Hello! I am one of those galaxy nexus owners who absolutely love the phone but HATE the weak signal...
When I am in an open area, I seem to get pretty good reception on my phone, but everything changes when I go inside a building! I get HORRIBLE reception inside buildings (like my house and work), which causes my phone to slightly heat up and drain battery very quickly. I am tired of having to turn on airplane mode in these situations to conserve battery! I can confidently say that it is the phone, not the area, that causes the weak signal because my friends who have Verizon iPhones get 2-3 bars of 3G when I have ZERO bars...
I have tried almost everything to improve signal (restart phone, take out battery and sim card, allow CDMA only, etc.) , and nothing seems to have worked!!! My sister, who also has a galaxy nexus, has the same problems as I do, so I doubt a replacement phone/sim card would be any help.
Does anyone know if Verizon/Google/Samsung will be releasing an update to improve signal for this phone?
I'm having these problems as well. I keep thinking the next software update will fix it, but it hasn't. At least not fully. I was with my wife on a road trip over Thanksgiving weekend and took some comparison screenshots of both phones. As you'll see in these screenshots, the Galaxy Nexus barely has a bar of 3G, while the iPhone boast full strength. Yes, I know that bars are only a visual representation, but it's hard to get DBM information on the iPhone. I can tell you the Galaxy Nexus couldn't even load a mobile friendly web-site, while the iPhone did. Here I avoided the iPhone 4S because of "signal issues". A lot of good that did me. Thoughts Verizon? Replacement SIM cards don't fix the issue.
The iPhone was probably displaying the voice signal strength. The Nexus will display the strength of the 3G signal. I don't follow the bar anyway. The signal strength is dBm level is what you should be looking at.
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