Death Grip on iPhone 4: Verizon BlackBerry 9650 Test

By Alan Ng - Jul 18, 2010

We are sure you tuned into Apple’s press conference event on Friday, where Steve Jobs compared the iPhone 4 reception/antenna problems with a few other handsets on the market.

We have another ‘death grip’ test to show you now, this time using the BlackBerry 9650 on Verizon – a handset which wasn’t included in Steve Jobs’ debriefing on Friday.

The video test comes to us courtesy of BGR, who want to see whether the 9650 will drop signal when held in the infamous position and in turn, back up Steve Jobs’ admission that ‘every’ phone will have this problem.

As you can see from the video, the answer is yes – The signal bars drop from 4 to 2 once held in the death grip position – what are your thoughts on this?

Try it out with your current handset and let us know the results. Just to let you guys know, I also tried the death grip test on the HTC Legend, and it only dropped one bar when held in that position.

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  • Paddy

    Nothin! (Blackberry 8900)

  • roni dayan

    it’s true, anyone who has touched the antenna on their cellphone will have experienced some disruption. i constantly swipe the antenna on my nokia which creates static and a couple of dropped bars. ironically, maybe it was fate that the iphone 4 has brought this problem to light. after all, it’s often referred to as the “jesus” phone and now, this Grip of Death (GOD) uproar. So if the hand of god is at work here, then truly Steven J is the messiah. The Apple fanboys will lap this up. Hallelujah.

    PS- love you steve, i’ll take my bumper in orange thanks

  • freddy007

    What is steve jobs sayin ?that every phone loses reception when held on that way? Does it include the iphone 3G? I’ve never had my calls dropped on blackberry 8520 cos I held it in a certain way. Steve jobs better fix the problem and stop talkin he just can’t accept defeat and that’s a bad customer relation style

  • dmac

    not the same problem… Jobs has done a great job of masking the problem. putting you hand over the phone is simialar to going into a basement. you create more solid material for the signal to pass through before it gets to the anteanna inside the phone. The iPhone design puts the antenna on the outside of the phone allowing for direct contact with skin which “shorts” the RF signal from one end of the antenna to the other. this causes the iPhone to loose CONNECTIVITY not just signal. This is why the bumber is the solution. an iPhone 4 with a bumber on it will drop bars too (just like the tour in this example) when you put the death grip on it but at least with the cover it doesnt’ loose connectivity. the bubmer simply makes it a normal phone (antenna on the inside). Anyway jobs thinks we are all idiots, and apparently a few of us are…. Get your facts straight PR news!

  • john

    what is al this stuff about the 'death grip' ? i own a blackberry bold 9700 i tried a lot of positions no bar loss hmmm i dont understand is tis just stockmarket manipulation…. or what ? .the phone is great and works great .maybe it is the carriers signal or whatever. have a nice day guys and girls. its just a f*cking phone . if you drop is in the toilet or if it fals hard enough on the ground you can buy a new one anyway.


  • Jay

    It’s a Blackberry, who cares anymore. Their answer to a touch screen phone is one you have to click. Let’s stick to the Big Boys like Apple and Android.

    • Rei

      Big boys like android? You mean those guys who own 10% of the market share worldwide while blackberry sits at 20%. Yeah their huge.