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  1. gdnp's Avatar
    I got my phone on the 11th and have been concerned about signal strength. I'm getting 2 to 3 bars where my old iphone 4s got 4 to 5. Right now the signal strength on the iphone is -79, and on the Galaxy 5s is -108.

    Now I can understand a dB or two difference, maybe 5 or even 10. But 30 dB seems way out of range. Anyone have an explanation other than a defective phone?
    04-13-2014 10:36 PM
  2. gdnp's Avatar
    double post. sorry
    04-13-2014 10:39 PM
  3. Eclipse2K's Avatar
    I got my phone on the 11th and have been concerned about signal strength. I'm getting 2 to 3 bars where my old iphone 4s got 4 to 5. Right now the signal strength on the iphone is -79, and on the Galaxy 5s is -108.

    Now I can understand a dB or two difference, maybe 5 or even 10. But 30 dB seems way out of range. Anyone have an explanation other than a defective phone?
    Android devices starting on Ice Cream Sandwich (I think it's that) have showed dBm readings differently. The iPhone as far as I believe is showing the dBm in 1X or something more cellular signal wise. The newer Android phones confuse people because you're getting readings for the network you're currently on. In this case, the dBm for LTE rather than just cellular.

    Someone correct me if I'm wrong. I may be explaining this wrong. Too sleepy lol.

    Edit: changing my network selection from LTE/CDMA to Global and back and fourth showed me this is true. It always ends up at -105 dBm as I'm in a so so LTE area but for a brief moment it's got a -88 dBm signal. So your cellular signal may be weak on LTE but that doesn't mean you have no service.

    Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (Verizon)
    04-13-2014 11:09 PM
  4. zipro's Avatar
    Android devices starting on Ice Cream Sandwich (I think it's that) have showed dBm readings differently. The iPhone as far as I believe is showing the dBm in 1X or something more cellular signal wise. The newer Android phones confuse people because you're getting readings for the network you're currently on. In this case, the dBm for LTE rather than just cellular.

    Someone correct me if I'm wrong. I may be explaining this wrong. Too sleepy lol.

    Edit: changing my network selection from LTE/CDMA to Global and back and fourth showed me this is true. It always ends up at -105 dBm as I'm in a so so LTE area but for a brief moment it's got a -88 dBm signal. So your cellular signal may be weak on LTE but that doesn't mean you have no service.

    Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (Verizon)
    Except that in my case, I simply don't get an LTE signal where the iPhone 5S and the Nexus 5 do. LTE in general works on the phone, but reception is bad.
    04-13-2014 11:49 PM
  5. Eclipse2K's Avatar
    Except that in my case, I simply don't get an LTE signal where the iPhone 5S and the Nexus 5 do. LTE in general works on the phone, but reception is bad.
    I don't understand phones. I'd try a replacement or a new SIM. I've seen way to many people with the S5 claim the same as you and than the same amount of people say the S5 has LTE when their Nexus 5 and iPhone 5S wouldn't. Some of those people are from these forums. It makes no sense.

    Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (Verizon)
    04-13-2014 11:54 PM
  6. psp1232171's Avatar
    Except that in my case, I simply don't get an LTE signal where the iPhone 5S and the Nexus 5 do. LTE in general works on the phone, but reception is bad.
    LTE is data only not anything to do with cellular calls. In a year or two everyone will have Voice Over LTE. Try to update PRL that might work.

    Posted via Android Central App
    04-13-2014 11:55 PM
  7. zipro's Avatar
    LTE is data only not anything to do with cellular calls.
    Yes, and your point is? Where did I say I can't call anyone?
    04-14-2014 02:07 AM
  8. bob606's Avatar
    Getting one more (voice) bar and more stable signal/connectivity with the S5 than with Moto Droid Bionic (I'm between 2 towers and the bionic was constantly switching btw the 2 towers and was having dropped calls every 30mins)
    04-14-2014 01:13 PM
  9. Fillyo's Avatar
    Eclipse, go buy one and trial it out, I don't pay attention to those readings, I have had a GS3, GS4 & GS5 and have not had reception issues, those signal strength numbers just make you paranoid. As a matter of fact, I never got spectrum 4 in my office on my S4, but I did a speed test on my S5 this morning, pretty impressedGalaxy S5: Signal Strength-st4-14.jpg.
    04-14-2014 01:26 PM
  10. feivel's Avatar
    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.
    Spent some time in a Verizon store with my GS3 and I found a similar and consistent relation. My GS3, which as consistently had very weak signal, was 2-5 dBm higher than the Note 3 (which was a big surprise!) which was 2-5 dBm higher than the GS5. Oddly, the Motorola Ultra and X were both lower. I watched the Ultra drop into 3G while I was checking signal! And I compared each one with my GS3 at the same location, so it's not a position thing.

    What IS good these days? Is it all about dBm, or is there a software/chipset issue that really correlates with behavior?
    04-14-2014 01:29 PM
  11. Eclipse2K's Avatar
    Eclipse, go buy one and trial it out, I don't pay attention to those readings, I have had a GS3, GS4 & GS5 and have not had reception issues, those signal strength numbers just make you paranoid. As a matter of fact, I never got spectrum 4 in my office on my S4, but I did a speed test on my S5 this morning, pretty impressedClick image for larger version. 

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    I ordered mine from Verizon online since I'll get a $150 gift card from Comcast.

    Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (Verizon)
    04-14-2014 02:04 PM
  12. Jdt0109's Avatar
    Ive had all the newer devices the last year plus. In my work building the S3 was terrible, note 2 was better, S4 would always give me issues, note 3 wasnt bad. The S5 is close to the note 3 maybe a little better in my opinion. It hasnt given me anytime without signal where the S3 and S4 would defnitely have. That goes with the G2 also. I would have a little time without signal throughout the day. So for me its great....
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    04-14-2014 02:31 PM
  13. layla616's Avatar
    I came from ATT on an iPhone 4. Moved to Verizon for the BOGO on S5. My iPhone4 on ATT had full signal strength at all times. Never once dropped a call. My S5 gets two bars in the house, maybe 3 bars when I'm out and about. (Unless I am at the Verizon store. Had full bars there.) I dropped my first call this morning. Frustrating. I assume it's carrier, not my s5.
    04-14-2014 02:42 PM
  14. sel1965's Avatar
    I have no problem making calls so far anywhere. I do however have trouble with data in my house which I never did with my Iphone 5s. In fact I never used my home internet with my iphone since I had good LTE speeds. On my S5 my data almost does not exist at home, I have to have it on my wifi in order to get any data at all.
    04-14-2014 03:09 PM
  15. zipro's Avatar
    I have no problem making calls so far anywhere. I do however have trouble with data in my house which I never did with my Iphone 5s. In fact I never used my home internet with my iphone since I had good LTE speeds. On my S5 my data almost does not exist at home, I have to have it on my wifi in order to get any data at all.
    Yeah, same here :-/
    04-14-2014 04:14 PM
  16. Netherscourge's Avatar
    I get better signal strength on my S5 than my wife does on her S4 mini.

    In the same spot with the same carrier (Sprint), I can get a ~6.0Mbps LTE connection, while her phone only get's a ~4.5Mbps LTE connection. That's with 3 different Speedtest runs.

    Our WIFI strength is exactly the same on both phones/ (~25Mbps)
    04-14-2014 04:22 PM
  17. HOLLYWOODANT215's Avatar
    My lte is not showing up in places my s4 f did, I rarely ever saw 3 on my sprint s4

    Posted via Android Central App
    04-14-2014 09:33 PM
  18. lou61166's Avatar
    Sprint with any doubt is horrible they far an away the worst 4G service of any carrier so you really cannot fault a device when you are using sprints service

    Sent from my HTC6435LVW using Tapatalk
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    04-15-2014 05:40 AM
  19. Joe113's Avatar
    Sprint with any doubt is horrible they far an away the worst 4G service of any carrier so you really cannot fault a device when you are using sprints service

    Sent from my HTC6435LVW using Tapatalk
    Amen to that! (Sprint user)
    04-15-2014 07:32 AM
  20. MBM7881's Avatar
    Sprint with any doubt is horrible they far an away the worst 4G service of any carrier so you really cannot fault a device when you are using sprints service

    Sent from my HTC6435LVW using Tapatalk
    I agree! Left sprint for Verizon and haven't looked back

    Sent from my SM-P600 using AC Forums mobile app
    04-15-2014 07:45 AM
  21. sel1965's Avatar
    Then how would one explain getting good to great reception on one phone and hardly any on another using the same service?
    04-15-2014 07:48 AM
  22. feivel's Avatar
    Is there a comparison of handset signal performance somewhere? I'm amazed that, with all of the comparisons of gimmicks out there, I haven't been able to find a "how-is-this-device-as-a-PHONE" comparison.
    04-15-2014 08:58 AM
  23. philosopherisdog's Avatar
    Coming from a GNEX, this thing has great signal!

    But that doesn't necessarily say much! Haha.

    I'm happy so far. Right now sitting in an area where I used to not get LTE, now I do.
    04-15-2014 09:03 AM
  24. jordo487's Avatar
    My lte is not showing up in places my s4 f did, I rarely ever saw 3 on my sprint s4

    Posted via Android Central App
    There are a few of us in discussion with Sprint on the Sprint Forums about this right now. We all had S3's before and had great LTE connection and now switching to the S5 we have pretty much lost all of our LTE reception.
    04-15-2014 09:07 AM
  25. italianotampa's Avatar
    There are a few of us in discussion with Sprint on the Sprint Forums about this right now. We all had S3's before and had great LTE connection and now switching to the S5 we have pretty much lost all of our LTE reception.
    I had a S4 and had great reception. The S5 dropped to 3G in places I had LTE before. So now I'm back to my S4 and returned the S5.

    Posted via Android Central App
    04-15-2014 09:49 AM
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