An HTC spokesman told Computerweekly "Quality in industrial design is of key importance to HTC. To ensure the best possible signal strength, antennas are placed in the area least likely to be covered by a person’s face or hands while the phone is in use."
He however acknowledged that covering the antenna would reduce signal strength, something which should be obvious to most people.
"â€¦, it is inevitable that a phone’s signal strength will weaken a little when covered in its entirety by a user’s palm or fingers. â€œ
He continued â€œWe test all of our phones extensively and are confident that under normal circumstances reception strength and performance will be more than sufficient for the operation of the phone when network coverage is also adequate,"
While there are numerous complaints about the HTC HD7 having poor reception, this could very well be related to T-Mobile USA having a marginal 3G network.
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