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    Signal Strength

    The signal strength on my Maxx is 1/2 of what it was pre-update. My wife's Maxx is still on GB and has 5 bars vs my 2.

    Anyone experience this or have a fix ?
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    Bars mean nothing. Check the actual numbers..they are available in the settings somewhere.

    The nexus went through this...

    Here is an explanation: AnandTech - Investigating the Galaxy Nexus LTE Signal Issue

    And here are the bars recalibrated in 4.0.4 on the Nexus: AnandTech - CDMA/LTE Galaxy Nexus 4.0.4 Update Changes Signal Reporting

    So yeah, check the actual signal numbers and see if there is a drop. There may be (I don't know), but I bet you they just scaled the bars differently. Curious to see your findings.
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    Found signal strength in "About Phone" under Settings. The signal strengths ranged from -108dBm (2 bars) to -78 dBm (3 bars). My wife's phone, still operating GB, reflected -90 dBm (5 bars) to -85 dBm(5 bars) for the same period.

    Sounds like there may be a change in the scale used to calculate the number of bars from GB to ICS.
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    Yea, GB was always really optimistic about singal level in regards to the # of bars it displayed. I think they've actually gone to a more usable scale in ICS.
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    Cant even go by the numbers anymore. ICS shows LTE bars and decibels more accurately.

    I have seen in the exact same spot 1x, 3G and 4G all have different bars and decibels. 4G looked worse now than on GB too. Easy way to see this is in the About Phone or Network areas. On 3G, it should show 1x and 3G readings at the same time and it they be different. The bars will represent 3G if the phone is connected to 3G.

    I think on GB and before...it was showing the 1x readings, cant remember now. Either way....on GB and before it wasn't showing the accurate 4G bars and decibels.
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    Based on download/upload speeds this ics update ruined Motorola reputation for having best reception in business.

    For example: I have nexus, wife has maxx. Her d/u speeds were always 2-3x of my nexus. After the update its same or worse then nexus. On both 4G and 3g.

    I used to be able to watch espn over 3g on high definition with her phone, now it can hardly keep low def going without buffering. Motorola really ****ed up the radios with this update.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xeene View Post
    Based on download/upload speeds this ics update ruined Motorola reputation for having best reception in business.

    For example: I have nexus, wife has maxx. Her d/u speeds were always 2-3x of my nexus. After the update its same or worse then nexus. On both 4G and 3g.

    I used to be able to watch espn over 3g on high definition with her phone, now it can hardly keep low def going without buffering. Motorola really ****ed up the radios with this update.
    After a few days of settling it should get better. I factory data reset and all is ten times better...my issue now is browser hanging occasionally

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    Quote Originally Posted by droid2drummer

    After a few days of settling it should get better. I factory data reset and all is ten times better...my issue now is browser hanging occasionally

    Sent from my DROID RAZR using Tapatalk 2
    How do you do a factory data reset on ics?, what will i loose?

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    Quote Originally Posted by xeene View Post
    Based on download/upload speeds this ics update ruined Motorola reputation for having best reception in business.

    For example: I have nexus, wife has maxx. Her d/u speeds were always 2-3x of my nexus. After the update its same or worse then nexus. On both 4G and 3g.

    I used to be able to watch espn over 3g on high definition with her phone, now it can hardly keep low def going without buffering. Motorola really ****ed up the radios with this update.
    After installing ICS, my Maxx seems to run faster. I guess different strokes for different folks (as with most any Operating system update/upgrade)
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    Quote Originally Posted by aggiesrul8 View Post
    After installing ICS, my Maxx seems to run faster. I guess different strokes for different folks (as with most any Operating system update/upgrade)
    Yea....cuz I havent had any better or worse battery life or worse data speeds after the ICS update. Those 2 things I have seen some ppl complain about.
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