with its modified antenna design and ‘iLounge’ took time out to see whether the new iDevice presents similar problems. They took the Verizon iPhone and tested it by applying first the ‘grip’ and then the ‘hug’ – brings a whole new meaning to ‘loving something to bits’.
After performing the test, they published a video on ‘YouTube’ where it is possible to see that the new, redesigned-antenna iPhone still has the same problems as its counterpart. When applied, the ‘death grip’ caused a loss of cellular signal strength, but that is not all — the ‘death hug’ managed to kill the Wi-Fi reception.
As seen in this video of the antenna attenuation of the Verizon iPhone4, the CDMA iPhone4 can still lose substantial cellular signal strength when held in the ‘death grip’ position as well as losing Wi-Fi signal when held in a different position – both resulting in a noticeable slowing or complete stalling of the reception of data.
It appears that the problem with Wi-Fi reception occurs when the device is held snugly in landscape orientation with both hands. However, according to reports posted by readers who have already purchased their Verizon iPhone, many users have not reported this as a problem so this may not be the real problem that it is made out to be.
‘Macrumors’ notes that all phones suffer from some attenuation loss when gripped tightly in certain ways, a phenomenon caused by the human body’s ability to absorb signals in the range used for cellular and wireless networks. Maybe it is just because we really ‘love our iPhones to death’ ?