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Old June 11th, 2013, 08:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I searched but haven't found any information.

I will be coming from a Galaxy Nexus which was infamous for its poor signal quality. (both calls and data)

Any old GN users out there? How does the S4 compare?

How is the camera? especially low light?


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Old June 11th, 2013, 01:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I haven't used the GN but I have been pretty impressed with the call quality. Which I realized is secondary these days . . .
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I haven't had more than a quick test with a coworkers new S4, but I can verify that 4G reception on the S4 is not as good as the DNA. (i had 4G, he did not, and when we both toggled airplane mode, mine popped up 4G, his 3G.

Not sure if it is better than the Gnex and GS3 though.
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I can only speak from experience of having VZW Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S4 side-by-side, and 4G LTE reception is identical with the same quality of voice calls (maybe even more clear on S4).
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I found the s4 signal to be far better than the s3 on Verizon. The note 2 might be a slight bit better, but not by much.
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Most reports are the S3 and S4 are the same. My brief test agreed with that.
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I have owned an S3, Note 2, & now the S4. The signal has been the same for all 3 devices.
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Hi Crash - remember seeing you in the GNex forum. Welcome to S4 Land. Just got one of these to replace my GNex and haven't noticed any significant change in signal strength (showing up as -100 dBm 40 asu), but that Sammy for you. Wife's S3 is about the same. I live in a decent coverage area, so dropped calls were never a big issue for me. On a side note, the GPS is MUCH improved over the Nexus. It locks on fast!

Haven't tried the camera in low light yet, but have heard some negative things about it. I'll give it a go when I'm out and about this weekend and (hopefully if I remember - stupid beer) report back on my experience.
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joesixpack-hey hey hey....never call beer stupid again!!!!! Take that back right now mister!!!

I went from a GNex to an S4, and although the signal strength numbers are similar in my office (sitting at -90 dBm 49 asu), I have a constant 4G connection at my desk whereas my GNex I was always in 3G. I haven't paid as much attention to the actual signal strength numbers out and about, but I have noticed that I'm on 4G MUCH more often than with my GNex.
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This weekend, I went camping with two good friends who both have VZW Nexus phones (and, btw, I was highly jealous when those phones came out only a few months after I purchased the dreadful Droid 3). So, I got to do some comparisons in an area of very low signal strength (the valley floor in Yosemite park). I had pretty good signal in areas of the park, particularly down by the visitor's center. My friends, however, had almost no signal.

Now, obviously, this is a very limited comparison. It was just 3G signal in very compromised area and tells me nothing about LTE or signal in more typical situations. But, the differences in performance of my phone vs. the Nexus was marked.

In Los Angeles proper, where Verizon has an excellent network, the signal has been flawless and I virtually never drop down to 3G from LTE.

From hanging out with my pals and there Nexus phones around town, my impression is that they basically always have signal. However, they do seem to lose LTE access a lot.
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joesixpack-hey hey hey....never call beer stupid again!!!!! Take that back right now mister!!!

I went from a GNex to an S4, and although the signal strength numbers are similar in my office (sitting at -90 dBm 49 asu), I have a constant 4G connection at my desk whereas my GNex I was always in 3G. I haven't paid as much attention to the actual signal strength numbers out and about, but I have noticed that I'm on 4G MUCH more often than with my GNex.

Pretty much sums up my experience as well. So far the S4 is a good upgrade from the Gnex. It's nice to get 10-14 hours on one charge and not have to worry about it dying on you when you need it.
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I owned the galaxy nexus and you will be impressed...better connection to the internet, instant switching from 3g to 4g and back again, and calls are perfect...I was scared of the samsung radios too after the nexus (though I do wish this was a nexus phone because samsungs software<ifyoucallitthat> sucks)


Camera.....13MP make for super clear photos but can focus soft and wash bright lights out more than the nexus did, low light is barely better in my opinion...other than the 5mp, the nexus camera was pretty darn good...if youd bump the nexus cam to 10mp I would take this over the 13 on this one...but its quite nice indoors with a really really bright flash (will blind subjects)

A few of my S4 photos
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thegreatjonashley/sets/72157633741332747/

a few of my galaxy nexus photos
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thegreatjonashley/sets/72157631534683253/


User group to post\search peoples S4 photos
http://www.flickr.com/groups/sgs4/
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In all fairness as far as radio reception, the Nexus is a very low bar. The S4 could have fair to middlin' signal and seem like the greatest device ever in comparison.

TAPS uses a Nexus as part of their ghost huntin' equipment, since the signal can only be picked up by spirits
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In all fairness as far as radio reception, the Nexus is a very low bar. The S4 could have fair to middlin' signal and seem like the greatest device ever in comparison.

TAPS uses a Nexus as part of their ghost huntin' equipment, since the signal can only be picked up by spirits
Exactly, I survive with my GN because of the other features, but I make a switch signal quality has to be better...

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joesixpack-hey hey hey....never call beer stupid again!!!!! Take that back right now mister!!!
Beer not stupid - I just get stupid after each beer. My apologies for insulting beer

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Exactly, I survive with my GN because of the other features, but I make a switch signal quality has to be better...

Thanks everyone for their input!

The S4 is the same as the S3 for reception. Both are much better than the Gnex.
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Old June 16th, 2013, 06:01 PM   #17 (permalink)
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The S4 is the same as the S3 for reception. Both are much better than the Gnex.
...and therefore out of the question for me. Both my office and my husband's house in WV are in weak signal areas. ONly phones that can cut it are Razr Maxx HD (sold) and iPhone 5 (stuck with this right now). Come on, Verizon! Give me an Android phone with strong radios, AND a great camera!
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...and therefore out of the question for me. Both my office and my husband's house in WV are in weak signal areas. ONly phones that can cut it are Razr Maxx HD (sold) and iPhone 5 (stuck with this right now). Come on, Verizon! Give me an Android phone with strong radios, AND a great camera!
The reception on my S4 is excellent and easily on par with the Moto it replaced.
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The S4 is the same as the S3 for reception. Both are much better than the Gnex.
Not in my case... At our church with my s3 I would have a weak 3g signal with no hope of getting 4g....with the s4 I have consistently held a 4g signal, maybe only 2 bars but it's definitely not the same as my s3
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For those people who have low signal, why don't you switch to another carrier that provides better service in the area that you're in? If Verizon isn't providing adequate signal to you, why stay with them? It doesn't make sense. I switched away from Verizon for that very reason.

Went to AT&T and I now have no issues what so ever in every area that I had an issue with. Hell, they even threw in a micro-cell just... because they could.

Verizon isn't the greatest network in the US, their advertisements may say they are and that they have the best network in America. I don't buy that statement. If they are the best network in America, I'd hate to see the worst.
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For those people who have low signal, why don't you switch to another carrier that provides better service in the area that you're in? If Verizon isn't providing adequate signal to you, why stay with them? It doesn't make sense. I switched away from Verizon for that very reason.

Went to AT&T and I now have no issues what so ever in every area that I had an issue with. Hell, they even threw in a micro-cell just... because they could.

Verizon isn't the greatest network in the US, their advertisements may say they are and that they have the best network in America. I don't buy that statement. If they are the best network in America, I'd hate to see the worst.
Common sense should tell you that it depends on your area... At&t absolutely sucks in my area but that doesn't mean they're bad everywhere. Verizon is the best in my area so that's why i have it. Besides, this isn't about carrier really... It's about the radio strength in certain phones which makes your argument pretty much invalid.
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I think if the OP took the running trend of responses, there is no stand-out answer. Some say better, some say the same as S3. At least nobody is saying it is worse
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For those people who have low signal, why don't you switch to another carrier that provides better service in the area that you're in? If Verizon isn't providing adequate signal to you, why stay with them? It doesn't make sense. I switched away from Verizon for that very reason.

Went to AT&T and I now have no issues what so ever in every area that I had an issue with. Hell, they even threw in a micro-cell just... because they could.

Verizon isn't the greatest network in the US, their advertisements may say they are and that they have the best network in America. I don't buy that statement. If they are the best network in America, I'd hate to see the worst.
Even though the Verizon signal is weak in the area I spend the most time, the other carriers are worse. At least I can still make and receive calls, whereas folks on other carriers often can't even do that.
So you may be making a faulty assumption that there is a better choice for the area in question.
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For those people who have low signal, why don't you switch to another carrier that provides better service in the area that you're in? If Verizon isn't providing adequate signal to you, why stay with them? It doesn't make sense. I switched away from Verizon for that very reason.

Went to AT&T and I now have no issues what so ever in every area that I had an issue with. Hell, they even threw in a micro-cell just... because they could.

Verizon isn't the greatest network in the US, their advertisements may say they are and that they have the best network in America. I don't buy that statement. If they are the best network in America, I'd hate to see the worst.
VZW is by far the best in my area and most area's I travel. In addition, my work building is wired for VZW, So I get full bars everywhere in the building while no other carrier gets signal.

This discussion was intended to discuss the SIGNAL differences between phones on the VZW network as they can and do vary greatly.
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Well, I see in a lot of other forums (not just this one) threads that talk about Verizon Wireless signal issues. With so many phones out there that are having the same issue in more than one geographical location, you have to stop and think about what the real problem may be. Maybe it's not the device's fault, maybe it's the network itself.

When does one stop blaming the devices and start blaming the network?
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When does one stop blaming the devices and start blaming the network?
When the issue is not consistent with all phones side by side. Like I said, my s3 would get worse signal than my s4....also,my iPhone 5 I used to have kept a stronger signal than my s4... the RAZR maxx hd I had was similar to the iPhone 5.

Different phones have different radios... Simple
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