Jsandy, if you are on Verizon, I believe you can exchange your phone for a different model for a small fee if you are unhappy. The crux is that you can only do it once.
I believe that the antenna in the LG G2 is supposed to be pretty good.
If you do choose to switch, I would recommend using a signal strength app with the two phones side by side in the store. Run the app several times in different areas of the store if they will let you untether the phone. It will tell you which has a better signal. Smaller db readings mean better signal.
Yes my avatar is a chicken....WITH A CAMERA ON ITS HEAD!!!!
Typed from some sort of computing device, but probably from my LG G2 which is fun to say over and over and over again...
The percentage of time that I need it over the course of a year is infinitesimal compared to my other uses for the phone. I get good reception and data transfer everywhere else (so far). I'm going to keep my Note 3 but am really disappointed in Samsung. They packed the phone with great features and seem to have ignored the fact that, at their core, all of these devices are primarily for communication. I sincerely hope that this is a software problem that can be fixed (although I doubt it). It isn't likely that I will purchase another Samsung phone.
UPDATE: It may be an apples (pun intended) to oranges comparison but yesterday afternoon I went to the same area with my Ipad (on Verizon too). I was able to reliably connect to the net and the signal indicator was consistently 2 "bars" of 3G (I couldn't figure out where to find the actual -db reading). My Note 3 laying right next to the Ipad could only muster 1 bar of 1x. Later, when I was in town where I knew there was good coverage, the Note 3 had all bars (4G) lit and showed a fantastic (for me) -80db. If older and less feature packed phones can do it I don't understand why Samsung hasn't addressed this issue.
Last edited by jsandy; 10-18-2013 at 04:38 AM. Reason: Update information
Have you considered that your Galaxy Note may be a lemon? I work in a building that is notorious for low cell signal. My Galaxy Nexus would only work in rooms around the perimeter, while my Note 3 performs well two or three corridors in from the perimeter.
So far my reception performance has been very good. It also holds calls very well though the audio clarity is somewhat clipped and over processed.
Overall the Note 3 has been a great move for me, even though I find some of the U I could use improvement.
First thing you should do before deeming your device as a "lemon" or "defective" is re-seat the SIM card. Most signal issues stem from SIM card. If that doesn't work I would go to Verizon and request a new SIM.