5's bars are too low?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Transeau, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. Transeau macrumors 6502a

    Transeau

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    Am I missing something, or should -72 be a bit closer to 5 bars? Even at -64, it was only showing 4 bars.
     

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  2. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

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    I don't have any numbers, but my gut reaction is that my iPhone 5 tends to show a bar less everywhere I am compared to my 4S.

    Perhaps Apple tightened the bars up even more in the spirit of 'under-promise, over-deliver.'

    The earlier iPhones went too far the other way (showing nearly everything as 5 bars) and they eventually had to change it when people complained. I wonder if they've gone even further... Not the worst idea in the world.
     
  3. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    "Oh Yayz my iPhone5 is so awesum its internet is real fast even on 1 bar reception!!1!1!!" :D
     
  4. Transeau thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Transeau

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    Interesting. Maybe the iPhone 5's Field Test mode is broken. My Wife's 4S shows transmit power and seems to update quickly. my 5 is now showing 4 bars at -72.

    We have a Wilson 850/1900 booster in the house, and I can't seem to tell if the 5 is using it or not.
     
  5. BFizzzle macrumors 68020

    BFizzzle

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    yeah -102 i had 3 bars on verizon not sure if that means anything


    question is the number how far from the tower you are? strength? or what?
     
  6. Derek87 macrumors 6502

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    i see 4 or 5 bars under that scenario on my iphone 5. i can't vouche for the exact numbers so these may be a little off, but i've seen (i think)

    -120 - 130 1 bar
    -105 - 120 2 bars
    -90 - 105 3 bars
    -75 - 90 4 bars
    greater than -70, 5 bars

    again, rough...i actually think it may hit 5 bars at around 75 or so...
     
  7. Transeau thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Transeau

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    Something is wonky here.

    I'm just 3010 feet from the tower. My house is stucco with a grounded RF blocking mesh. (hence the need for the repeater in the house) AT&T says it's a brand new tower, though not LTE. (Thanks, a-holes... put money into a new tower and leave out LTE)

    Anyway, I re-aimed the outdoor antenna and the Field Test is now reporting -67. Yet still only 3 bars.

    I'm going to try a restore and see if that helps.
     

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