Posted 20 December 2011 - 01:01 PM
I felt compelled to chime in here. I got the Nexus on Saturday. I live in CT, and have used the phone in Orange, Milford, Stratford, and Fairfield (primarily in Orange where I live and Milford where I work). Quite honestly, my signal has been atrocious. I am coming from a Droid X, and the OG Droid before that.
My house is primarily made of brick, which I know can be an issue for wireless signals. In my house, I routinely get singal strengths of -120 dBm, which usually means I am disconnected or have maybe one bar. Both of my other phones had rock solid reception in my house. I am not sure if this is a 4g/3g switching issue or something, but my wifi signal is also horrible. Ten feet outside my house I lose wifi. I used to be able to go easily 50-60 feet and have at least two bars. Even inside the house, sitting within view of the router I am showing two bars.
Supposedly there is something in ICS that more accurately displays reception, and what used to show as 4 bars on Droid X may now be more accurately represented by 2 bars, or whatever. Some people suggest that Verizon was essentially making the signal look stronger than it actually was in the past.
When I get 4g (right now, in my office, my signal is at -102 dBm, which shows one bar of 4g. I ran speedtest and got about 10mb down and 6 mb up - not bad. I had much better results in Fairfield over the weekend, but the 4g signal comes and goes.
Droid forums are littered with similar complaints, and Verizon acknowledged this signal issue yesterday and said they are working on a software fix. I think I have til Jan 15 to return this thing. The device is awesome, and I would be tremendously disappointed to return it, but I may have to do so if this doesn't improve.
I'm curious to know other people's results (you guys probably know this, but you can check dBm in settings - about phone - status, the higher the dBm, the better, so -50 is better than -80). I haven't taken this thing into NYC yet, but I would expect 4g service to improve in that direction.