After finally returning to the good old United States from a study abroad trip the other week, I went and loaded a 2.2 rom onto my Droid. Last night I figured I should probably update the baseband to one of the leaked ones as well.
Upgraded to the first one, which was required for the second one. Tested the connection speeds, and they seemed slower than before. Not good. So I upgraded to the latest one. It effectively killed my mobile connection. With the last baseband, I would go from 1 bar of 3G to 2 bars in my house. Never saw 3 bars around here. No big deal, really. I don't live here for most of the year, so I can tolerate low signal strength. But this last update was giving me almost no 3G signal period! Didn't test any calls, but wtf...
So, I went and downgraded to the first update. And man, it sure is tempermental. Sitting on my bed and holding my phone, I'm seeing 3 bars of 3G for the first time ever here. But when I move the phone one foot to the right, and place it down on the dresser next to my bed, BOOM. 0 bars, fluctuating to 1. I've had absolutely no problem getting a decent signal there before... in fact I like to stream di.fm before going to bed sometimes. So why the heck don't I have signal there? And now my signal strength literally *1 foot* away is 3 bars? Crazy.
Did a speed test on the two locations using the same test server. 219 kbps download, 260 kbps upload sitting on my dresser. Lower than with the last baseband... Some upgrade. But then when I hold it over my bed, literally one foot away: 800 kbps+, higher than I've seen before here (usually average 600 using this server).
It's nice that I've got a little more signal strength over my bed (although looking at it now, I'm seeing it fluctuate between one and three constantly... urg.), but... how strangely tempermental this baseband update is. :|