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General HTC G2/Desire Z weak wifi when held a certain way

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by ilikeube, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. ilikeube

    ilikeube New Member
    Thread Starter

    Jan 23, 2011
    Hey there guys, i currently have an issue with my recently purchased G2. Whenever i have the keyboard out holding vertically, i noticed my wifi signal started to decrease when i held at a certain position with my left hand. I usually have my left index finger resting on the side of the keyboard (top part of the phone), whenever i am holding it horizontally and i have noticed that the wifi drops considerable when doing so from 3 to 1, indicated by the wifi signal on the phone.

    Any of you guys have the same problem? Try covering the top part of the phone or the left side of the phone if its held landscape (the area where t-mobile logo is) and tell me if your wifi strength decreases. Thanks guys!


  2. Stuntman

    Stuntman Well-Known Member

    Nov 18, 2010
    Vancouver, Canada
    It happens to me when I am in a spot where the signal is weak in my house. I still get signal. I do not lose it completely. I can still surf the net even with just one bar.
  3. Slug

    Slug Check six!

    Aug 1, 2009
    Mobile phone retail
    Inverness, UK
    Nope, I can't replicate the problem with my DZ.
  4. arpitnathany

    arpitnathany Active Member

    Nov 20, 2010
    Yes this happens, when you put your hand on the wifi antenna located on the top right hand area on the back,(which naturally happens when you hold the phone in landscape mode).I have tested this, when in landscape mode and holding the phone with both hands(.i.e naturally) the signal drops from -41 dbm to -53dbm thats a huge loss of 12 dbm but since i am sitting just next to my router, even that huge a loss is not enough to cause a signal drop (it still shows full bars), but when i move further away from the router say to the next room (30-40 feet through two walls) the loss in the signal is enough to drop me down to just one bar from a full four, but as stuntman put it i can still browse the internet fine only the phone gets a little hot, seems HTC put the antenna in a very weird location knowing that our hands would cover it when using the keyboard, well cant be helped anyways. This can also occur when using the phone normally in portrait mode(but its not as bad as landscape mode), you just have remember holding the phone from the lower half and not the top where the wifi antenna is located.

    I have to say the wifi reception on this phone is excellent only the location of the antenna is suspect not the quality.

    Its Desire z's own little antennagate

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