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    Default Do metal cases and bumpers affect reception?

    Hi all,

    I'm looking to get one of those metal bumpers or cases for my note 3, I was just wondering if these will affect the signal strength?

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Do metal cases and bumpers affect reception?

    The bumpers shouldn't, because they only cover the sides/bezel. A metal case can potentially affect signal strength, depending on how thick it is.

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    Default Re: Do metal cases and bumpers affect reception?

    I just got a metal bumper for my Galaxy S5 and there appears to be a noticeable impact on GPS performance. the GPS appears to be drifting and lagging a lot when I play Ingress which uses the gps.

    I will try a couple of days without it again to verify but its really annoying cause the gold metal bumper looks really sweet.
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    Default Re: Do metal cases and bumpers affect reception?

    GPS is definitely back to normal with the plastic bumper after a week of using it again.
    I'll now switch back to the metal bumper for a couple of days.
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    Default Re: Do metal cases and bumpers affect reception?

    I did notice worse reception and difficulty with the GPS keeping to the roads when driving with the Metal bumper, which is a shame because it looks fantastic on the phone.
    I guess we are limited to plastic.

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