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Old 13-05-2013, 18:09
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Iam torn between the HTC One or the S4. As I live in a rural area signal reception is a big factor for me. I have tried a friend's HTC and it seems very good at holding on to a signal. From my past experience Samsungs have not been that great for reception. Is this still the case for the SGS4 ?
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Old 13-05-2013, 21:53
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I have the S4 on Three and have not had a problem at all with signal. Isn't the network more like to effect signal than the actual phone?
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Old 13-05-2013, 21:58
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I have the S4 on Three and have not had a problem at all with signal. Isn't the network more like to effect signal than the actual phone?
Bit of both really - if you have a poor signal a good phone will do more with it than poor one.
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Old 13-05-2013, 22:37
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Bit of both really - if you have a poor signal a good phone will do more with it than poor one.
Ahh, ok, thanks
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Old 14-05-2013, 10:04
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Tried them both for a few days and still have the iPhone 5 to compare. All pretty similar for 3G/2G. 4G I'd say the HTC is slightly better than them..
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Old 14-05-2013, 12:00
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As I've written on here before, the reception on the HTC One is exceptional.

Places where I would get zero reception with the SGS4 in my house I now get very good signal with the HTC One.
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Old 14-05-2013, 12:31
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Tried them both for a few days and still have the iPhone 5 to compare. All pretty similar for 3G/2G. 4G I'd say the HTC is slightly better than them..
Lucan,

Which phone out of the i5, htc one and SG4 is your PERSONAL favourite?

Please dont attack Lucans answer. Just curious
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Old 15-05-2013, 08:39
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I 'thought' I had a problem with my S4 on EE this last couple of weeks but after some further monitoring, I would say its fine.

I used to have a Note 2 and new the signal on that was really good. It seemed that the S4 wasnt quite as good so was thinking of an exchange. I started to use a network signal info app that logged the RX level so I could monitor it more. I did the same on an S3 with an EE SIM in. I found that the S4 was slightly better or the same as the S3, never worse. I do think though, that the signal 'bars' on the notification bar arnt as accurate as they could be. Its sometimes showing lower than it is on the app I downloaded, and even when there are no bars but G or H is still there, i can make perfectly clear calls.

Good enough for me
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Old 15-05-2013, 11:22
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Ahem...On watching a recent (old repeated) ep of QI Sir Stephen Fry informed me that there is no proof that the signal bars on a mobile mean anything. Even mobile experts couldnt tell u what they are there for. So....
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Old 15-05-2013, 12:32
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Ahem...On watching a recent (old repeated) ep of QI Sir Stephen Fry informed me that there is no proof that the signal bars on a mobile mean anything. Even mobile experts couldnt tell u what they are there for. So....
Exactly.

And with 3G, it dont matter how many bars there is, the call quality will be the same. Just the download speed will be slower the further away you are from the tower.
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Old 15-05-2013, 16:06
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Lucan,

Which phone out of the i5, htc one and SG4 is your PERSONAL favourite?

Please dont attack Lucans answer. Just curious
HTC One.

I have the 5 for another 9 months (company phone) but I'm due an upgrade this summer on my personal line.. So unless something better comes out I'm likely to go with the HTC, surpising seeing if you asked me 6 months ago.. I doubt I would have even looked at an HTC.

Why? For all the reasons that people say on here. Great to hold and use, fast, great recording, great sound playback, wears well and seems like it will still look fresh at the end of your contract. Best compromise of all the current flagship phones in a great body.

At this stage i would'nt go for an iPhone 5.

This upcoming iOS7 has to be game changing and the new iPhone has to be a good bit more than just a spec upgrade to make me buy one.

The S4 just isn't what I hoped for, hate the feel, was jerky at times, didn't seem that powerful and just seem to lack something. Similar thoughts in the office with over half being returned for HTCs, Sonys, iPhones and even the boss returning it for a... NOKIA! (8 phones)
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