Vengeance must feel sweet for iPhone 4 owners who suffered through the infamous “death grip” issue. Cellphone antennas can be fickle sometimes. Case design and antenna placement within the case must be carefully calculated to ensure proper signal reception and even then, extraneous factors such as protective cases or human hands can be enough to affect the electrical properties of the device’s antenna and hinder proper antenna function. The iPhone 4 suffered a “death grip” problem that resulted in excessive signal drops. It was fixed by applying a “bumper” to the phone’s case (the next iPhone had dual antennas). Now we hear that the upcoming Droid Razr HD and Droid Razr Maxx HD are suffering from similar problems.
Packing cellular antennas into increasingly thin devices escalates the problem even further. In Motorola’s case, Howard Forum reports that the size and shape of the antenna as well as placement within the case caused a signal drop problem that was recognized by hardware testers. Luckily, good quality control testing let Motorola find the problem before the phone hit the market. The Droid Razr M was not affected by the problem.
The Droid Razr HD and Droid Razr Maxx HD are expected before the end of 2012 but it may be a tight race to make it before the holiday season begins.