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    Default Galaxy S5: Signal Strength

    Once the device is in the hands of a decent amount of users I'd like to see how the signal compares to other devices. The S4 was not as good as the Note series but the Note 3 seems to be worse than the Note 2. I'm hoping Samsung got their act together because I have friends who can't hold a call for the life of them on the S4 and Note 3 but Motorola phones, as expected, worked fine. Just not enough "flash" or tech in Motorola devices.

    Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (Verizon)
    Last edited by NotJustAPhone; 04-11-2014 at 04:30 PM.
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    I went to Verizon to check the signal strength along with other things. In that area the stores and my Note 3 hovered around -100 dBm. Not the best, but acceptable. The S5 hovered around -103 to -105 dBm.

    Again, not a huge difference but still a difference either way.

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    That doesn't sound promising, thanks for the update.
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    The Sprint S5 store model had a 6-8dBm weaker signal than my S4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by copywrite View Post
    That doesn't sound promising, thanks for the update.
    No, it really doesn't. I wanted to make the switch but Samsung radios are never the best so I canceled my preorder through Verizon/Comcast promotion. I just found it odd that two Note 3 devices held the same signal while one S5 was worse. I even switched positions of the devices just in case the couple of inches mattered and same result.

    Quote Originally Posted by italianotampa View Post
    The Sprint S5 store model had a 6-8dBm weaker signal than my S4.

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    I've seen others report that the S5 has better reception than the S4. I'm not sure if they used bars or actual dBm information to confirm though.
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    Default Re: Galaxy S5: Signal Strength

    I'm on Verizon with my S5 and it seems about the same if not a little bit better than my Moto Razr Maxx XT912.
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    I guess there is difference between CDMA and GSM radio performance? The at&t model I saw was better than even M8, Moto X next to it which are regarded as good reception phones. The difference is about 6~7dbm but noticeable.

    I think up to 5dbm difference is not something to worry much, but if it's more than 10dbm it's bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jdroids View Post
    I guess there is difference between CDMA and GSM radio performance? The at&t model I saw was better than even M8, Moto X next to it which are regarded as good reception phones. The difference is about 6~7dbm but noticeable.

    I think up to 5dbm difference is not something to worry much, but if it's more than 10dbm it's bad.
    Depends, -120 is no signal so if you go to an area like that ever those extra 3-5 dBm may matter. The issue is Samsung phones are worse than Motorola and others so every dBm counts.

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    I got the S5 yesterday - the real-world reception is worse than on the N3, and considerably worse than on the iPhone 5S. It's also slightly worse than on my wife's M8. While I can get a solid 4G lock on the iPhone 5S, I can't get 4G at all on the S5 in my house.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zipro View Post
    I got the S5 yesterday - the real-world reception is worse than on the N3, and considerably worse than on the iPhone 5S. It's also slightly worse than on my wife's M8. While I can get a solid 4G lock on the iPhone 5S, I can't get 4G at all on the S5 in my house.
    That's depressing.

    I really want a smaller Samsung device but my most important feature is top tier signal strength. I may have to look else where with Motorola and HTC One M8 maybe.

    Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (Verizon)
    Last edited by Eclipse2K; 04-11-2014 at 08:48 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eclipse2K View Post
    Depends, -120 is no signal so if you go to an area like that ever those extra 3-5 dBm may matter. The issue is Samsung phones are worse than Motorola and others so every dBm counts.
    Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (Verizon)
    It's true small dbm difference matters if you are close to -120dbm. Actually I had such phone, Galaxy Nexus on Verizon which was definition of weak reception phone! S3 was much better than Gnex though still not great. But on GSM network like at&t, T-mo, Samsung phones seem to do just as well as other brands if not better.
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    Wow that's awful. I'm going to give it 3 days. If I notice anything bad about the reception, it's going back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jdroids View Post
    It's true small dbm difference matters if you are close to -120dbm. Actually I had such phone, Galaxy Nexus on Verizon which was definition of weak reception phone! S3 was much better than Gnex though still not great. But on GSM network like at&t, T-mo, Samsung phones seem to do just as well as other brands if not better.
    I wonder why Samsung has issues on CDMA if not on GSM. I obviously haven't tested reception nor could I based on different carriers/location but still odd. Don't get me wrong I love my Note but the S5 display is perfect and I love the comfort level. I'm just not willing to give up signal strength even though I'm usually in decent enough areas.



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    Quick question - even though I saw a difference is the phone still worth it? I obviously am going to be looking for a smaller device but I also want it to work properly. I love the amount of accessories available and I use Tempered Glass protectors so Samsung is the way to go if all goes well.

    Go for it? I'm all back and fourth on this one. Lol

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    My findings with my GS3 at the Verizon store today. My GS3 -90db, GS5 -95db. Both were side by side. Checked both display models and got the same results. Wonder if a radio update will soon come?? This weaker radio concerns me a little.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwatcool View Post
    My findings with my GS3 at the Verizon store today. My GS3 -90db, GS5 -95db. Both were side by side. Checked both display models and got the same results. Wonder if a radio update will soon come?? This weaker radio concerns me a little.

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    I can't believe its weaker than a 2 year old phone. That's a concerning thing to me and to be honest unacceptable. The GS3 wasn't known for having a great radio either.

    Maybe a software update is due to hit soon?

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    Last edited by Eclipse2K; 04-11-2014 at 10:48 PM.
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    This seems wierd to me as many people stated the S5 had better signal than the S4 and now people are stating otherwise

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    Quote Originally Posted by msavic6 View Post
    This seems wierd to me as many people stated the S5 had better signal than the S4 and now people are stating otherwise

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    I may go to Best Buy and buy an S5. I can return with no restocking fee within 14 days (30 but don't want an active contract if I return) and do a 2 week test. I can't imagine it being unusable but who knows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eclipse2K View Post
    I may go to Best Buy and buy an S5. I can return with no restocking fee within 14 days (30 but don't want an active contract if I return) and do a 2 week test. I can't imagine it being unusable but who knows.

    Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (Verizon)
    I think that is your best bet if you are really considering the S5 as a replacement for your Note 3. Speaking of the Note 3, upon release people complained about weak signal strength and said it was noticeably worse than the S4, I havent been paying attention to the Note forums so I'm wondering were those claims valid or did they turn out to be false?

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    Quote Originally Posted by msavic6 View Post
    I think that is your best bet if you are really considering the S5 as a replacement for your Note 3. Speaking of the Note 3, upon release people complained about weak signal strength and said it was noticeably worse than the S4, I havent been paying attention to the Note forums so I'm wondering were those claims valid or did they turn out to be false?

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    Weaker than others but not horrible. Some people have a lot of issues and others don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eclipse2K View Post
    That's depressing.

    I really want a smaller Samsung device but my most important feature is top tier signal strength. I may have to look else where with Motorola and HTC One M8 maybe.

    Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (Verizon)
    The M8 is only marginally better in this respect. I don't know the Motorola handsets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zipro View Post
    The M8 is only marginally better in this respect. I don't know the Motorola handsets.
    Motorola is generally good but the phones never have any good accessories unless its a MotoX. Even so, every Motorola phone my friends or family owned always slowed down to a crawl after the first year. So in a 2 year contract you have a phone that struggles with even just web browsing or texting.

    However, being on Verizon, I always opt for the Maxx variant.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Eclipse2K View Post
    Motorola is generally good but the phones never have any good accessories unless its a MotoX. Even so, every Motorola phone my friends or family owned always slowed down to a crawl after the first year. So in a 2 year contract you have a phone that struggles with even just web browsing or texting.

    However, being on Verizon, I always opt for the Maxx variant.


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    I had the S3 which I factory reset after using for 1.5 years and it's totally slower than my moto x. I could hardly get my files and pics off the phone before the reset. I don't think it's a brand issue. I think it's a technology thing. My Droid bionic does suck if I ever have to use it as anything but a clock. So I don't disagree with moto phones slowing down... But my opinion is that they all do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cappy718 View Post
    I had the S3 which I factory reset after using for 1.5 years and it's totally slower than my moto x. I could hardly get my files and pics off the phone before the reset. I don't think it's a brand issue. I think it's a technology thing. My Droid bionic does suck if I ever have to use it as anything but a clock. So I don't disagree with moto phones slowing down... But my opinion is that they all do it.

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    Oh they all do without a doubt. My point is the Note and S4+ line is so powerful now I don't see two years from launch being the time it slows down. Maybe it will, but with 2+ GB of RAM I think were pretty safe.

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    If you ask me, the whole slowing-down thing is primarily an Android problem. I've seen this on pretty much every single Android device I've ever had. And I've never seen it on a WP8 or iOS device.
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