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Author Topic: The End To The Death Grip Issue  (Read 4304 times)
« on: December 27, 2011, 12:26:28 pm »

At first I didn't consider the death grip (when the wifi signal drops when you cover the top part of the phone with your hand) a big problem because I surf the net in portrait mode. I'm not fond of accidentally brushing the capacitive keys when I use the phone in landscape mode. But sometimes when I have to hold the phone with one hand and I have no option but to cover the top portion, my currently active download gets cut. This led me to find a solution to the death grip.

The material you need is simple: aluminum foil. You can use any brand of foil for this solution. We use aluminum because it's a conductor which is thin and can take the shape of the contour of the antenna. The next thing you do is cut 2 small pieces of foil and fold it so it can cover the two antennas on the back cover. Next, you have to press the foil so it can cover the antennae (also to prevent it from sliding out of place when you slide in the phone).

And voila! You can now use the phone in landscape mode without worrying about the death grip.

What got me thinking on this solution is actually simple. When we use the phone in landscape mode, our hand covers the two antennas. So what I did was connect the bottom antenna to the aluminum body so the whole body will act as the antenna. The top antenna is covered by the aluminum foil so the foil acts as an extender for the antenna. This way, even if you cover the two antennas by your hand, the phone can still receive wifi signal. This solution worked peachy for me; I hope it will work for you guys too.
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« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2011, 01:04:44 pm »

Every time I read reports of an HTC One X (or any other HTC late model mobile phone) having a so-called "iPhone Death Grip" similar issue, it always reads like the user preferring to blame an inanimate object for the reception failure instead of acknowledging the issue as a shortcoming of their own application or that of their respective mobile network.  Since thousands of other HTC One X users testify their phone does not and has never had this issue, my opinion again leans in this direction. Of course everyone, including me,  sees things they way they choose.

Quote from: capscom0227
When we use the phone in landscape mode, our hand covers the two antennas... This led me to find a solution to the death grip. The material you need is simple: aluminum foil

Instead of putting aluminum foil on my beautiful new phone (a concept I personally find ridiculous) I would first consider changing how I held the phone.  I don't choose to hold my phone that way. Maybe that's why I, and most users, don't have that problem  Smiley

Best Screen Protector
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2011, 06:10:11 am »

No offense but like I said, I don't hold the phone in landscape mode or when I do, I try not to touch the top portion of the phone. I liked the htc One X better than the samsung galaxy s2 that' why I bought it even though I've seen proof of the so-called death grip. My previous post was not to blame htc or whatever. I posted it for those people who would like to find a way to get around the said issue. (Note: the foil was inside the back cover, over the antennas; it won't be visible).

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion so no issue there. Also, the solution worked for me; I'm not forcing it on anyone. Just wanted to share. Merry Christmas to all!!!
Best Screen Protector
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