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    Reception Comparison

    Has anyone used the iPhone and then used the S6/Note5 or the other way around? I've been using the iPhone 6 Plus and have had the Note 5 since launch. I have to say I'm amazed in how much stronger the reception is on the Note 5 compared to the iPhone. I'm not even talking about the band 12 ability but rather the reception in band 4 areas. The note shows more bars and yes, I even checked the actual field test/service mode and noticed the note having at times almost a stronger signal by almost 10. For example, the iPhone would have maybe -118 and the Note 5 might have -108 or -110. I've noticed in areas where the note can make data connections where the iPhone stalled out. I honestly wouldn't have thought there would've been that big of a difference since they're both high end devices. Anyone else had the ability to compare?
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    iPhones typically don't get as good of reception as some of their Android competitors.
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    I have read a few people complain that owned both the iPhone 6/6+ and the Samsung Note 4 comment that their Note 4 was much better at getting reception than their iPhone 6/6+ in the same location on T-Mobile. I haven't had a iPhone since the famous Antenna-Gate with the iPhone 4 that would drop calls if you didn't hold the phone such that you didn't touch the two outer metal rings that were the Antenna.

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    Well, I hope the new iPhones have better reception. Although, I'm doubting it. Lol. Yeah, I was really amazed on how much better the Samsungs hold on to signal better on T-Mobile.

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    My Nexus 6 seems to have really good reception. Motorola knows their radios.

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    I posted a thread a while ago to note the same but it was disregarded. iPhone 6 has below average reception. My S6 is consistently anywhere from 3-12RSRP lower than the iPhone 6 WITHOUT B12 coverage

    For even better reception than the S6? The LG Leon
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChristopherMcG View Post
    I posted a thread a while ago to note the same but it was disregarded. iPhone 6 has below average reception. My S6 is consistently anywhere from 3-12RSRP lower than the iPhone 6 WITHOUT B12 coverage

    For even better reception than the S6? The LG Leon
    I'm noticing the same thing but only on T-Mobile. Could it be the carrier updates that are causing the problem on the iPhone 6?

    The iPhone works differently on AT&T. On AT&T if I do bump down to 4G in a LTE area I can toggle the Data Roaming button off then on and LTE will come back. This same trick doesn't work on my T-Mobile iPhone 6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adonis View Post
    I'm noticing the same thing but only on T-Mobile. Could it be the carrier updates that are causing the problem on the iPhone 6?

    The iPhone works differently on AT&T. On AT&T if I do bump down to 4G in a LTE area I can toggle the Data Roaming button off then on and LTE will come back. This same trick doesn't work on my T-Mobile iPhone 6.
    It may be related to mid-band performance, AT&T has 850 MHz and band 17.
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    You may want to toggle airplane mode before checking the RSRP on the iPhone, as it doesn't seem to update that value very often.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChristopherMcG View Post
    I posted a thread a while ago to note the same but it was disregarded. iPhone 6 has below average reception. My S6 is consistently anywhere from 3-12RSRP lower than the iPhone 6 WITHOUT B12 coverage

    For even better reception than the S6? The LG Leon
    I'm going to have to get a Note5 to see if that makes the difference indoors. I'll give two examples.

    1. Where I live is on the NE end of the small town I live (Chester, IL) that is extremely spread out for a town its size. At home there are places inside where I drop to EDGE on the 5S. If the gap is that wide I could hold LTE throughout the house without having to call for a signal booster. I really wish T-Mobile would shift to LTE small cells for in the home like the new Alcatel Lucent small cell that people talk about but that's a different topic altogether.
    2. The Walmart not far from where I live is currently a place where I drop EDGE indoors. It's a thick brick and metal building that sits in a depression, as the terrain here is very hilly. That also drops me to EDGE indoors. It would be interesting to see how differently the Note5 behaves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fraydog View Post
    .......If the gap is that wide I could hold LTE throughout the house without having to call for a signal booster......
    Can you use WiFi Calling in your house?
    ...The Walmart not far from where I live is currently a place where I drop EDGE indoors...
    I was somewhat perplexed as to why I had a fairly good T-Mobile 3G signal inside the local Walmart when there's only a poor signal outside, until I realized that they sell T-Mobile as Walmart Family Mobile and must have a picocell in electronics so that the service will work there. (That's my theory anyway.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRNewcomb View Post
    Can you use WiFi Calling in your house?
    I was somewhat perplexed as to why I had a fairly good T-Mobile 3G signal inside the local Walmart when there's only a poor signal outside, until I realized that they sell T-Mobile as Walmart Family Mobile and must have a picocell in electronics so that the service will work there. (That's my theory anyway.)
    I do use WiFi calling in the house, it is a godsend. I just wanted to illustrate to people the signal range and terrain affecting signal. I can still get speeds of close to 20 Mbps down 1 Mbps up in most of the house but there's a few places like in the middle of the house where I can drop to EDGE.

    There's no Family Mobile on sale at this Walmart so no picocell, unfortunately. I suspect I could hold LTE in most of the Walmart if I had a Note5 or better RF device. I'm just not able to prove it yet.

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