With the Verizon iPhone officially going on sale this week, iLounge is reporting that the death grip issue observed on the original iPhone 4 remains on the Verizon iPhone. This in spite of reports that reception on the new CDMA iPhone is quite stellar and that Apple employed dual-antennas to alleviate signal attenuation issues.
As seen in this Verizon iPhone 4 antenna attenuation video, the CDMA iPhone 4 can still lose substantial cellular signal strength when held in the prior “death grip” position, as well as Wi-Fi signal when held in a different position, in each case noticeably slowing or completely stalling the reception of data.
The problem with Wi-Fi reception appears when the device is held snugly in landscape orientation with two hands. Prior to the Verizon iPhone 4’s launch, sources told iLounge to be on the lookout for the issue, which was being referred to as the ‘death hug.”