My 3G reception is always 5 bars.

richard371

macrumors 68020
Original poster
Feb 1, 2008
2,348
587
Even in areas where it should be less. I have yet to see it drop to 4. Anyone else notice this?
 

pirarre

macrumors 6502
Feb 10, 2010
409
77
Even in areas where it should be less. I have yet to see it drop to 4. Anyone else notice this?
Yeah I noticed that also. I work at a high school and my office is no where near windows. When I had my iphone 3g and 3gs, I never had any bars inside the school. Now I have the ipad in my office and I have 5 bars. ATT must have did some upgrading somewhere. :)
 

goobot

macrumors 603
Jun 26, 2009
5,545
1,898
long island NY
thats cause the iphone is a ****** antenna. it was never att and was always apple. also thats why apple wont give the iphone to Verizon cause it was always there own fault.
 

murphyrulez

macrumors member
Feb 15, 2010
48
0
No, it is lying to us. If you turn off your cellular (go into airplane mode) then turn it back on, you'll see the true bars for a split second when it first gets a signal. Then it goes to full 5 bars and stays there... It's a coverup...
 

antiprotest

macrumors 65816
Apr 19, 2010
1,446
246
No, it is lying to us. If you turn off your cellular (go into airplane mode) then turn it back on, you'll see the true bars for a split second when it first gets a signal. Then it goes to full 5 bars and stays there... It's a coverup...
Or maybe that other is the lie.
 

Salmar

macrumors regular
Sep 16, 2007
198
0
Florida
My 3G bars fluctuates and goes from 5 to 4 and rarely down to 2 bars, but I don't notice much difference in the speed either way. It mostly stays around 5 bars.
 

Dapper

macrumors member
Apr 23, 2010
51
0
Mine fluctuates whenever I travel, the worst so far was in the mall with all that concrete and steel the reception went pretty low.
 

tmarks11

macrumors 6502a
May 3, 2010
509
32
I think the iPad just has a great radio and antenna.

In my office at work, my VZW cell phone only gets one bar even if I hold it up by then window. The roof of the building has Copper plating, so the building acts like a giant faraday cage.

My iPad usually has 5 bars. When it is raining, it drops down to 1 or 2, but I always get a connection. Pretty amazing.
 

cmvsm

macrumors 6502a
Nov 12, 2004
784
0
When I'm in a 10" thick steel vault, 6 stories below the ground, standing next to a human sized magnet, my reception is HORRIBLE. Apple is going to pay for this...
 

lokerd

macrumors 6502a
May 2, 2010
586
0
Beaumont
Even in areas where it should be less. I have yet to see it drop to 4. Anyone else notice this?
If I leave the 3G running when I know I am sitting near a wifi signal, is it draining the battery faster than if I use sbsettings to turn off the 3G?

Or, if I am no where near a wifi, should I turn off wifi?

Thanks!
 

bowlerman625

macrumors 68020
Jun 17, 2009
2,135
11
Chicago, IL area
My 3G reception is better on my iPad 3G than my iPhone 3GS. There are more antennas on the iPad I believe. But even my iPhone reception is better than 6 months ago. The network around here has definitely been upgraded.
 

boltjames

macrumors 601
May 2, 2010
4,265
2,498


Those of us who own the 3G/64GB/$829 and the AT&T MicroCell always have 5 bars.

BJ

Sent from my beach house
 

shady825

macrumors 68000
Oct 8, 2008
1,795
2
Area 51
boltjames said:
Those of us who own the 3G/64GB/$829 and the AT&T MicroCell always have 5 bars.

BJ

Sent from my beach house


I was waiting for you to post in here.. I figured your iPad would always have 6 bars of signal! :rolleyes: