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Old 07-19-2010, 08:56 AM
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Captivate reception problem?

with the recent iphone 4 & antennagate fiasco, it looks like a video has been posted on youtube showing the samsung captivate (possibly other versions too) has the death grip reception issue. obviously not as bad as the iphone 4's one finger on the gap but still seems somewhat like an issue.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVsiAhltY5I

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Re: Captivate reception problem?

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with the recent iphone 4 & antennagate fiasco, it looks like a video has been posted on youtube showing the samsung captivate (possibly other versions too) has the death grip reception issue. obviously not as bad as the iphone 4's one finger on the gap but still seems somewhat like an issue.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVsiAhltY5I
The iPhone and this are 2 different issues..in the iPhone they put the antenna outside so whenever you hold it causes interference in the signal...

Bars are just indicators..they do not display how good a connection is..its just a "general indicator"...unlike CDMA, GSM can connect to multiple towers, so you can be at 0 bars and still have good signal..I read indications where people had 0 bars and never had a disconnected call on the vibrant..on the iphone people had full bars and still lost calls.

on the iphone though is not only an issue with displaying the bars as it is with interference of the signal...
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Old 07-19-2010, 06:46 PM
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Re: Captivate reception problem?

The antenna on the Captivate at least is partly the battery cover. There is a contact that sticks out of the phone and touches a bare, unpainted part of the inside of the cover.
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Re: Captivate reception problem?

This phone or any other phone for that matter does not even close to how bad the iPhone4's issue is.

This is a good little read for any body thinking of getting this phone.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...21&postcount=1
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Old 07-20-2010, 08:38 AM
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Re: Captivate reception problem?

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Bars are just indicators..they do not display how good a connection is..its just a "general indicator"...unlike CDMA, GSM can connect to multiple towers, so you can be at 0 bars and still have good signal..I read indications where people had 0 bars and never had a disconnected call on the vibrant..on the iphone people had full bars and still lost calls.
Then watch my other video where I show the dBm drop to zero when I touch the phone.

I've also done speed tests (though not yet on video) where holding the phone absolutely kills the connection.

And last but not least, I tested calling out with zero bars yesterday to the phone next to me and the other phone wouldn't start ringing until I removed my hand from my phone. This is absolutely a problem, but I'm hoping it's just a bad phone. Going to bring it back today to see if another unit works better.

btw I'm very surprised so many people have looked at that video! I drunkenly put it up to shut up some poster at androidforums who was essentially calling me an Apple troll for saying the Captivate suffered from reception issues =P
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Re: Captivate reception problem?

i just hope the epic 4g doesn't have this problem.
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Re: Captivate reception problem?

All that I care about is that I can hold it comfortably while I make a call, which so far I can. Very interesting though I'll pay attention to how I'm holding it now.
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Re: Captivate reception problem?

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Then watch my other video where I show the dBm drop to zero when I touch the phone.

I've also done speed tests (though not yet on video) where holding the phone absolutely kills the connection.

And last but not least, I tested calling out with zero bars yesterday to the phone next to me and the other phone wouldn't start ringing until I removed my hand from my phone. This is absolutely a problem, but I'm hoping it's just a bad phone. Going to bring it back today to see if another unit works better.

btw I'm very surprised so many people have looked at that video! I drunkenly put it up to shut up some poster at androidforums who was essentially calling me an Apple troll for saying the Captivate suffered from reception issues =P
Hmm...so far this is the first time I am hearing this :/...the 0 bar thing was from people on T-Mobile Vibrant...and they were still able to make calls and use 3G data...

See if you can exchange if not maybe it is specific to the Captivate..or maybe there is an issue with AT&T itself :/
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Re: Captivate reception problem?

http://androidforums.com/samsung-cap...on-issues.html
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