iPhone 7(+) Better reception with newer iPhone?

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  1. lieb39 macrumors 6502

    lieb39

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    Hi all,

    A quick Google didn't find any obvious answers.. will I receive better reception on a newer iPhone like the XS or XR? I'm currently using an iPhone 7 plus, and have noticed that I tend to lose connectivity when in a crowded area (train.. I appear to have strong connectivity but the net appears to stall until I restart or flip between airplane mode a few times..)

    In Melbourne, Australia on Telstra if it makes a difference.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Thai macrumors 65816

    Thai

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    Only if your carrier support 4x4MIMO and carrier aggregation. If no, then same as 7.
     
  3. ROLLTIDE1 macrumors 68000

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    It's worse than the Iphone 7 and much much much worse if you get one of the XS lemons . I had 3 lemons before I got a good one.
     
  4. Thai macrumors 65816

    Thai

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    In my house at 4 separate locations...my house is on the edge of Verizon coverage...and my house does block signals quite a bit to boot. It is tough for any phone to get good speeds.

    Two phones: iPhone 7 (Verizon model; Qualcomm) vs. iPhone Xs (Verizon model; Intel).

    4 tests, 4 different locations, both phones next to each other. I alternate who goes first; the last two tests were run at same time on both. (The 4th test was interesting: my wife’s 7 had 3 bars; my Xs had 2 bars.)

    7: (download / upload)

    8.83 / 0.32 (2 bars)
    4.91 / 0.52 (2 bars)
    5.90 / 0.77 (2 bars)
    6.72 / 1.08 (3 bars)

    Xs: (all runs had 2 bars)

    8.32 / 0.60
    9.20 / 1.57
    5.38 / 0.53
    7.52 / 1.44

    Basically, from my tests, there is no significant difference. If anything, my Xs may be ever so slightly faster on average than my wife’s 7.
     
  5. ROLLTIDE1 macrumors 68000

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    It's not about speed test it's about staying connected. Stream audio or video and drive around. You will find at times there are fake bars and no data flowing . Don't look at bars ! Slap that sucker into field test mode and you will see the real difference . In fringe areas the XS just doesn't cut it and never will till gets new hardware.
     
  6. Otflyer macrumors 6502a

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    Yesterday while outside my XS Max had 4 bars showing and I had slow or no data. So it’s true bars mean nothing. I called Verizon and they told me there were no problems with their equipment in that area and my phone was operating normally. By the way, this happened in a strong signal area. I preordered the XR.
     
  7. lparsons21 macrumors 6502

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    I’ve got both an Xs Max and a Moto Z3 with Verizon at the edge of town. Talk/text is fine on both, data is similar speeds and performance. So I don’t know if I agree with your assertion.
     
  8. Thai macrumors 65816

    Thai

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    Actually, speed test is VERY representative of streaming audio/video because streaming by definition is using DATA speeds of your carrier.

    Again, let me post this extensive test: https://www.pcmag.com/news/364116/iphone-xs-crushes-x-in-lte-speeds-but-still-falls-short-of
     

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