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Discussion in 'Android News' started by cereal killer, Dec 22, 2011.
Well,looks like we got some decisions 2 make
Yeah, this is pretty sad indeed. Strangely, people seem to be ok with it this time around though haha
How can you tell what the signal range is (dbm)? Is there an app or is this something you can look at in the settings?
Does anyone with the bad signal issues have the dB of their signal? Right now my DroidX is showing 3 bars, but I have -72dB signal strength. That is a pretty decent signal strength. If people are showing 1 bar and getting that, then it is a signal bar display issue. However, if they are getting -90 or higher dB...its a poor signal.
System Settings, About Phone, Status. Its right there.
Well if that's all verizon is doing for an update I'll be taking the Nexus back. I bought this phone off contract, and I'm not keeping a phone which may or may not have a hardware issue. I can always purchase it again down the road if there is a permanent fix
What's even funnier, is that I don't get above -80dbm in my area (when I'm paying attention anyways) and I have no signal or call quality issues.
I have -100 right now and its going from 1 to 2 bars
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Not to stir anything up Just curious what connectivity issues you had with your Fascinate as I never had any issues and still dont now that I managed to get a replacement fascinate. GPS Issues are nonexistent with this phone as I always connect to sats within 20 seconds, and I actually get better signal now than I ever did before and I live in a town where there is no tower close by. Yes I use a network extender at home but throughout the town where no one has signal I can usually pull at the very least one bar.
Also sorry if this is the wrong place to post and ask, I just saw his response and replied to it.
As far as the Gnexus goes, Does anyone think the signal issue and possibly battery life is directly related to the NFC built into the battery and it being so close to the internal antenna? I mean if basic radio frequencies can potentially interfere with a device why cant the nfc chip?
My Gnex has a -99 in my basement office showing 2 bars.
I also have the 10.1 Samsung verizon tablet showing -85 in basement also.
It seems that the radio in the Gnex may be slighty weaker in pulling in the 4G signal.
Also my Fascinate is pulling a -78 3g as a reference to above.
Just posting to see if anyone has any input about readings.
Haven't had any issues with Gnex and actually like it over the Fascinate.
I never had a replacement fascinate, maybe mine was a dud, but a lot of people had the same issues I did. We were all constantly changing radio software to try an get a decent data connection. I had the Fascinate for 6 months before I finally got rid of. GPS took like 5 minutes to kick in during navigation, etc.
My cousins Charge has similiar problems so I started to draw some conclusions from our experience and from what I gathered from the web. I also called Verizon and they flat out told me that the GPS and radio were faulty on the Fascinate and they would send me different phone, but I didn't want to cuz I was rooted and didn't know how that would work. I wish that I had done so though.
I finally went out and bought a Inc2, then a Bionic after that. I did multiple speedtests side my side with the Inc2 and Fassy. I could never get above 400kps with the Fassy, got 1.2mbps on the Inc2 from day one. I even got around 800kps on my Droid 1. I get 1.7mbps on my Bionic in 3g. The GPS never worked properly on my Fascinate the entire time I had it. I ran stock, roms, different kernals, radio, etc. Nothing worked.
I though my problems were unique and I had a bad or damaged phone, but a lot of people over at Fascinate Forums, Here on DF and over at XDA shared the same issues with their Fascinate and Charge. The idea came up that maybe Samsung used faulty or cheap radio hardware in their phones, which made sense cuz mine was very weak.
That being said, I never ran Gingerbread on my Fascinate. I got rid of it before it came to the device. Maybe gingerbread fixed the issues, but I still will never trust Samsung radio hardware, especially when Moto makes the best radios on the market and HTC isn't too bad either. My experience and research has led me to believe that Samsung has some issues.
There are many articles on the web that add to my suspicions about Samsung radios. Here is one.
Rumor: U.S. Carriers Dragging on Negotiations with Samsung Over Galaxy S2 – Droid Life
Hey Steve, slightly off-topic comment (more so since you don't own the Fascinate any more) but I ran into GPS problems early with the Droid 3 and found something that *seemed* to help:
In particular, in GPS Status' settings, there's an option to clear and refresh the aGPS data (as you know, acquired through the cell network). It's entirely possible that it's all placebo, but my impression is that the D3 went one day from endless signal searching, to immediate lock the next. I notice I do have a little trouble from time to time, but nothing like the original problems I had. In particular, I never have to try airplane mode or reboot the phone.
Hope you're doing great, and have a peaceful winter break!
Hey Matt. Yea I ran that app on my Fascinate. It's been a while since I had the Fascinate and I believed I cleared GPS data with that app, but I can't remember. I was flashing radios and roms a lot so maybe that messed up my GPS data. I basically could never count on my navigator to give me turn by turn directions. I could use the map to get a list of directions, but turn by turn never kicked in. But it could have been a lot of factors, I should cut Samsung some slack I suppose, lol...it was just a bad phone experience for me. I love the Bionic though, I am glad I went back to Moto, although this locked bootloader is a real PIA
I am doing well! Thank you. You have a wonderful winter holiday too!