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The Cup

LONDON, England – We’ve been looking around and noticed there are many ways to hold your Nokia device. Whether you’re left-handed or right-handed, there’s no shortage of ways to hold your phone. We’ve highlighted a few after the jump, but let us know your favourite in the comments.

The thumb

Thumb and finger
Elegant in appearance, this method requires you to grip the phone by its edges, with the thumb on one vertical edge and one to four fingers on the opposite edge.

For larger devices, you might like to place the index finger towards the centre of the top of the device for extra stability.

The Cup

The cup
Popular with smaller devices, and typically comfortable for longer phone calls, the cup basically enables you to cup the phone with your whole hand. This might result in much of the phone’s edges being covered and the back of the device sitting snugly in the palm of your hand – but don’t be concerned about this, it won’t impact the device’s performance. QWERTY device users will also find this handy for tapping out messages and navigating the phone, as the thumb is typically left free with much of the device’s weight being carried by the palm.

The balance

The balance
This is a tricky one to pull off, but like the cup is actually quite useful for QWERTY users. Use your little finger as a ledge for the bottom edge of the phone to rest on, with the index and middle fingers performing a double act to keep the device stable at the back, typically near the bottom of the device, creating the balance effect. We wouldn’t recommend this as being practical for phone calls, but it does work great for messaging and device navigation.

The four

The four edge grip
Regardless of the size of your hands, the Four Edge Grip (FEG, for short) is a universal grip which involves all of your fingers and thumb, each having hold of one edge of the device (the middle and ring fingers actually double up to provide an opposing force to the much stronger thumb). You’ll find a little gap develops between the back of the phone and the palm, which is useful. For something.

We’ve found any of the four grips mentioned above to be both comfortable and as you can see, offer no signal degradation whatsoever. This isn’t a feature you’ll only find on high-end Nokia devices either. It’s something that’s been a part of pretty much every Nokia device ever made (perhaps with the exception of that teardrop 3G one, which was a bit ridiculous).

The key function on any Nokia device is its ability to make phone calls. After all, that’s why we know them universally as mobile phones (or smart phones, feature phones or mobile computers – though the same grip styles work for those, too). One of the main things we’ve found about the 1 billion plus Nokia devices that are in use today is that when making a phone call, people generally tend to hold their phone like a…. well, like a phone. Providing a wide range of methods and grips for people to hold their phones, without interfering with the antennae, has been an essential feature of every device Nokia has built.

Of course, feel free to ignore all of the above because realistically, you’re free to hold your Nokia device any way you like. And you won’t suffer any signal loss. Cool, huh?