REception Quality vs Original Droid IncredibleGeneral

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  1. Looking at phone options for my next upgrade. I like the fact that the Incredible 4g has a smaller screen than most of the other new phones. I have an original incredible and it has been a good phone expect for the horrible cell reception (not 3g). I know it is not just my phone since I have had a few different Incredibles. I live in a very rural area with spotty Verizon coverage and no 4g coverage, however my wife has an iPhone and she can make calls places I can't even send a text. Does anyone know if the new Incredible 4g might have a better radio so that it can be used to make calls and send txts in low reception areas.


  2. hilmar2k

    hilmar2k Well-Known Member

    I am standing in a store now comparing it to my Inc2. The Inc4G is definitely better in terms of reception. Almost on par with the RAZR MAXX.
  3. jamala00

    jamala00 Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure that is saying to much. I had the Org Inc and the Inc 2 now and the Org Inc got much better reception then the Inc 2. Wish you could compare it to the Org Inc.
  4. speedtrap63

    speedtrap63 Active Member

    I'll be doing that later today with my OG Dinc. I'll report back what I find.
  5. hilmar2k

    hilmar2k Well-Known Member

    The RAZR is supposedly very good for reception, which is why that's what I used for a comparison. The Inc4G was slightly better than the Nexus as well.
  6. Hightech

    Hightech Well-Known Member

    You realize that most stores have "femtocells" or "repeaters" so that all phones will get GREAT reception in the store, right?
  7. hilmar2k

    hilmar2k Well-Known Member

    Sure. That doesn't mean I can't compare the radio from phone to phone.
  8. jmoose4bama

    jmoose4bama Active Member

    when I was looking at phones a couple of weeks ago you could look at the quality of the signal on both the rezound and the nexus. The nexus' signal was horrible. This guy was about to walk out and I was trying to tell him how bad it is but he didn't care. said he wanted the screen
  9. speedtrap63

    speedtrap63 Active Member

    I was there today and my Orig Inc, had better reception. My Dinc was getting -94 dBm on 3G while the 4G was getting -110 dBm LTE. For comparison, the Rezound in store was getting -84 dBm LTE. The Rezound was located 20 ft away from the Dinc 4G however.
  10. hilmar2k

    hilmar2k Well-Known Member

    You can't compare 3G and 4G reception. I get around -84 dBm 3G in my house, but -103 dBm LTE.
  11. speedtrap63

    speedtrap63 Active Member

    That's why I included the Rezound as the control. The staff at the store wouldn't let me switch the Dinc 4G for a straight 3G comparison.
  12. hilmar2k

    hilmar2k Well-Known Member

    Not a good control if it's 20 feet away.
  13. Ok. I did some testing this weekend. Please keep in mind I am not a power user and I typically don't know what I am doing.

    I had my original Droid Incredible side by side with a new Droid Incredible 4Lte. My worst nightmare happened when my Incredible had a much stronger signal then the Incredible 4Lte. I am talking about standard cell reception, not 4G. I went to two locations for this test.

    Location 1: Know strong signal area. Droid Incredible -67dBm , Droid Incredible 4Lte -97dBm

    Location 2: Know weak signal area. Droid Incredible -99dBm, Droid Incredible 4 Lte - 111dBm

    So it looks like this phone is out for me!. Loved the size and feel but without decent reception I can't use it.
  14. jamala00

    jamala00 Well-Known Member

    Can anybody else confirm this? If this is true this is a bummer. I went to the Inc2 from the Org Inc and I go to northern WI to my land. The Org Inc got much better signal strength up there then my Inc2. To the point that I have started to see if I can find an Org Inc on Ebay or Craigslist to go back to... :(
  15. hilmar2k

    hilmar2k Well-Known Member

    You're sure your Inc4G wasn't on LTE at the time? I have a hard time believing that the Inc4G is that much worse than the original Inc.
  16. I assume that it was not on 4G. For my test I turned all data off on each phone. I was only trying to test cell reception. Is there a better way to test?
  17. hilmar2k

    hilmar2k Well-Known Member

    It's really easy to tell. Right under the signal strength it tells you what network it was using.

    EDIT: Crap, I attached the wrong screen shot.

    Attached Files:

  18. t35rk

    t35rk Well-Known Member

    Where in No. Is? My Dinc 1 gets great reception in Marinette. It's funny, my MOTO original Droid had no reception in Marinette, but halfway across the bridge into the U.P. the MOTO Droid had full bars.
  19. It didn't show anything except for the signal bars. I used the power control widget to toggle mobile data on/off.
  20. hilmar2k

    hilmar2k Well-Known Member

    Here is the correct screenshot.

  21. Forgot to add that besides the signal strength, I also tried making calls and sending txts. In the weak signal area the original incredible was able to make a call and send a txt, the Incredible 4g could not make a call but was able to send a txt.

  22. That is what my original incredible shows, I can't look at the Incredible 4g because I returned it to the store since the reception was so bad. I didn't want to get stuck with it.
  23. jamala00

    jamala00 Well-Known Member

    hmm? Our land is over by Chippewa Falls WI, it is actually about 10 miles north of Thorp. My Org Inc I could make calls from the area, my Inc2 won't even get a signal. I think I may have to go back to the Org Inc.
  24. jamala00

    jamala00 Well-Known Member

    Did you just go back to your Org Inc then?
  25. Yes, for now I am back on my original Droid Incredible. I am going to try to test a MotoRazr Maxx this week to see if it gets better reception. If not I am going to probably try an iPhone.

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