Just a few days ago, we saw videos of the HTC HD7 suffering from the same death grip signal woes that plagued the iPhone 4 earlier this year, and now HTC has stepped forward with their response to the issue. The company explained that HTC places antennas in its handsets where they will be least likely to be covered by the user's hands or face. Still, the company says, it's "inevitable" that a device's signal will degrade when totally covered up. You can find the full statement below:
"Quality in industrial design is of key importance to HTC. To ensure the best possible signal strength, antennas are placed in the area least likely to be covered by a person's face or hands while the phone is in use."
"However, it is inevitable that a phone's signal strength will weaken a little when covered in its entirety by a user's palm or fingers. We test all of our phones extensively and are confident that under normal circumstances reception strength and performance will be more than sufficient for the operation of the phone when network coverage is also adequate."
It's good that HTC has come out and addressed the situation, and I'm inclined to agree with their statement. Yeah, it's disappointing that the HD7 will quickly lose its signal when you give it the squeeze, but just about any other phone would have the same issue. Plus, there's the possibility that some of the signal degradation is entirely the fault of T-Mobile and their network. After looking over your comments and hearing the experiences of others, the whole HD7 death grip situation doesn't seem to be a widespread problem. As long as you avoid putting a choke hold on your HD7, you and your reception should be ok.