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Galaxy Nexus LTE Signal Is More Accurate Than Others, There May Be No Problem

Our friends over at AnandTech did quite the investigation on the reported signal strength issue with the Galaxy Nexus. Users were reporting numerous dropped calls and a weak 4G LTE signal – I for one have only seen higher than 3 bars once. While the signal strength was lacking, I never experienced speeds anywhere close to the level of 3G and continuously averaged 16Mbps down.

After investigating the issue, AnandTech has reported that there isn’t really any issue at all. In fact, the Galaxy Nexus (thanks to ICS) is reporting the accurate number of bars, where as non-ICS 4G LTE phones are showing three to four bars over their true amount. Additionally, when going to Settings > Menu > About Phone > Status on a non-ICS device the reported signal strength is actually 3G and not the 4G signal. In the image above, you can see that the Galaxy Nexus and DROID Charge have a very similar signal strength, however the Charge shows four bars of service while the Nexus is showing the accurate one-bar.

All in all, you should not use the signal bars to judge your 4G LTE strength. You can sleep soundly knowing that the Galaxy Nexus features the same signal strength as all of Verizon’s 4G LTE devices. Remember, Verizon is improving their 4G LTE network each month, it is a work in progress and it will only get better.

Via: AnandTech

  • Ryan McAvoy

    Then explain why my Thunderbolt got 4G LTE from my home, and I’m only getting 3G here with the Gnex.

  • sean fl

    I’m in a area that only supports 3G but before update from 4.0.2 to4.0.4 I was dropping off Verizon’s cdma network and having to do a power off almost 15x a day, No internet, couldn’t even make calls. The signal strength indicated nothing all gray. Now I’m on 4.0.4 and still 3G. what it does is were the signal bars are, it has a up and down arrow the up arrow will still show up but down arrow has a X over it. And it won’t load anything till the X goes away. Anyone help.

  • Rmadler

    What the author is saying is correct but he is not addressing the issue of losing connectivity altogether. I am having an issue of losing all network connectivity. I need to reboot the device to reconnect to the network. My son has the same issue with his phone. I don’t understand how I can be sitting at my desk with good 4g connectivity and without moving the phone, it loses the network and I need to reboot. I have been assuming that when the phone goes to sleep and then wakes up, it is not reconnecting to the network. Now this does not happen all the time but it does happen a couple of times a day.

  • Ocorral

    I have the phone right in front of me. There are definite connection issues. This article is wrong. the phone goes between 1X, 3G and 4G sporadically, drops calls, the other person cant hear me sometimes, and the GPS takes forever to find the phone or never does.