4G Bar Algorithm Flawed

eygraber

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I can't help but feel that there is some issue with Motorola's algorithm to determine how many bars of 4G to display. Since Thursday, I have had full bars only once (in the heart of NYC where I usually get full bars all the time), and this morning I ran a speedtest with one bar and got 27 down and 5.5 up. Anyone else experiencing this?
 

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I could be wrong about this.. but I believe the bars are possibly only showing your cell radio (i.e. voice calls) signal strength, which as I understand it is a different radio anyway. I think this because the few times I've been in areas with no data, I'll still have full or almost full bars and be able to make voice calls just fine. I think the 4G/3G logo might be your only indication that your using that while the bars don't have to do with data.

Feel free to correct me if I'm totally wrong, obviously :)
 

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I was in the city this weekend and noticed the same thing. Couldn't really determine whether the signal in fact was dropping or if there was something wrong with the phone. I will say though I had no cell service at one point for an extended period of time ( and I know it wasn't only me ) so its possible Verizon is having issues.
 

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I know there used to be an app called Antennas that let you know which tower you were connected to. I think it might have given you the signal strength not sure though.
 

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I could be wrong about this.. but I believe the bars are possibly only showing your cell radio (i.e. voice calls) signal strength, which as I understand it is a different radio anyway. I think this because the few times I've been in areas with no data, I'll still have full or almost full bars and be able to make voice calls just fine. I think the 4G/3G logo might be your only indication that your using that while the bars don't have to do with data.

Feel free to correct me if I'm totally wrong, obviously :)

Then there would be an issue either with Verizon temporarily or the cell radio on the Bionic (really hope not)
 

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I noticed this right away. The bionic only shows me at one bar in places where I had two or more with the charge. The reason: the bionic only has four bars, where most other phone have five. So in reality, that one bar would be somewhere closer to 2 on other phones. Speeds don't suffer, but the bionic has a tougher job displaying the true signal thanks to the lack of that one bar.


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I noticed this right away. The bionic only shows me at one bar in places where I had two or more with the charge. The reason: the bionic only has four bars, where most other phone have five. So in reality, that one bar would be somewhere closer to 2 on other phones. Speeds don't suffer, but the bionic has a tougher job displaying the true signal thanks to the lack of that one bar.


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Sent from my iPad? How could you? lol jk.
I didn't notice the missing bar, but I kind of was thinking it. Guess that would make a lot of sense. But does it matter as long as we're getting super amazing speed?
 

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Sent from my iPad? How could you? lol jk.
I didn't notice the missing bar, but I kind of was thinking it. Guess that would make a lot of sense. But does it matter as long as we're getting super amazing speed?

Ha. Well, I consume a lot of media so the iPad is the best fit.

I think people are more confused than anything. Only having a bar and still getting face-melting speeds will do that to you.


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