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Network availability looks generally lower with my Android phone than with a traditional mobile ph.

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by merciadriluca, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. merciadriluca

    merciadriluca Well-Known Member
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    Hi,

    As stated in the title, it looks like my Android device shows a `lower' (mobile) network availability than a `traditional' (i.e. not smartphone-like) phone. Why? Am I the only guy experiencing this?

    Thanks.
     

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  2. sitlet

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    The bars on the screen on your phone cannot be compared. Those bars are based on a percentage of signal strength, and differ between manufacturers. So your new phone could have 1 bar, and your old phone could have 6, and they could both have the same signal.
     
  3. merciadriluca

    merciadriluca Well-Known Member
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    Sure. But my old phone had 4 bars. This one has 4 bars too. Then, I can say, to some extent, that with only 2 bars, the signal is 2 times lower than with 4 bars, for both phones. Now, the threshold for having 4 bars for both phones could be different. Okay, but, logically, as the other phone is 4 years older than my brand new Android one, I can conclude that the Android phone will be more `exigent' about the network availability, i.e. it will display 4 bars under some bigger threshold than my old phone, where the thresold is some signal threshold. No? So, in both cases (case 1: no difference between both antennas; case 2: Android phone receives better), the Android phone looses, because I noticed that it always displays at least one bar of less than my traditional phone. Or if it were to receive better (or equivalently) the signal, it would show more bars than the traditional phone. By reductio ad absurdum, it means that my Android phone is a looser in this race!
     
  4. Astridax93

    Astridax93 Well-Known Member
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    Unfortuantely not standards body has created a scale for the signal bars on a phone, so you may still be receiving the same amount of signal, its just the way your phone interprets that information, the max and min signal the your new phone will display (i.e the scale) may be different to your old phone. Check the audio quality, if there is no audible difference then quality hasn't dropped.
     
  5. Astridax93

    Astridax93 Well-Known Member
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    The best method would be to acquire a signal tester application on both phones, that told you the signal in DBa. Then with that value you could compare.
     
  6. merciadriluca

    merciadriluca Well-Known Member
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    I noticed a difference between both phones in the sound. :mad: Thanks, though.

    Well, no problem. How can I find such a signal tester, especially for my k750i?
     

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