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I've currently got the S3. Honestly....I've gone through FOUR of these things, and I haven't been impressed at all. I went through four of them, because I keep dropping signal everywhere. With my latest one, I haven't had internet at ALL for a month and a half now. I was originally rooted with Cyanogenmod 10.0, updated to 10.1 stable....nope. Phone hasn't been right since. I've also flashed it back to the stock ROM and still nothing at all.

So overall, the S3 has left a horrible taste in my mouth.

Considering I'm on US Cellular, and also considering I had absolutely zero issues with my Electrify, I assume its just an overall issue with all S3's on US Cellular.

What phone should I consider upgrading to? The S4 or the Note 2?

Kind of leaning towards the Note 2 because its cheaper (buying used either on ebay or swappa). However the S4 obviously has the better camera. But I'm torn between the two. confused.gif

Help?

EDIT:
Either phone I buy will keep the stock software. I'm tired of Cyanogenmod not working. I will root it though.
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Cyanogenmod is stuck in an unstable version for the Note 2 right now. The reason is because Samsung will not provide documentation for the Exynos series of processors.

See this:
https://plus.google.com/101093310520661581786/posts/aoAGK5yo13Y

Basically if a fully operational Cyanogenmod version is important to you, get the S4.




As for signal strength, it's hard to say. I think it'll come down to modems though and where they are located within the phone.


The CDMA Note 2s though, I think has the Qualcomm Gobi MDM9615M. I do not know what is on the S4 CDMA versions, but the GSM versions all carried the Qualcomm MDM9215M, which is the GSM variant of the MDM9615M.

The Galaxy S3 also had the Qualcomm MDM9215M:
http://9to5google.com/2013/04/26/ifixits-samsung-galaxy-s4-tear-down-finds-internal-design-very-similar-to-s3/

That means that among the 3 phones, it's likely that signal reception will be very similar. The Nexus 4 also has the MDM9215 (not sure about the CDMA versions).

I should also mention the iPhone 5, which also has this modem:
http://theiphonewiki.com/wiki/MDM9615

Edit:
The HTC One comes with the Qualcomm MDM9215 as well.
http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/HTC+One+Teardown/13494/2


Well, this is the effect of Qualcomm's dominion over mobile. All the major phones have the same modem. My guess is signal reception will be comparable across the phones.

Edit 2:
I think that under the circumstances, you may be best off simply saving your money. The modems are the same across the board. You could go the the US Cellular store. If you can get any of these phones on display, install an app to test signal strength and see for yourself which has the best reception.
Edited by CrazyElf - 7/11/13 at 10:18am
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If you want signal/reception then motorola is a lot better than samsuck. I had the gs3 on uscc and it was on of the worst phones I have had. My top 3 worst phones have all been with uscc and all have been galaxys. You mentioned the best uscc device they have had in the past 2 years. The Electrify. I loved mine when I had it. When I left uscc I went to ntelos and had both Electrifys flashed over. One eventually died from normal wear and tear. The other my wife still uses and has had no issues at all. The gs3 was my last straw with samsung. I love motorolas. But thats just me.
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The problem I have with my S3 isn't a US Cellular problem. My S3 for whatever reason gets nothing higher than 1x data. It was fine before the 10.1 Cyanogenmod update. As such, I plan to use the stock ROM, with a root. Nothing too fancy this time, as it's just a headache.

Already bought a Note 2 for $250, going to sell my S3 on Craigslist to recuperate some of that cost.
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your problem might not be uscc related, but it is a known issue with the uscc s3 for poor reception and data. i suffered the same issues with 3 of them. good luck with samsung. nothing changes with them
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your problem might not be uscc related, but it is a known issue with the uscc s3 for poor reception and data. i suffered the same issues with 3 of them. good luck with samsung. nothing changes with them

The reception issue is fixed with the S4. Apparently its an antenna issue, not a modem issue. Not sure if the Note 2 has the same issue or not, that's why I asked.
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Check this thread out:
http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php/1796861-Galaxy-S4-vs-Galaxy-S3-Antenna

If it was antenna, then you may be ok with the Note 2.
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