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By mastibeta, Senior Member on 16th December 2011, 01:53 PM
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16th December 2011, 04:33 PM |#31  
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I'm a mostly-3G person, and the phone seems to be:

1. Much better than the Thunderbolt or Incredible in 3G signal. By about 10dB.
2. Slightly worse than the borrowed Razr by 5 dB.

I can't talk about 4G as I'm not in it's area enough to gauge a difference. When I was in San Antonio, I got 22 down and 11 up. And I had a 4G signal in an office where I didn't have one with the Razr.

I must admit, though, that at least the Nexus can hold/reconnect (quickly) a data signal. When the Razr dropped off a data network, it could take 30~45 minutes for it to "see" a new data network. It was very annoying especially while driving. Handoffs on the Nexus seem fast.
 
 
16th December 2011, 04:52 PM |#32  
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If it is not a Motorola you can bet signal will $uck.

My rented RAZR never dropped 4G at work, with the Nexus I only see 4G from time to time.
16th December 2011, 07:09 PM |#33  
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I am thinking this may be hardware specific...it seems most have the issue, but some seem very good....ideas?

EDIT: I spent some time on the phone with Tech support. They ran some service through the towers to my device...i am assuming its like re-associating with the towers....whatever they did, my phone now has a solid 4g lock, and my data speeds have doubled.
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I am thinking this may be hardware specific...it seems most have the issue, but some seem very good....ideas?

EDIT: I spent some time on the phone with Tech support. They ran some service through the towers to my device...i am assuming its like re-associating with the towers....whatever they did, my phone now has a solid 4g lock, and my data speeds have doubled.

I'll try that tomorrow, but the signal has been terrible. LG Revolution pre Nexus and gets much better 4G in this area.

Lets get the word out and comment on posts you can find: http://androidcommunity.com/verizon-...1216/#comments
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17th December 2011, 03:54 AM |#35  
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Originally Posted by mastibeta

I am thinking this may be hardware specific...it seems most have the issue, but some seem very good....ideas?

EDIT: I spent some time on the phone with Tech support. They ran some service through the towers to my device...i am assuming its like re-associating with the towers....whatever they did, my phone now has a solid 4g lock, and my data speeds have doubled.

Probably analogous to just updating your PRL on the device.
17th December 2011, 03:59 AM |#36  
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I noticed the 3g signal is about the same if not better than my droid 2 global. I live just on the edge of 4g and neither me (galaxy nexus) or my brother (tbolt) can get a 4g signal consistently.
17th December 2011, 04:03 AM |#37  
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Coming from Sprint, this phone's 3g and 4g speeds are insane good. I'll reply if I see issues, but right now I'm in heaven.



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17th December 2011, 04:13 AM |#38  
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Anyone try going back to 4.0.1 stock image Google released (LTE obviously) before the update and see if the signal is better?

hmm.. This XYBOARD 8.2" LTE sitting next to my Galaxy Nexus has two bars of LTE while I'm on 3G.. that isn't fun
17th December 2011, 04:14 AM |#39  
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Coming from Sprint, this phone's 3g and 4g speeds are insane good. I'll reply if I see issues, but right now I'm in heaven.

That's cuz Sprint 3G / 4G is pretty bad :P
17th December 2011, 04:29 AM |#40  
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Well guys this is not our imaginations. Yesterday I got the phone first thing in the morning and if I did not have wifi in my house I would not have been able to use the phone because it kept dropping.

Yesterday I pulled the battery several times and the sim card. The phone would have 4g for a minute and then drop again.

Today I called tech support and they had me do a factory data reset. I did this and thought the problem was solved because my signal was then about as good as my Thunderbolt. However as the day has progressed it has now gone bad again and now I cannot hold much of a signal if any again.

I called tech support tonight and they guy had me turn the phone off and take the battery out and he re-provisioned it and had me check all the settings. We checked it all out and my signal is about -125 to -140 dbm. He said anything above about 95 is not a good signal.

He said it sounds like I have a device with a bad radio. He said I should take it back and get another to see if it is better with a new one or if they are all bad. Then if the phone is no good I at least have a chance to get something better within my return timeframe. This is what he told me...

This is what I am going to do tomorrow. So far I am very disappointed with the Nexus since I tortured myself over it for two months in anticipation. Finally it comes out and it is a dud. Obviously this is probably why it was delayed. It appears as though it should still be delayed or redesigned.

I hope to never be so excited over a phone again.
17th December 2011, 04:35 AM |#41  
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I went to Verizon tonight to see for myself. Both my TBolt and the GN were on 4G. With my phone held right next to the display model my T was showing -73 db while the GN was showing -99 or even lower. I watched both for a while, both signals fluctuated the same, but the spread remained about even. Either the modem firmware needs some tweaking, or the antenna needs to be redesigned.

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