The infamous â€œAntenna-gateâ€ is estimated to have lost Apple 10-20% of their iPhone 4 sales in Q3 2010. Now the HTC HD7 is being accused of having the same issue â€“ losing signal when held normally in the hand, ultimately dropping the signal.
Geekword.net claims this is due to the placement of the antenna â€“ in the bottom of the handset, where your palm would normally rest.
I do believe however that the issue is misunderstood- of course covering the antenna, placed in the bottom of the handset so it could be as far as possible from oneâ€™s ear in normal use will reduce reception. Antenna-gate however was due to the iPhone 4 losing signal by simply shorting the exposed antenna with one finger, requiring the phone to be covered with a case to prevent this.
It is however reasonable to say that, in poor signal areas, HTC HD7 owners may want to hold their phone â€œdifferentlyâ€ to improve signal strength, but Antenna-gate this is not.