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HTC One X users report iPhone 4-like ‘death grip’ for Wi-Fi

Updated 4 years ago
Published Jun 11th, 2012 8:25PM EDT

The HTC One X may be one of the spiffiest new Android devices so far this year but some One X users are reporting that design flaws are impeding their ability to connect to Wi-Fi. As Dustin Karnes at Android Guys reports, an Xda-Developers member called bigoliver has found that the One X can potentially have several Wi-Fi related problems that will either adversely affect the device’s battery life or render it totally incapable of connecting to Wi-Fi networks. Bigoliver says One X users can test out their devices to see if it suffers from Wi-Fi problems by “gently [squeezing] the side back of your phone, between the camera lens and the volume buttons. Next, check to see “if your WIFI signal strength improves only to drop back down when you stop squeezing.” If so, then your device has Wi-Fi connectivity issues and you’ll want to trade it in for a new one. If you’ve already passed your exchange period for the One X, well, you’re in trouble because Bigoliver has devised a fairly complicated way for fixing it that involves duct tape and a soldering iron.

The good news, though, is that an HTC representative has posted in the Xda-Developers forums that the the company is aware of the issue and is asking for feedback to help the company’s engineering team pinpoint the problem.


Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.