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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by nickc9.3, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. nickc9.3

    nickc9.3 Member
    Thread Starter

    I have ruled out the nexus because of bad reception. And am most worried about the rezounds reception and battery life. How might that compare to the Razr. (I could always get extended battery)
     



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  2. bik2101

    bik2101 Well-Known Member

    battery life is fine. pretty much in line with other lte phones but def better than tbolt.
    reception is great, no complaints here.
     
  3. nynvolt

    nynvolt Android Enthusiast

    Just read a thread in this forum that showed the razr and rezound had pretty equal reception, the nexus, not so much. I think my droid x had a slightly better antenna.
     
  4. olbriar

    olbriar  
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    My reception is equal to or better than my retired Dinc. I occasionally dropped a call here in my office with the Dinc but haven't lost a call with the Rezound. It's difficult to compare the 3g in the two units for I almost always have 4g in my area which is just WOW. If you are comparing the Rezound to the Nexus I think the Rezound wins this round. I can't speak for the Razr. I haven't been in their forum and don't know anyone that has one.
     
  5. TheXFactor

    TheXFactor Android Enthusiast

    Reception is great, or else I wouldn't be ownin this bad boy.
     
  6. Eric2

    Eric2 Well-Known Member

    Ditto. Signal strength of the Rezound is very good. Compared the Nexus and Rezound side-by-side in the store, and the Rezound was far better. I did not compare it to the Razr though.
     
  7. trophynuts

    trophynuts Extreme Android User

    The signal on the ReZound was a little less than my DroidX but it was better than my G Nex. Battery life for me was great on the ReZound for my usages.
     
  8. mlg2919

    mlg2919 Member

    Has anyone taken their Rezound into rural non verizon areas? How was the signal strength?
     
  9. trophynuts

    trophynuts Extreme Android User

    I live in such an area. I get zero to 1 bar with my G Nex ( however i have excellent call quality and no dropped calls with that ) With my ReZound i got about 2 to 3 bars at the most in the same spot.



    Edit* I really feel that HTC nailed it on the head by adding all of the antenna aides in the battery cover.
     
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  10. olbriar

    olbriar  
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    I have recently been working in the boonies.. far from the 4g footprint here in Oz. The Rezound steps down to 3g without any problems and the reception is great.
    I have not bothered to force 3g during my work day and haven't felt the discomfort of unusual battery drain I expected. Do keep in mind I do enjoy a very bullish big red network where I live. I don't know if others enjoy the same reception.
     
  11. clemarr

    clemarr Newbie

    Well here is my experience so far. Yesterday for example I went to my granddaughters Christmas program. After is was over I looked at my phone and 0 bars and no 3g or 1x. My son has the Droid 3 and he had 3 bars and 3g. So I compared db signal strength and my Rezound was -107 and his Droid 3 was -82. This is my first HTC and so far I have lost signal in places I never lost it with my OG droid. I travel a lot and this looks like it going to be a problem. I called Verizon today and they had me to do a factory reset which I already have done but I did it anyway. I live 8 blocks from a tower and my signal is jumping from 2 to 3 bars. That is why I found this thread because I was looking into a possible solution.
     
  12. schimm

    schimm Android Enthusiast

    Right.....you can't compare bars. That's very unreliable information. I've got a dBm widget on my Nexus now and that's the way to compare. -107 is practically no signal while -82 is pretty decent. In fact, on my Nexus, I have not seen -82. You might want to do further testing to see if you need to return your phone.....that disparity to a bit too large.
     
  13. BlueBiker

    BlueBiker Android Expert

    LOL, you were halfway there... Bars are never comparable between different phone models, and in the case of Nexus the dBm aren't comparable either (since it measures LTE strength while other phones do not).

    Rezound is almost universally considered to have an excellent radio. I can easily pickup 4G in areas where my Charge couldn't at all.

    Forget bars and forget numbers: What matters is how reliable a connection is and how fast your upload and download speeds are.

    About the Rez battery: You can get good battery performance out of the phone, but IMO it takes some fiddling w/settings to reduce the activity of connections and apps when you're not using them. Disabling 4G when it's not available, turning off Bluetooth when you're not using it, enabling sleep mode, all these things help.
     
  14. TxGoat

    TxGoat Guest

    The phone was received without much fanfare. Some people thought the Beats EQ was a big gimmick, and there wasn't much publicity with its release....Oh wait you mean a different kind of "reception".....my bad.... :p
     
  15. schimm

    schimm Android Enthusiast

    How 'bout this.....if I have my Nexus on CDMA and I'm comparing the dBm numbers with my Droid X, is that gonna be an accurate comparison? And if I want to do a comparison of signal strength between the Nexus and Rezound, are there two sets of numbers to compare...... CDMA and CDMA/LTE?

    The reason I'm concerned about numbers is that I'm not happy with battery life and isn't there a relationship between weak signals and poor batter life?
     
  16. clemarr

    clemarr Newbie

    LOL Never thought about that.
     
  17. TxGoat

    TxGoat Guest



    If your phone is constantly seeking out a signal then yes. If your phone locks onto a consistently strong signal then that shouldn't affect battery life. When I supported iPhones (Yes I know...) a majority of the people that would complain about battery issues were the same people that were in spotty 3G areas.
     
  18. clemarr

    clemarr Newbie

    Agreed - I should have also added I had mine set to 3g only because we were in a non 4g area and I could not use the internet and my son had to use his Droid 3 to look up the info we were trying to find.
     
  19. BlueBiker

    BlueBiker Android Expert

    Good questions. I don't know, but I think the Anandtech article also described the dBm reporting for Nexus when LTE was disabled. I don't like the author's extrapolated conclusions from too few test cases, but they seemed to be correct about the source of the Nexus' measurements.

    Yes there certainly is! Visiting the boonies w/my OG Droid would unfailingly destroy the battery as it struggled in vain to connect.

    I think the Rezound has about average default battery consumption for this generation of LTE phones (which is to say, not great), but there definitely are configuration tweaks an owner can do to improve it dramatically. Of course, that takes an owner who's a little tech savvy and has taken the time to come to forums like this. :thinking:
     
  20. schimm

    schimm Android Enthusiast

    I just returned from a verizon store. Set the Rezound to CDMA and my Nexus too. The signals fluctuated but but the Rezound was up to 10 dBm better. I should also point out that my signal loss with cell standby can be outrageous at times....up to 88%. I'm moving closer to trading out the Nexus for Rezound. Sick of being a beta tester.
     
  21. BlueBiker

    BlueBiker Android Expert

    In case you haven't read, VZW has just announced that the upcoming Nexus software update will make the signal levels more optimistic, but won't actually fix anything because nothing's wrong. I kid you not.

    I think this is a bad mistake: People who can't connect to the network won't take well to being told it's all in their head.
     
  22. TxGoat

    TxGoat Guest


    So they're performing the AT&T/iPhone 4 fix from last summer, "We're not fixing the signal strength, we're just fixing how the bars report signal strength so instead of 1 bar, you'll see no bars." Maybe Apple can sue Samsung and Verizon for stealing their PR bs.....
     
  23. olbriar

    olbriar  
    Moderator

    If I owned the Nexus and read that article... upset would be the understatement of the century.
     
  24. TxGoat

    TxGoat Guest



    And if you owned a Rezound you'd post that if you were a Nexus owner you'd be beyond upset in a sneaky attempt at goading the Nexus crowd into a state of buyer's remorse. :p ;)

    Well played......SHHHH!!!
     
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  25. BlueBiker

    BlueBiker Android Expert

    If VZW doesn't see reason to improve the radio's functioning, I guess we'll see how widespread the actual problems are versus those panicking from low bars. Or if there were manufacturing problems in early batches, maybe they'll have quietly fixed them for the remainder of the units.
     

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