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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.

  • Metaphlo34

    That’s a bunch of crap because when the signal is low I get data connection errors and no internet access, nor can I make any calls. If what you are saying is true then I would have low bars and BLAZING 4G Speed. Not the case. Nice try.

  • Anonymous

    I have sensorly installed and right now, side by side:

    OG Droid says: -4dBm with 3g and 3bars showing. 
    Nexus says -65dBm with 3g and 4bars showing. 

    Well?

    • Anonymous

      -4dBm?

      • Anonymous

        Yes. it is fluxuating. -2dBm now right the middle of town. Is that ok?

        • Tyler Cameron

          Common sense dude. It doesn’t really have -4dBm. The only possible way to acieve that good a signal is to LITERALLY place it… about a 2-3 yards infront of the cellsite antenna.

          • Anonymous

            So the app that reads the signal is wrong then. Whatever the case the signal isn’t as good according to the bars, but I can still call and text etc… when needed. 

  • Jrsmith08

    I dont get how anyone can like this phone… I went from a bionic to
    this and this is by far the most inferior device ever. My bionic with
    extended battery got me 2 days of moderate usage. I have the extended
    battery on the Nexus and i dont get more than 5 hours. 10 min after its
    off the charger im at 87%. My screen brightness is set to MIN. All wires
    are off – 4g/wifi/gps/bluetooth/data. My phone has now been off charger
    for 2.3 hours and its at 60%… Android OS is 45% Screen is 22%. This
    is ABSURD. The phone has litteraly SAT in my pocket since taken off
    charger. I have practically ZERO of the apps that my bionic have in fear
    that they were not ICS compliant so i deleted them all thinking it
    would save battery, NOT the case. I am seeing everyone get these amazing
    battery times. I already returned the phone 1 time in suspicion it was a
    lemon, it was not – bc the new phone has the same sh*tty battery time.
    The screen is GREAT – but you cant turn up the brightness cus it will be
    dead in 5 min. This phone is a TOTAL WASTE. Going back to my BRICK of a
    Bionic until something with better battery life comes out or ICS
    updates their crap software. Plus no facebook integratoin and crappy
    low-res contact images are a deal breaker. Ill take the verizon
    bloatware and 2 days of battery. Samsung/Google need to fix this or I
    will be an Iphone 5 purchaser and I have been the most anti apple person
    ever.

    • Jrsmith08

      since last post – i noted it was at 60% and discharging. its now at 56%… only thing i have done is gone back on phone and checked battery 3-5 times over last 5 min then shutting screen off immediately. 4% for that and all my data stuff is turned off. pathetic.

  • Anonymous

    AnandTech is full if HORSE SHIT…i recieve no 4g symbol when i reach into my house. They 3g symbol comes on and stays on with one bar of service screw what they are saying.

  • Anonymous

    I put my phone and 2 coworker’s phones (Droid Charge by Samsung as well) in 3G only mode, and did a test of dBm in several locations.  The Droid Charges were always much better with thier signal. My work building has a Verizon tower on it, and the Charge’s reception reflects that (-50 to -60dBm), whereas my Nexus shows a signal that is more like the tower is a mile away (-70 to -80dBm).

    Something is definitely wrong.

  • Like others, my problem isn’t with 4G speeds but instead the transition between 3G–>4G (doesn’t always happen even in a definite 4G zone) and 4G–>3G (often doesn’t do anything and I have to “airplane mode”).

    • Anonymous

      I have the same problem. At work I’m in the basement with really poor service. When I leave for the day I come out of the building and it normally takes at least 5 minutes for 4G service to come back.

  • RW-1

    I now found something everyone here should read about:

    http://www.androidpolice.com/2011/12/19/this-is-why-your-verizon-galaxy-nexus-or-other-4g-lte-vzw-phone-is-losing-data-signal/

    Could explain everything I’m seeing this morning as my 3G goes in and out. VZ comnfirmed a 4G outage, there are plenty of forum posts about it.

  • RW-1

    Follow up: Called VZ, first thing they have is a message about 4G users having issues in my area. I should say so, it’s not getting 4G anywherre, my office would get 2 bars .. but point is the thing at home had N O T H I N G….

  • Rw-1

    Woke up this morning, checked notifications, have 2 gray bars. No internet, no call capability. Tried ap mode toggle, nothing. On wi fi to enter this. Phone going to go back if they dont officialy say something soon… I’m not going to get stuck past a return date on a $300 phone… this is ludicrous

  • Randy D.

    Ah HA now I see why it took forever for my Nexus to arrive, google wallet my ASS!!  I dont mind that there is a problem (and there seriously is one) with the 4G signal, but plz google and samsung get it fixed already!!

  • Thummp3r

    I just got off the phone with Verizon tech support…after 50 minutes on the phone with them…there really is an issue with the GN….It appeared with the update to 4.0.2, and basically shut down 4g to many, many customers. Suggestion: If you haven’t updated, don’t. I have a LG Revolution sitting here side by side with my super great Nexus…using speedtest.net, the Revo has yet to report a download or an upload bandwidth of less than 7mbs, and it’s consistantly over 20. I have yet to record anything over 1mbs with the super great Nexus after updating to 4.0.2. I have a problem, I bought the Nexus as a replacement (yes, upgrade) for my other Revo that is now sitting in a box ready to be shipped back to big red. If they don’t get this fixed soon, it’s coming right out of the box and the Nexus is going back.

  • Anonymous

    New radios are on the way for the GNex – everyone needs to relax. In fact, they already leaked.

    http://www.mydroidfiles.com/downloads/403radios_btldr.zip

    (BTW – zep told us all this a day or two ago)

  • Defens23

    Is anyone else experiencing low speaker volume issues?

    • Tsmall

      One of the top issues with the phone.  #1 signal,  #2 speaker volume, #3 camera quality, #4 file transfer on PC 

    • Jeremy Morrison

      Not during a call using speaker phone but when view video or audio files yes. Don’t know why it’s separated but….

      • Anonymous

        I’ve downloaded sound files and noticed them to be much louder than the files preloaded. weird.

    • Anonymous

      Not during a call or playing music or youtube, however the notifications and ringer volume sucks ass. I’ve heard volume+ works, but start out slow and work your way up. You don’t want to blow your speakers. I have downloaded it but I’ve decided to wait until after I root to try it (yes I know rooting will erase everything)

  • Trix Knicely

    I get constantly fast speeds and last night I finally got 4 full bars 4G and got 30mbps down and 11mbps up. I think mine is working just fine…

  • Jeremy Morrison

    Here’s what happened to me today. I take my daughter to school here in Fargo, ND (only 4G city in North Dakota) at about 8am. I went to check my twitter and it wasn’t loading. I looked at my signal and I had 3 bars with 4G logo all in blue. So I did a speed test. I kept getting a no network signal response from speed test. I switched it over to CDMA only and I was finally able to get data. Even though the speed test on 3G showed a 0.7Mbps download speed. The funny thing is I think the browser and apps download data faster on my Nexus then they did on my iPhone4 even though my iPhone4 constantly tested at 3Mbps download. So I flipped it back to LTE/CDMA and went to bed. Woke up at 2pm and still showing 4G logo with bars all in blue but still not pulling data. So I called Verizon and as usual trouble shooting did nothing. Battery pull, turn phone off, turn off LTE/CDMA, Airplane mode, etc. There suppose to get back to me within 48hours. Hopefully this is just software. Otherwise I might need a new Nexus.
    Note: My bootloaders unlocked but not rooted. No 4G issues before this except for the occasionally holdup between 4G and 3G transfer in my work building.

  • Anonymous

    I mean, I’ve only had my G-Nex for a few days, but I haven’t had any signal issues. I do speed tests every now and then, and my results are pretty good. I don’t always have 4G, but I attribute that more to the area than the phone. I had full 4G just a few hours ago and got this.

  • Anonymous

    tinyurl.ie/7fb

  • Joejoe509

    Mime doesnt grab wifi signals as well as it should. Not just 4G.

  • Guest

    I have to disagree with this article. On opening day I went into Verizon with the purpose of comparing the Nexus’ dBm to the OG Droid and a few other phones. The Nexus shows a significant increase in dBm. We’re talking 10-15 difference here compared to OG Droid, Razr, TB, and Incredible. Disabling 4G made very little difference. I don’t own a Nexus so I cant comment on dropped calls but I can say from comparing the phones that there is a visual problem with the readings. If the article is right then almost every phone is lying in their dBm readings and we should all be experiencing dropped calls. I’ve only received 4 or 5 dropped calls in the 2 years that I’ve had my OG Droid.

  • Creed74

    Yeah I’m gonna have to throw the BS flag on that myself. I can’t speak to the LTE signal since I only have 1 LTE phone. What I CAN tell you is in 3g/CDMA only mode, my Droid X is reporting -72 to -74 dBm. Mt Nexus sitting right beside it is howing -96 to -103 dBm.

    Yes people are upset but… Don’t compound a problem that can be fixed by spreading propaganda that the problem doesn’t exist.

    • Anonymous

      for me it isn’t propoganda. i have 3 lte devices including the nexus, even though the xoom and thunderbolt have a better dbm number running a speed test on all 3 the nexus always comes out a wee bit ahead or dead even.

  • Adam Siekmann

    I get full 4g signal all the time on my nexus even 2 bars at my parents house when i usually get 1 or none

  • Anonymous

    I haven’t had a problem with signal issues with my Nexus. I don’t really pay attention to how many bars I have. As long as I can make a call or use data at a good speed I’m fine with it. But I haven’t had a dropped call or any issue with data and I live in the middle of nowhere in northwestern Wisconsin.

  • Taglogical

    I live in a capitol city; the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has signal str issues – dropped calls, data connectivity issues.  I dispute Anandtech’s article with my own empirical evidence.  I tried two Galaxy Nexus devices in a capitol city to no avail.

    I have returned the 2nd an reactivated my Bionic which, since the recent update from Motorola, is the best phone and data device I have used.

  • Anonymous

    People really need to understand that there’s multiple things at play here – LTE, 3G, and 1x/voice are three completely separate things on the Nexus.  Brian’s article at Anand only speaks to the claim that the Nexus gets worse LTE reception than other phones and he shows that the other phones are actually displaying bars and a dB meter for one of the other two signals even when in LTE mode.  That’s all.  He’s not claiming the Nexus has no handoff issues between the three or that the 3G signal is the same (in fact I’m seeing consistently worse 3G myself between the Nexus and my OG Droid).

    Stop assuming this article is saying things that it isn’t!

  • Jkc2517

     I could care less how many bars show up, as long as the phone works.  This phone most definitely has issues, be it with signal hand off, crappy antenna design, or just a bad radio.  The RAZR I had before this had no such issues. (Apparently, I was a lucky one)   Even Verizon engineers have acknowledged that I am located in an area that should be capable of 4G service…which was confirmed beforehand by the aforementioned RAZR.  

    On numerous occasions this phone has experienced dropped calls and voice comm errors (read as: they can’t hear me, but I hear them…or it just drops the call altogether).  Then, when it does get even a small 4G signal, more often than not, it fails to drop back to 3G.  The icon changes, but data connectivity is lost until I cycle the radio (airplane mode on/off).  The only solution to this problem, I have found, is to put it in 3G (CDMA Only) and leave it there.  However, even doing this does not solve the voice issues mentioned above.

    I think people are typically assuming that because they see less bars or higher numbers in the signal strength, they assume the problems they are experiencing are a signal issue rather than a “signal handling” issue.  All I know is that in the very same location that the RAZR received and kept the 4G signal, the GNex does not, and I am having issues with dropped calls and lost data connectivity.

    I truly hope they get this worked out as I hate having a Verizon phone that acts like it’s on ATT.  Maybe the upcoming 4.0.3 update will fix this…a guy can hope I guess.

    • Mikehen08

      On just about every call at some point they can’t hear me but I can hear them. Once we hang up and call again its fine again.

  • I have not had issue with my Nexus, so who cares.

    • Anonymous

      You don’t. I can’t get 4G at my favorite Pizza place, and my 4S owning friend keeps poking fun at me. Got full coverage on my Thunderbolt. I’d love that signal again.

  • Bob

    There is still a problem with transitioning from 4G to 3G on the edge of the cover radius.  My house is on the edge on the 4G network and will not flip to 3G when it loses the 4G unless I put it in airplane mode.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s forget 4G for a while and bars on the screen and focus on 3G and dBm.  I work in a building that has a Verizon tower on the roof.  I have many coworkers with Verizon 4G phones.

    I took my coworker’s Droid Charge and put it in 3G only mode, then I did it on my Nexus.  Sitting side by side, the Charge’s reception is many times better, constantly.  It reads -50 to -60dBm, whereas my Nexus shows -70 to -80dBm.  Being next to the tower, you’d expect the kind of signal that the Charge is reporting.  The Nexus, however, performed poorly.

    I also often can’t sent texts with my phone, drop calls often, and call quality is horrible at best.

    Something’s wrong.

  • I’m in the Dayton, OH area.  I get 4 bars of 4G on my Nexus and speeds that demolish anything I ever got with 3G.

    • Dogpile

      anything over 1Mbs demolishes 3G on Verizon so that is not saying too much actually.

  • Freddy

    Moto modems are the best but the Bionic sucked because it was rushed.  My Razr is rock solid and holds 4G.  Now if the hotspot only worked for https and maps was not having E-W reversed I would be happy.

  • IKnowWhatIAmTalkingAbout

    jeez u guys are gullible (stupid).  Anand is doing over the air testing to measure?  Get a clue.  Unless he using conducted testing and calibration there is no way this test means anything to those that know.

    this phone drops the 4G as much as the Bionic did and the modem needs some tweaking.  it is a fact and we will get it after the holidays.  that is also a fact.

  • Anonymous

    Here is an excerpt from a Droid Life article about the SGS2. It all makes sense now doesn’t it..

    “File this one away as a giant rumor, but according to Korean insider Chosun Ilbo, the Samsung Galaxy S II hasn’t made it to the U.S. yet because negotiations with carriers have “dragged” on longer than expected.  They also speculate that part of the delay is because carriers like Verizon and AT&T tend to favor products made by Motorola and HTC, who apparently know how to make products that work “best with the American mobile protocol CDMA.”
    Source: http://www.droid-life.com/2011/07/08/rumor-u-s-carriers-dragging-on-negotiations-with-samsung-over-galaxy-s2/

  • Anonymous

    I seriously dont trust their findings. 

  • Anonymous

    I saw mine hit all four bars once this morning. -78 dBm. But it went away as quickly as it came.

  • you guys don’t seem to be understanding the point of the article. This is directed at the complaints saying the the 4g signal is weaker which is incorrect. The real problem however is the nexus is switching to 3g way sooner then most 4g phones, this may actually be by choice however in order to save battery. Maybe google will change it or maybe some rom devs will find a way to change it down the line, relas though it has nothing to do with the hardware.

  • So then why is there a reception and dropped call issue if its the same as other LTE phones that dont have those issues?

    • Anonymous

      It’s not the same as other 4g LTE phones. I think there is some sort of misinterpretation by the writers.

      • i dont think so, i just think theyre letting everyone know its a software problem and not a hardware problem meaning it can be easily fixed

        • Anonymous

          I hope it is just a software issues as it was in my Bionic. Cuz that has been fixed with the update. And you guys deserve to have a working radio in your phone. I am just trying to tell you guys to be weary because software didn’t fix the radio in any previous Samsung phone I have used. Plus this article as tons of contractions in it.

    • because theyre saying its not a hardware problem, just a software problem like the bionic had, google already said theyre fixing it. 

  • Anonymous

    I’m happy and that’s what counts. Phone holds a hotspot connection better than my rezound (yes, I have both).

  • Aubreymvt

    My GN gets better signal and LTE than my Thunderbolt ever did. Not sure if thats a fair comparison with the thuderbolt radio issues but its true for me at least. Who doesnt want it better though. Oh… and i have never dropped a call yet.

  • Ha

    oh hey, engadget posted this like 5 hours ago.  this website is becoming the nexus posts of engadget

    • And has stories days after D-L does. Not to mention engadget is staffed by hundreds of people all over the world whose parent company is AOL which. And D-L is staffed by a handful of people in Portland. So, fail on you. 

  • Coworker’s Bionic consistently gets 4G in our office building while mine struggles to get 3G. In my case, there’s an issue.

    • Anonymous

      Its strange coincidence that every Motorola phone I have ever owned has had a stellar radio, and every Samsung I have ever owned has had an “unfixable” radio, hmmm.

      • It’s true that radios are a strength for Moto. I’m just disputing the statement: “You can sleep soundly knowing that the Galaxy Nexus features the same signal strength as all of Verizon’s 4G LTE devices.”

        • Anonymous

          I know. I was just being kind of cynical because I don’t agree that people can “sleep soundly” either. Dealing with a Samsung Fascinate and Droid Charge radio has made me kind of sour towards Samsung, lol. I just don’t think Samsung knows what they are doing with there radio hardware.

          • Anonymous

            okay – so stick to Motorola buddy, enjoy your phone. 

          • Anonymous

            Samsung has no clue lol. They cant fix the most important features about a device RADIOS.

  • RW-1

    I’m in a fringe area. At home I’m 3G, office and the town is 4G.

    I believe it’s a switching thing, it loses one and doesn’t hook up to teh other as quickly or correctly as it should.

    This morning turning it on (off last night) I had to wait 5 min fo it to finally show me a 3G next to grey bars.

    I don’ care about bars either, I want the thing to be able to call out and get data (3g or 4g) when I use it. to get nothing at times is totally unacceptable, the OG had great 3g performance at home and everywhere, remember how they touted 3g is totally nationwide? Well VZ ?

    If it isn’t the phone, it’s the network, or a bit of both. I’m hoping the issues witht eh phone can be corrected with baseband or ICS upgrade.

  • Jwmphotog

    OK. Reply to my thread. Are you in a known good zone or known fringe zone? Go to Settings/About Phone/Status and hold the phone in your hand for about 30 seconds and what does your dBm read?
    (I’m in a fringe zone dBm -100  1 asu.) 
    Read this for some info. 
    http://www.tested.com/news/how-to-measure-cell-signal-strength-on-android-phones/557/

  • Anonymous

    Only place I’ve even gotten a 4G signal is at the Verizon store, which is less than 5 miles from my work and home.  🙁

    I will say though, that the building I work in is old, with very thick stone walls and signals on every other phone I’ve ever owned have been weak to non existent in that building.  I’m currently getting a pretty decent 3G signal for the building with my Nexus.

  • Anonymous

    We all know that Samsung are the worse when it comes to radios.

    • Guest

      …..

    •  At least its reported right on the Nexus unlike the Razr where it reports wrong signal.

      • Anonymous

        You can compare the razr with the nexus. Moto won this battle as usual, you know it and i know it.

        • Anonymous

          Moot point – new radios are on the way.

          • Anonymous

            If the nexus was the best device, it should have not come with a bad radio, that is the most important feature about a device.

        • Guest

          ……

    • Guest

      ……

  • Nexusplz

    so Verizons network sucks worse than they lead on. Im in Phoenix and not anywhere near a fringe area. closest Verizon tower is less than a half mile away. No 4G on my Nexus or wifes Stratosphere. We barely get 3G now. that we are on 4G phones. our old OG and Droid X were awesome here in this spot.

  • Nybandit2000

    The only problem i have us no 4G in my area!!!!! lol

  • Everyone needs to realize that signal strength does not equal signal quality. The antenna is the main factor in determining “reception level”.  What the radios are able to do at that level (SNR compensation, quantization, error-correction) is a completely different animal.  There’s a reason that people love Motorola’s radios:  Moto chips do more with a weak signal than other mfgs.  So given a particular signal strength (say -100dBm) a Motorola phone (or a device with a motorola radio inside) will perform much better than others (Samsung, Via, etc).  

    It’s just fact.  I don’t know what magic sauce Moto uses, but they are the best in the world.  

    As a GNex owner, I did find the Anand article interesting, since they compared to identical radios in two different devices.  However, there is definitely some kind of handoff or switching issue (like the Bionic had/has) where the device is not going between EVDO and LTE the way it should, leading to dropped calls and data loss. Easily fixable with a baseband update, and those can help with battery life as well.

  • Anonymous

    For all you people having problems…sucks to be you.  I’ve had zero problems with signal.  The G-Nex is the most amazing piece of electronic equipment I’ve ever owned.  

    For those of you saying “My OG Droid always got 4 bars.” that’s not a fair comparison.  You can’t compare 3G signal to 4G.  Obviously, Verizon’s 3G network is FAR more developed than LTE.  Switch your phone to CDMA only.  If you still can’t get a signal, then and ONLY then do you have a legit complaint.

    PS. switching to CDMA will also solve any battery life issues.

    • My OD Droid was almost unusable in my office at home, even though it had more bars than my GN.  With the GN, I can actually carry on a conversation.  Rather than hearing only about 1/3 of what the other person says I can actually now hear 100%.  I always suspected that carriers inflated their “bars”, and now I think we know they do.

  • Babyboy14622

    Sgn sux

  • Anonymous

    So let me get this straight, when my Bionic indicates I’m in LTE it means the phone uses the LTE network to transmit the phone calls? I wasn’t aware of that.

    So riddle me this, on one way home from work, I reach a particular area that indicates I have 4 bars with LTE, and my internet stops downloading a podcast, and pretty much stops working for about 6 minutes of transit.  However I have a full 4 bars of signal strength for voice calls? It still shows LTE on the phone.

    I thought LTE was either you have it or you don’t? I took the bars they are showing above as indicating the phone network/CDMA signal strength, not the data signal strenght. I don’t think they have anything to do with the LTE signal Strength. I think they are independent.

    Oh, and I rarely, if ever experience a dropped call, yet I bounce in and out of 4G all the time where I live. My reading up on Geek.com seems to indicate 4g voice is over the LTE Data path, but it just doesn’t seem to add up in actual use.

    I do like the simultaneous voice and data in 4G though, I haven’t seen any more AT&T commercials touting that…

  • Like many others, I upgraded from an OG Droid.  So, I can’t speak about the GNex 4g signal compared to another device. But, I can say that I get a great signal at work and at home and haven’t had any trouble with call drops or 4G dropping out.  

  • Anonymous

    There are still issues with no signal and an inability to make phone calls for me

  • Tsteege

    In my area, only the 3G
    system is available.  I have Dropped calls after 5 minutes and Data unavailable most
    of the time unless on WiFi.  My OG Droid had full bars in the same places I am seeing
    these issues.   I hope they get it fixed, but it sounds like I need to
    take it back to Verizon and try another…

    • Anonymous

      This. This is exactly what I had been experiencing with mine. I ditched it and went back to my RAZR which does have the novel feature of completing calls. 

  • Anonymous

    Its weird bc i havent had more than 2 bars in 24 hours but my reception is perfect and have had zero dropped calls.

    • Dan

      Same, I have experienced now problems what-so-ever 

      • Anonymous

        Same here, no issues.  Dropped data once so far in our movie theater here, but that happened with my OG everytime I went there as well. 

        Signals -86 dBm, 3 bars 4G. 

        • Dan

          Your not suppose to have your phone on in the movies anyway :-p

          • Anonymous

            Always on vibrate=P  

  • Bionic

    just use the app “network signal” from the android market.  Tells you all you need to know about every signal your phone gets.

  • Mikehen08

    People keep saying that they cannot hear me while on a call, anyone else have this issue?

    • Tsteege

      That is exactly right Mike.  I can go 5 minutes maybe 10 then, the other person says they cant hear me.  I call back and all is fine for awhile.  Very frustrating.  Otherwise the calls sound amazing.

      • Mikehen08

        Yeah same thing. It has happened to every person I have talked to. I noticed that they couldn’t hear me, then I took the phone away from my ear, the screen came on, then they could hear me again. But it would keep happening until I hung up and called them back. So annoying!

  • I am having no problem with mine either I had full 4g in the mall today and never have a loss of service.

  • anexususer

    In the past with my OG Droid I had service in my home and off the beaten path.  Now I have very spotty unreliable service.  I’m guessing that there is more to this story. 

  • Interstellarmind

    …didn’t we all make  fun of i*hone when they fixed signal issues by making it show more bars?

    uh-oh.

  • Jwmphotog

    Why are we all acting like we are comparing our phones while standing right next to each other????
    Dang! “Go to #@!!, Your wrong”,,, “NO YOUR WRONG, I’ve got great signal”, “You piece of $#!%, This reception sucks”. Well, maybe we’re not flaming each other THAT bad, tongue in cheek. But my point. Depends on where you are at doesn’t it? I’m in fringe coverage. Had excellent “Call quality/data streaming” with OG, DX, and even way way back with the Omnia. Same exact road home after work for 30 years now. GN bad “call quality/NO data stream” 

    • Raven

      Yes, I agree.  It also sounds to me like there could really be a percentage of phones with hardware problems so some people might be working just fine and others might be having problems.  Perhaps it is more a problem of poor quality control than poor design.

      • Anonymous

        maybe it has to do with the firat batch being poor and the second batch(rumored to be part of the reason for the pushback) being ok. i picked mine up launch day but the place i bought it recieved their shipment that morning. im one of the lucky ones not having issues.

  • Mule0331

    How did I know that some sort od a spin would be put on this to protect the precious reputation of that brick. Cant wait for ICS to be released on all upcoming devices so we can accurately portray the quality or lack thereof from this Samsung product. I think all the hype is based on the OS not the hardware.

  • xformulax

    I’m calling BS on 3g signal strength too… i dont care what the bars say, but the strength is 10 or 20 dbm better on my droid X

    • Tsteege

      agree!

  • Taxed Todeath

    I don’t give a flying f*** how many bars I have.  I want to be able to make and receive phone calls from inside my house, not standing outside.  Can do that on all my Verizon devices except GN

  • In Chicago, I get 4 bars on 4g (-82 dBm)  and average 24 Mbps down, 16 up.  Just tested again, 32 down, 17 up.  Had a Bionic, my call quality is better on the Gnex and haven’t dropped any calls yet and i never saw speeds of 32 Mbps on the Bionic.  My Bionic used to hand off from 4G to 3G and then drop connection all together, my Gnex has been perfect so far. 

    • Anonymous

      damn – that’s insane.

    • even on the lowest 4g possible for me. iv seen DSL or faster speeds.

      4 bars in a store got me 20/15. i was pretty stoked.

    • 4G can be amazingly fast if you get on a cell with few users.  I ran a speed test at 10 AM the other day in my little town and logged over 41 MB down and 18 MB up!  My cable connection at home has never been that fast!
      Normally, with 3 bars of 4G, I get around 9-10 MB down and 11 MB up.

  • Scottholstein Sh

    When you pay nearly $400 for the phone and accesories and give up the only upgrade you have for a great while, it is a big deal. Although, I am not freaking out. I will just wait until the last day in my 14 day period and take the phone back, pay $35, get the rest of my money and my upgrade back. Then, sit and see how the story plays out. If it gets fixed, I will buy another one, if not, I will look else where. My hope is that someone will see that something is in deed wrong for certain users, because something in deed is not right with the signal strength.

  • I can’t compare this to any other 4G phone,  but my reception has been very good with the GN.  4 bars at work and at home.  As good or better than my OGDroid got.

  • Anonymous

    My Nexus loses 4G at least 5 times a day…my Thunderbolt never lost 4G and I’m still living and working at the same places.  It does seem that the signal is weaker.  My speeds are still fast on 4G, I just lose it more often.

  • Interpol

    Those are camp fire stories, my nexus does have a signal issue. When at my office it drops to 3g while my tbolt had 4g. I hate it cause i cant stream video over 3g it lags big time, makes me wich had my thunderbolt back.

  • Anonymous

    I get LTE just fine – no connection issues, no dropped calls, and I average 13mb/s down, and 11 mb/s up. Incredible.

  • Anonymous

    ZOMG ZOMG – I had one experience and you had another… and my experience was different than that other guys! So if my experience was problematic, then his phone is better than mine, but if mine was better, then his phone sux… and … and… I was in one place and had this signal, and in this other, this other guys phone did this, and my phone did that and they were different… and … and… Google is bad, and Verizon are jerks… and and… nu uh!!

    Jeez… no wonder all the apple sheeple look down their noses at us… Some days the Android community feels like friggin’ Kindergarten Romper Room… what with all the “me too”‘s and “nuh uh!”‘s… 

    wow… calm down… it’s a PHONE… put it down for a few… take a walk… rub your ears or something… 

    • Yeah, no kidding. Why would anyone be upset about dropping $300 bones on a phone and getting locked into another 2 years and not having it work right? Spoiled brats.

      • Anonymous

        then take it back… 

    • Anonymous

      Agree.. Sesame Street would be another great analogy. 

    • Cam

      Rub your ears?…

  • So is it possible that the Signal Strength is OK, but the transition between 3G and 4G is where things are getting jacked up?  Or maybe something in ICS is causing it to switch to 3G when it shouldn’t and thus dropping calls, etc.?  Just throwing it out there.

  • I have to call foul on this as well. My thunderbolt did not experience any of the call quality and network connectivity issues that my nexus is experiencing. it’s quite annoying this great device isn’t doing its job. a smartphone is useless if it can’t handle the one feature we all truly need, a phone!

  • I dont have 4G where I live but on 3G, I can tell you right now Ive dropped more calls and lost data connections than I did with my TB. Never had it ever tell me no data connection where I live or hang out. I also called Verizon to check if there was an outage or service issues and there was none. For fun, I had my TB right next to me and after about 2 hours, my GNex dropped data and TB was working fine. I didnt check by looking at the bars, I checked by sending out text msgs and opening data apps.

  • Nick Gatto

    So could this just mean that Verizon’s “fix” is adjusting the scale for which the phone displays signal, i.e. where the nexus once showed 1 bar it will now show 3? (let’s hope not, but would you put it past them)

    At the end of the day if there is no set standard display scale, then simply comparing bars from phone to phone is absolutely meaningless. Comparing dBm, as AnandTech has done, is really the only scientific way to compare whats going on.

  • Anonymous

    Not a single dropped call for me. However I do get 1-2 less bars then my Thunderbolt, but I get better 4G speeds. Guess I am lucky? :

  • Daryel Villavicencio

    Samsung radios are just poor.  Seen it in the Epic 4G, seen it in the Nexus S 4G, and see it in the Epic Touch.  

    • Anonymous

      That may have true in the past – but I think this article debunks this theory.

      • PRTaz3

        How does this article debunk the theory that Samsung phones have poor radios?  Both phones in the article are Samsung and both have the same reading which is stated as being correct as 1 bar.  These are just 2 phones with poor radios…both made by Samsung.

        • clearly didnt read the article. he compares the GNex to the Bionic.

          • PRTaz3

            Where do you see Bionic…he says, ”
            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.”  Maybe I missed Bionic somewhere…please do let me know.

          • im am not talking about the DL article. please go read the full one. he has a picture with the Bionic next to the GNex under the section named “Comparing LTE Signal Strength the Right Way”

          • PRTaz3

            Ok…see what you’re talking about. Didn’t realize that   
            ddevito and yourself were referring to the original article.  Just by reading this one it just seems he’s comparing Samsung phones.  My bad.

        • Anonymous

          Yes – and as I said – THAT MAY HAVE BEEN TRUE IN THE PAST – but doesn’t appear to be an issue with this phone.

          And BTW – my wife has a Charge – absolutely no radio issues with that Samsung either.

    • Anonymous

      Yes add Fascinate and Charge to that list. That’s where I have experienced the “non-fixable” Samsung radio.

  • Jamaicawind

    i must be in a really good place cuz i always get full bars ^_^

  • Anakin2Solo

    What a bunch of crap.  I had a Rezound for a month.  It had a solid 4G signal.  My Nexus drops to 3G all the time and even 1x.  I sit in the same seat in downtown Denver all day.  The reception is worse, period.  This is two bull crap articles today stating this is a myth.  It is no myth.  Perhaps the signal strength is reported the same, but the Nexus takes that same signal and drops to 3G, the Rezound doesn’t.  #NOTAMYTH

    • jnt

      I don’t know about the myth, but I will add that the Rezound has had by far the best radio performance out of all of the latest phones, and I’ve had a Bionic (still have), Razr, and now Gnex along with it.  The Razr was a close second, and the Bionic is now much improved.  But the Rezound would grab/hold 4G in seconds after a bootup as opposed to minutes, and would hold 4G in places these other phones can’t even sniff the signal. 

      • Djenks24

        That was not the kind of performance I had with the 3 Thunderbolts I had and because HTC never fixed the problem I will not be buying another HTC phone. Love my Razr!

    • Bart shaw

      Agreed!  This is clearly a real issue, my wife’s Samsung Fascinate always displays one or more bars than my GN and I always check the dBm and they are consistant, she is usually at -83 and I am at -100. Experiencing dropped calls and other weird static etc… in place I never has before with an phone.  PLEASE FIX VERIZON/GOOGLE or I am returning it.

      • Anonymous

        Did you read the article? Your example is exactly what they explain.

  • MattCrouse0509

    Can anyone explain a data speed difference if the signal is the same?  I haven’t purchased the phone yet but stopped in at two verizon stores with great 4g signal on my Tbolt and at both stores I was pulling 14-16 Mbps while both of the Nexus phones averaged 7-8 Mbps.  I am by no means any type of pro but something seems off to me.

  • Anonymous

    I read the article this morning and he is making some pretty big assumptions.  One big thing is, unless he has a spectrum analyzer programmed to scan for LTE and CDMA, he can not go off of just the readings that the phone’s are reporting.  He talks technical words and metrics yet I don’t see any empirical data that he used besides a few graphs.  Plus, he is reporting wherever he is sitting and not moving around like others are.  All you have to do is read the forums were people are complaining that they used to connect to 4g where now they do not.  There could be a few reasons for this but 2 are the simplest to look at.  One could be that the radio software is looking for the strongest signal and having 3g override the 4g connection.  The other would be more concerning if the radio antennas were sized incorrectly during the manufacturing process, which would be game over.  Best case is a software patch to correct the signal issues with hand-off but with people having dropped calls, it would be the latter….

    Also, the whole “modem being faster” thing…..you are only as good as the weakest link.  Doesn’t matter if you get 1Gbit over the air, if the LAN connection only supports 5Mbit, that is all the faster you download.

  • ww

    So, other than the fact that we paid a premium price for an LTE phone and for many of us, Verizons coverage maps show that LTE coverage is available in our areas, there is no problem? Seriously?

  • My Nexus gets the same bars as my Xoom 4G LTE does.

    Its identical everywhere the two travel together.

    • I also have never had a dropped call.

      • Anonymous

        I want your Nexus. I hope mine will be like that.

  • Anonymous

    I thought the bars had nothing to do with strength of data service? At least that’s what I was reading all the time with my Thunderbolt. Is it just a Thunderbolt/HTC thing, or were all the people banging on the “the bars are for voice, not data, strength” idiots?

  • Scottholstein Sh

    There is an issue. I love the build, the open phone, etc… I have waited for the opportunity to have another device like the OG in terms of customization. But when my DX2 gets better reception than the GNex, something is up. I don’t care what the db, signal bars, or any site says…I have both phones here side by side, and the DX2 kicks GNex butt in my neck of the woods (no 4g…3g only). That should not be the case. I have set the device to CDMA only…all the tricks I have read in the last 24 hours. I have rolled the device back to 4.0.1 with no help there. Something is wrong for a specific set of users, and unfortunately, I am one of them.

  • Gah03s

    My main issue is the switch for 4G to 3G takes way to long IMO. Other than that I’m fine with my signal.

  • Yeah I’m one of the many who have consistently had 1-2 bars of 3G where I live, if that. It would also frequently turn gray, then eventually back to blue. However after a few days of having the phone I’m now getting a pretty consistent 3 bars of 3G. Wish I lived in a 4G area 🙁

  • nkd

    Really? Tell that to my droid razr. That never drops 4g at my house and my nexus dropped three times last night and couldnt fall back. I am in very good coverage area too. I have hanfs on experience and anandtech can say what they want. You go from 0% time without signal to 10% , there is a problem.

  • Anonymous

    3-4 Bars in Chicago, but I’m going out to the boonies for Christmas. I don’t see any problems so far though. 

  • Anonymous

    I’d believe this as my nexus is faster and has better reception with less bars than my Thunderbolt.

  • I get 4 bars regularly on my Nexus and I get about 12-13Mb when I have that connection.

  • While most of this is pretty techy and cool stuff and possibly true.  The average cell phone user looks at his phone and says “oh, I have 1 bar right now”.  Not -107dBm and 4asu right now.  People want to see they have good service/signal.  Just my opinion.  I experience the “low bars” with rare “full bar” service but am yet to lose service, drop calls, etc.  

    • And note I have a VZW tower on my work site and have a bionic with full bars so it’s not a geographical area with poor or weak signal.

  • Ryan

    I was wondering that. I figured the signal was being reported from the 4G radio which only affects downloads when on 4G, and even with low signal I’ve gotten 8-10Mbps just fine. Might be nice to have a hack that shows both the 4G and 3G signal strengths since they’re on separate radios.

    • same even with my lowest signal of 4g its still as fast as my DSL. and of course it only goes up from there 😀

    • Anonymous

      Simply put your phone in 3G only, then test it against the dBm of another phone with 3G only.  Nexus is consistently lower, by quite a bit.

  • Just what I thought. Can’t go off the visual.

  • Anonymous

    Dan good job on posting this

  • so whats the range of dBm translated from 0 – 4 bars?

    • Guest

      There’s no standard for it. Every phone manufacturer goes by their own thing. Thats why some phones show more bars than others even when the dBm is the same.

      Generally speaking 84ish and under is full bars for most phones.

  • CanThinkForMyself

    That’s why people are having data problems and dropped calls right? derp

  • mons

    So is the radio just crap?

    One of my coworkers has a razr.  We all usually have kind of poor reception at our desks, but I’ve never had it dropped.  Today, first day at work with the GN, and I don’t even always have 3G at my desk.

    • mons

      Meant to add – he had good signal while I had zero.  It did come back pretty shortly though.

    • same situation

    • Anonymous

      I have a RAZR and unfortunately, the thing is prone to horrendous data drops when on the edge of a 4G area…I’ll lose 3G and 4G for 10 minutes at a time.  Hopefully the incoming update solves that.

    • Anonymous

      Read the article. It is, in fact, not crap.

      • mons

        I was standing right next to a coworker with a Razr, and I had zero data connection in our office, which has never happened with my Droid X.  It picked signal back up after a few dozen agonizingly (a few of our other coworkers were there checking out the Nexus) long seconds, but he had no problems. 

        Not to mention the battery life problem…

        • Anonymous

          There is a handoff issue which would explain the signal picking up later. The battery “issue” isn’t really an issue, it’s just a consequence of the large SAMOLED. Check out the battery use stats.

          I still get 12hrs consistently with regular use(on the stock battery). Brought a wall charger into work and it’s not an issue at all.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for bringing this article to light, it’s been the biggest misconception!  I’m just curious as to what Verizon has “found” or “noticed.”

    • They “found” a bunch of emails from customers and had to say something to chill people out.

      • Anonymous

        Truth. The writer of that article makes a good point in wondering whether or not Google will modify the way that signal strength is displayed, shifting back to a more inaccurate representation. I hope not, but I suppose it doesn’t matter in the end considering the actual dBm readings behind it all.

        • Anonymous

          I hope not. -108dbm should only be 1 bar. I’ve been in 4g areas showing full bars more than once. Seattle is a good area for LTE.

          By the way, I took this earlier today. In my office, where my DX would routinely get 2-3 bars on 3g.

          http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7191809/Screenshot_2011-12-20-07-51-15.png

          • Rader023

            Blocked at work. What does it show?

          • Anonymous

            -83dBm with 3 bars.

    • Anonymous

      I agree. The handoff issue looks to be addressed in the 4.0.3 update. So far I’ve only experience it once but looks like it wont be an issue soon.

      Read over the article from the last post, really good read. Great to have the proof and reassurance that I’m not crazy or ignorant of the rumored problems.

    • Anonymous

      One person says something and it is “the biggest misconception!”  I think not, and so do the thousands of others that are having issues with dropped calls or not being able to connect to 4g when they used to.  The issue with the phones is not the display of signal strength, it is the fact that the signal is no longer even connecting.  There is an issue and now the biggest question is what…..software/firmware, bad radios, manufacturing issues, etc.

      • Anonymous

        Well do you suppose it’s the hand-off issue that’s been addressed in 4.0.3, or are you certain that it is not linked to hand-off and it involves signal continuity??

        • Anonymous

          Honestly not sure, don’t work for Verizon or Sammy.  But, as I said in another post, could be 2 things.  One could be a hand-off issue that the radio is picking the stronger of the 2 signals, i.e. 3g in some cases.  The more concerning problem could be that the antennas are sized incorrectly causing the signal to not be received properly.  Antennas need to be sized according to the wavelength they are receiving and even a few mm off could cause a problem.  Lets just hope it is a software fix for hand-off.  

          Or people could just be holding the phone wrong…LOL 😀

          • Anonymous

            Huge ::facepalm:: if we had another “Antennagate” on our hands =P

  • Nah, I’m calling BS to that. There is a problem.  This rception is definitely lower quality than the Rezound. At work my phone didn’t drop to 3G at all on the Rezound. It does it constantly with the Galaxy Nexus.

    • Anonymous

      There MAY be a problem on certain handset but not all. You may be an exception but not the rule.

    • AnandTech had not investigated the 3G connectivity in depth. They were only saying the LTE signal strength is on par with other 4G phones.

      • Anonymous

        EXACTLY

      • Anonymous

        Thank you!
        I have no issues with LTE (and no basis for comparison).
        My issues are with a weak WiFi connection on both 2.4 & 5 Ghz and a weak voice connection.

    • Anonymous

      I agree, and on top of all this why are we having dropped calls left and right? Is Samsung radio that bad? After 300 million devices sold, no one complained about this? I think there is still an issue regardless of this post. 

      • Anonymous

        Haven’t dropped a single call. Data speeds better than my Bionic. There is always room for improvement though. Call clarity was marginally better on my Bionic.

        • Anonymous

          I’m not having connection issues per say, but I can tell you that call quality is tinny, and garbled. 

          I’m not going to return the device, as I like everything else about it. I know Google/Samsung/Verizon has to step up to the plate and fix the problem. 

          • Anonymous

            Good luck with that. I asked Verizon to fix my Samsung Fascinate and they told me that they couldn’t fix it…and try getting ahold of Samsung…forget about it. They aren’t exactly kings of customer service. 

          • Anonymous

            I would go with the razr of rezound if i were you:)

          • Anonymous

            Razr for sure sure. 

          • Anonymous

            you will not go wrong picking up the razr.

          • Anonymous

            I have another line free for upgrade, so it might be the Razr Maxx…looking forward to that. 

          • so you’re going to downgrade to some crap motorola device from a nexus? that makes total sense… lets “upgrade” to motorolas 529351763289 device this year when they can’t even put out solid firmware for any of them. don’t get me wrong to each their own, it’s your $ and your account but it just does not make sense to do so. we all know moto puts out loads of devices each year with the next one only having features that the previous should have and then they make a huge deal about how much better it is. not to mention they completely slaughter android by throwing that god awful skin on top of it. google should limit the amount of devices they allow their licensed applications to go on (since android is obviously open sourced) because it’s just getting insane at this point. i don’t understand why they don’t just put all their ideas together and come up with 3-4 awesome devices a year instead of 54859013510656187 half arssed ones a year. 

          • S Bosworth

            Wow sounds like someone is trying to bash another device just to justify their purchase and use of a different one. Yous sound like an Apple fanboi.

            No wonder Android users are considered pretentious, tech snobs that never get laid. 

          • Mark Christian

            You could replace every instance of Motorola and substitute Samsung in it’s place.  The accuracy of the paragraph would not change in the slightest.
            All manufacturers are releasing 1234902345873 phones this year and not supporting them and the next phone has what the old phone should have, etc.

          • Anonymous

            That will be an awesome device 🙂

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          • Trooper

            Don’t count on it man.

        • Anonymous

          Ive had the exact opposite as you. I can barely stream a damn HD video on the Galaxy Nexus. On my bumfck Bionic I could tether and stream netflix, play ps3, and watch pron.

        • Anonymous

          Build quality, call quality and radios moto  rules those departments.

          • Billyrouth2000

            Moto also rules the buggy software department.

          • Anonymous

            It seems that moto right now has the best skin since ICS is not optimize as of yet.

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          • Tim

            “Not optimize(d)” what are you even trying to elude to with that? You honestly believe that moto-blur/crap is optimizing your android experience?

          • Anonymous

            GB 2.3.5 on the razr and 2.3.4 on the bionic and droid 3 is awesome. ICS may be the best skin on due time, but not right now. I can imagine how nice Moto’s ICS is going to be 🙂

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          • LionStone

            What is your signal strength?

          • Anonymous

            I have the best signal strength 4 bars all the time.

          • LionStone

            No sir, your dBm please.

          • Anonymous

            -93 right now yours?

          • LionStone

            -58 dBm… stock TB 😉

          • Anonymous

            i have -57 saw the wrong number, inside my apartment i have 3 bars sometimes 4.

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          • Tim

            Right, I bet you saw the wrong number… AngelFace, you are such a bias fanboy.

          • Guest

            he’s a worthless piece of shitt faggitt loser!!

          • Anonymous

            I dont have to prove anything, but i can send you screen shot if you would like :)The razor is the best there is period. You can hate all you want, but that is not going to change the fact that moto is the king of technology.

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            just for fun…

          • Anonymous

            HTC are better than Samsung when it comes to signals

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          • Anonymous

            Build quality? Perhaps the materials used, but certainly not the fit and finish or quality testing. I have returned far to many Motorola phones because of manufacturing materials under the glass or other material defects. Since the OG Droid I have only seen the quality of Motorola smartphones decline.

          • Anonymous

            You lost this argument. Moto are known for their build quality, radios and good sound quality. Moto is the best manufacturer.

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      • Anonymous

        People from other carriers do not complain as much as verizon customers, that is why they have not complained about the radios issues on the gs2.

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      • Omar Ibrahim

        well ppl are saying its good and bad so there might be a bad batch radios though idk if its true or not its just a might be atm to me.

      • Genius

        My GN hasn’t dropped any calls and the clarity is noticeably better than my DX. That said, there is a 4-5 mile gap during my drive to work that I cannot get any data stream for internet, despite being able to use the phone and showing 3g bars. And I’ve had the same drive to work for 6 years without issue with the OGD and DX. 

    • Anonymous

      Wait? You dare to write something negative about the Galaxy Nexus! Prepare to be flagged!

      • Anonymous

        You flagging bro?

        • Anonymous

          u don’t understand sarcasm bro?

          • Anonymous

            I understood your sarcasm.. Do you understand that my post was sarcasm to your sarcastic remark? You sensitive today bro?

          • Guest

            he’s a worthless piece of shitt loser!!

          • Anonymous

            how do you not understand your own version of spam??  -_^

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      • Anonymous

        Tell me about it, this thing is damn near untouchable here. One complaint and flagged away. I’m sorry my standards don’t conform to everyone else’s.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, sorry we’re not all Galaxy Nexus sheep bowing at the bezel of the all omniscient smartphone.

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    • woctaog

      Agreed, there is definitely a problem.  My friend and his GF both bought GNexes, and they can stand right next to each other and her phone will show 1 bar and his will show 4.  I think its a problem only on some phones, but there definitely is a problem.

    • Anonymous

      Definitely a problem with some phones. Picked one up Thursday, was randomly losing data + voice every 15 minutes, about 5 times an hour. Returned it the next day for a brand new one: Hasn’t dropped data OR voice once. Getting better signal as well.

      Just because some work, does not necessarily mean all work.

      • Luis

        So are you saying Samsung is shipping devices with a higher than normal rate of being defective?

        • Anonymous

          Why is everyone so eager to bash this phone? We are not the enemy, the iSheep are!

      • This was my exact experience. My first phone ended up dropping data on and off all day long and wouldn’t let me text out but I could call and receive texts. Took it back and got it replaced and the new one has been pretty great. The bars appear lower than normal but I’m not losing any service or having connection issues. Speed is good too for 3G. No 4G in my area yet.

    • Mark Christian

      It was my understanding that the signal strength of LTE has absolutely nothing to do with the number of bars you have.  Bars is strictly for your phone signal and 3G connectivity and because LTE operates on an entirely different band, it does not follow the phone signal bars for it’s strength.
      This was also confirmed in that, on my Droid Charge, I was able to stay connected to 4G and browse the internet, speedtest, etc; yet, I had no bars and I was unable to make phone calls.

    • Paul

      Ya, the bars mean nothing to me. The problem is my OG droid can get slow 3G speeds at work but the Nexus gets 1x or 3G with 1x speeds.

    • Anonymous

      Nexus failed many of the geeks on here. They just do not want to admit it.

      • John

        i’m loving it. best phone i’ve ever had. needs improvements here n there (like any phone), but overall it spanks anything i’ve used & anything you have

        🙂

        • Anonymous

          You have not played with the king of all devices the razr 🙂

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          • Tim

            Honestly, you have the lowest standards of any droid-life follower.

          • Guest

            he is!!! he is a worthless piece of shitt dick sucking faggitt loser!!

          • Anonymous

            You are a loser and you are suffering like a little girl. Get over it already. You have your facts i have mines period. Nexus failed all of you, that is why all of you are sensitive towards my facts.

          • Esmccarty09

            I played with the razr its a piece of shitt compared to the nexus its bren out for about a month and they already have the droid 4 5 6 and 7 coming out in the next two month not to mention the maxx. I got rid of the droid 3 get the GN and let me tell you its not even a comparison even putting the fact that the droid was only 3g. This phone is just so much smoother and you just feel like a badass using it. I havent experienced the radio issue and i honestly believe that it just affects certain phones. I returned countless numbers of og droids and 3 droid 3’s ive never experienced such shittyy build quality as verizon and sure the GN doesnt feel like a brick in your hand that you could kill someone with by throwing it at them but it feels fluent with the curvature of your hand and is freakin light . So yeah angel you suck so does motorola. Never again will i purchase a phone from them.

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    • Mitch

      Wow, an article full of denial. Nice Droid-Life!

      • David Russell

        Yeah I agree, if the article was true then my Bionic would be capable of >20Mbps 4G download speeds with -2 bars.

        • No it would not, a Gnex yes. Bars are inaccurate on all other android phones (You either have service or you dont for most)

          • I have only been seeing 1 or 2 bars since I got it. That said I am still getting 10+ mbps on one bar. Nothing is slow and I have not dropped a single call. I would rather see the true level and dont want the update. 

    • Anonymous

      while Brian pondered isotropy, i was at JCpenney and my wife’s rezound was rockin 12 4g down and my nexus was chokin .16 on 3g. not to mention i could get no, none, zippo GPS signal on my gnexus while the rezound had 6 sats in sight… 🙂

    • I had the Droid Charge before my GN, and it was a total pile. However with that said it definitely had WAY BETTER 4G connection then my GN. Im not looking at bars for comparison Im just talking from every day use in my office, home and usual hang outs. Also Im in Vegas which is one of Verizon’s LARGEST 4G LTE coverage cities.

      • Mark Christian

        Ouch… That’s gotta hurt.  I had the pile known as the DC, when Verizon finally admitted there was an issue I was unable to make a phone call without becoming deafened by the random static in calls.  I was really tempted to hold out and get a GN, but decided to go with a Motorola.  I’m not one of the fanbois or any of that crap, but all my Motorola phones have done 1 thing VERY well and that’s making a phone call.  I’ve tried all the manufacturers and I’ve always been happiest with the Motorola phones I’ve used.
        Regardless, I wish you the best of luck and hope that it’s just a matter of software updates. I will always have a soft spot for fellow DC owners. It really killed my confidence in Samsung’s phone line.

    • Theres 100% a problem. My download speeds are a 1/4 of what they are on my droid charge. 3G though, I haven’t been in 4g yet. So its def an issue for myself, an my areas

    • Tsmall

      I agree with BS…. There is most definitely a problem.   I get no data in areas where my old OG droid and others continuously connect.   I have been setting in the same office with three others with Android phones:  OG Droid, Droid 3 and incredible all had 20+ more db than me.  

      • Tsmall

        Meant to say less db than me….   I am a little disappointed that this article was posted.   Large fan of Droid-Life but the article is definitely sub par

    • Joe

      Same thing here, I returned my rented Rezound and the signal is definitely weaker at work and 4G speeds noticeably slower, although still very fast as compared to 3G.  At home, even in my basement I had a good 4G signal and now it drops to 3G all the time.

    • Clifton Manning

      My GN is definitely having problems with its 4GLTE, my wife’s TBolt is getting much faster download speeds than my nexus WTF?!… this is NOT a non-issue, this is a BS article full of denial… I still love my GN despite all this but this is a serious issue

    • this is total BS.. I have the same Droid Charge and Nexus side by side.. Nexus -89dbm Charge -73dbm.  so obviously that study isn’t accurate. I tried this at my house and work, the numbers were way off each time. Both devices are stock, 3G area only, LTE turned off…

      • Ken M

        The article is only about LTE signal strength.

        If there is in fact a problem with its 3G reception, it wasn’t under the scope of the article.

    • Ken M

      There’s a difference between signal strength and the cutoff point where a phone will switch bands.  Your complaint is about the GN’s cutoff point, which seems relatively high or at least unstable.

      It’s not the same thing as the actual signal strength.  The two devices could have the exact same signal strength, but the Bionic has better tolerance so it doesn’t drop as frequently.

      And everyone below who has mentioned bars is an idiot.  Bars aren’t useful as a measure of anything, because the carriers and phone makers each arbitrarily set the definition of a bar for each phone.  They’ve just been bumping it up so people think they’re getting better perception, the same way treadmill companies inflate the number of calories burned so people think their product is better.

  • I’ve had 4 bars in NYC and Northern New Jersey – Can’t say I’ve had any signal issues.