Al Sacco’s Video And RIM’s Response to Steve Job’s “Death Grip” Statement

July 18, 2010 | By | 5 Comments

This is getting to be nearly as entertaining as a reality show. The iPhone has received quite the publicity lately over the “Death Grip” and Apple held a press conference addressing the issue. Steve Jobs also presented a video and stating even a BlackBerry will lose signal when held in certain ways. RIM didn’t take long to respond.

According to, more than 3 million consumers have already purchased the iPhone. With the issue at hand, Apple’s solution is to give a protective rubber case to the consumers and refund the case to those who purchased it. His claim is that all phones have the issues when held in a certain way. His reasoning is that the antenna can be blocked from reception by the way you hold the phone. All the dilemma  is being referred to as “Antennagate”.

RIM’s co-CEO’s Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie said in a prepared statement: “Apple’s attempt to draw RIM into Apple’s self-made debacle is unacceptable. Apple’s claims about RIM products appear to be deliberate attempts to distort the public’s understanding of an antenna design issue and to deflect attention from Apple’s difficult situation,” and further stated, “One thing is for certain, RIM’s customers don’t need to use a case for their BlackBerry smartphone to maintain proper connectivity,” which says it all.

CIO’s Al Sacco even put his personal 9700 to the test to see if he could duplicate the so called “Death Grip” of the iPhone on a BlackBerry. The most that it fluctuated was a bar or so. And he had to use quite a smothering grip to get that, a grip many of us would never use unless we were falling and trying to protect our phone. You can read about his thoughts and watch Al’s video here.

I wonder if the case would make a difference or if it’s the network. One thing is certain, he should have addressed the issue of the phone instead of trying to imply that all smartphones are the same. To address your issues is one thing, to try and pull other manufactures and devices in is quite another. Especially when no one has had issues that are important enough to complain about them.

What are your opinions about it? Have you experienced the “Death Grip” syndrome with your BlackBerry? What do you think about Steve Jobs implications?

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