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Verizon iPhone 4 Reportedly Falls Prey To Death Grip

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You'd think that after protracted debacle of the AT&T iPhone 4's attenuation problems, Apple would have made absolutely certain to fix the issue completely before the Verizon version hit. But this iLounge video indicates otherwise. Antennagate 2.0?

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To be fair, this hasn't been a widely reported issue either in reviews or by word of mouth. So let's take this video—convincing demonstration though it is—with a grain of salt. Like you needed another reason to wait for iPhone 5 anyway. [iLounge]

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I can't believe we're still going in circles over this issue. As we all should have learned months ago, there are TWO TYPES of antenna attenuation:

1. The "death grip", where you do all you can to cover the entire antenna area with human flesh (ie. your hands) until the signal drops. Apple showed that many phones have the same issue, and of course we all know this is not a real-world problem except perhaps for people with hands the size of their head.

2. The "light touch to the magic spot" (my wording), where you touch the black band in the iPhone 4's antenna which lies on the lower-left side of the phone. As long as your finger is bridging the metal bands across that black spacer, bars would drop and download speeds would slow if the conditions were right. This is an iPhone-specific issue. Apple did not acknowledge it at all. This was the issue that caused the most headaches for people, because it was hard NOT to cause the problem in everyday use. Any plastic case does fix this however.

The guy in this video is demonstrating Issue #1. It's not news and not a surprise. It is also pretty irrelevant to every-day phone use. Issue #2 is the Achilles heel of the iPhone 4. He hasn't address this at all. I would hope Apple fixed that problem, but no one has tested it yet that I know of.