iPhone 6, 6+ Reception Strength

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by BlockEight88, Sep 15, 2014.

  1. BlockEight88 macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2013
    We all know the 5S was lousy with its antenna performance compared to major competitors. Those on using the 5S on T-Mobile could especially comment here, as the phone will switch back and fourth from E to 4G to LTE in good coverage areas, while Samsung and HTC devices do not.

    Since the iPhone 6 and 6+ are larger, do you guys think the antenna system will be better?
  2. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    Did we all know this? no one told me.

    What's the point of guessing?
    Reception is an issue based on location, network and signal strength, results will vary.
  3. tgi macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2012
    Didn't get that memo either. Never had any reception issues with my 5S.
  4. Paulshaqz macrumors 6502a

    Sep 10, 2009
    one can only hope and just have to wait and see when you get the phone.
  5. ABC5S Suspended


    Sep 10, 2013
    No one told me either. My 5S never had an issue. I want my money back

    PS: OP, no one knows about how to answer your second question when the darn thing isn't even out yet and no reviews out either.
  6. LizKat macrumors 68040


    Aug 5, 2004
    Catskill Mountains
    I dunno about the 5S, but the 5C is the first smartphone I've ever been able to get anything off a tower in my house. I can't make a call but if I go upstairs and hold the phone up to the window, I get one or two bars long enough to pick up email (but not text messages). I was impressed. Not something I'd usually bother with but worth gold when my landline's not working or the power is out.
  7. Frasern1 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 10, 2011
    North Carolina
    I had fantastic reception with my 5S, usually better then people I know with Android phones.

    Example: The ranges on post are way to the south and there isn't much around, you know so we don't blow up or shoot anything important, I could consistently get some sort of signal, if not LTE, when everyone else couldn't get any.
  8. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601


    Jun 21, 2010
    How do we know this exactly?

    My 5S has better RF performance to my GS4/GN3/HTC One (I'm on AT&T)

    The 5S holds its LTE connection far longer than my various Android devices.

    I think your major issue here is that you're on T-Mobile and their spotty network.
  9. sunking101 macrumors 604


    Sep 19, 2013
    ...and hardware!


    The signal strength on my iPhone 5 has been lousy since day one. The iPhone 4 before it was MUCH better. Same network, same home address, same work address and same social patterns. This points 100% to hardware and the phone itself. As for competitors' phones having worse signal strength, this is simply not true. My partner's HTC One M8 has stunning reception strength compared to her old 5S and my i5.
  10. jlake02 macrumors 68020


    Nov 2, 2008
    With those ugly lines on the back it BETTER have great reception.. just saying..
  11. MattMJB0188 macrumors 68000

    Dec 28, 2009
    I have so so reception on the 5S. IMO, nothing beats the iPhone 4S on reception. That was the best phone for reception. Don't listen to the know-it-alls on here. Most of them reside in barns (if you get what I mean lol). The 6 can definitely improve on reception in all aspects.
  12. Gathomblipoob macrumors 601


    Mar 18, 2009
    Who is this "we all"? I didn't get the invite. Was there beer and chips?
  13. eoblaed macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    Uh, what?

    Not been my experience at all. Also, I've never heard or seen anything significant that corroborates this.
  14. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    Seriously? The last place I worked, I was one of the only people who could even get a signal in my office.
  15. zemaker macrumors regular

    Nov 25, 2011
    I'm curious to see too, the iPhone 5 and 5S had real bad reception compared to other smartphones. For instance at my house, I have an iPhone 5 and while I usually have 1-2 bars, my friends with other smartphones usually have full bars.
  16. Sketchr macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2009
  17. ELPresidente720 macrumors 6502

    Sep 12, 2014
    It's almost entirely what this forum is about until Delivery Day.
  18. PM-Performance macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2012
  19. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    News to me!
  20. RollTideFanGrl macrumors regular


    Oct 4, 2013
    I have great reception with my iphone5s. Now my hubby who is on the same network can be in the same room with me and can't get great coverage with Samsung Galaxy 4.
  21. dashagen macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2014
    My Nexus 5 begs to differ. Both phones on T-Mobile...Nexus 5 can't hold a signal inside the house while 5s maintains 3 dots of LTE.

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