HTC Sensation suffers from iPhone 4-style “death grip”

HTC Sensation suffers from iPhone 4-style “death grip”Remember I observed that the first wave of dual-core smartphones wasn’t exactly off to a great start, thanks to the LG Optimus 2X’s BSOD woes and the Samsung Galaxy S II’s screen problems?

And remember I joked that it was the HTC Sensation’s turn? Well, I wasn’t quite right when I predicted spontaneous combustion, but NordicHardware has discovered an iPhone 4-style problem when the HTC Sensation is gripped in a particular way.

The HTC Sensation has its antennae housed in its battery cover, on the lower rear of the phone. As such, laying the HTC Sensation flat in the palm of your hand appears to significantly reduce the signal for 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

NordicHardware has backed up its claims with a pair of YouTube videos, which do indeed appear to corroborate the “death grip” fears.

HTC has yet to comment.

Coming soon: Motorola Atrix attacked my cat.

via: Unwired View

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mrew42  Jun. 7, 2011 at 16:34

Sheesh. Given all the problems that we keep reading about with these new Dual Core Android wonders, i'm so glad i'm not an early adopter.
LG 2x, SGSII and now HTC Sensation issues.

Having said that, I can't imagine any time when i'd actually have a phone flat in the palm of my hand :/

blizzard7  Jun. 7, 2011 at 16:46

Uhh yeah why would you use your phone flat on your hand. In landscape mode you have 3 or 4 spread fingers on the back. This would also be nothing like the iPhone's problem where you have your fingers literally conducting the signal.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 7, 2011 at 17:48


JanSt / MOD  Jun. 7, 2011 at 17:48

Seems the Htc Sensation has another problem - dust under screen

nigelross32  Jun. 7, 2011 at 22:48

I have had my Sensation for 13 days and I am more than happy with it and no sign of any dust etc under the screen !

louiselouise  Jun. 8, 2011 at 05:01

On Androidforums they're saying the Desire S suffers from death grip too (?).

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 8, 2011 at 13:02

Here's the deal: whatever it is, it is not an 'iphone-style' death grip.
I've polished my tinfoil head, and I have convinced myself impressively that the iPhone's flaw was designed intentionally!
Apple wanted their stand-out glass design, but they knew they'd have to deal with truckloads of returned broken glass bricks. So, they needed to create an irresistable reason for people to use protection. Enter antennagate. We make a ridiculous antenna design that every radioshack clerk would laugh out of the store, but we make the phone so gorgeous that people won't care. Bang, millions of cases sold, glass protected, and a gazillion 'news' articles free of charge.
That is how it was done. Believe me.
Htc just slopped.

drunken_prozac  Jun. 8, 2011 at 20:57

Went to phones4u earlier for a play with the Sensation (unbranded)

Tried to replicate all the issues talked about, fast swiping menus worked fine, unlocking quickly worked fine and tried holding the phone many different ways to get the bluetooth and wifi to mess up but didn't falter (couldn't test 3g signal as no sim card).

Perhaps it was a faulty batch?



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