Which Cell Phones Get The Best Reception? Here's The Truth!

David and David explain which cell phones get the best reception. These days, most new smartphones have similar capabilities. Although there are some minor differences in antennas, all of the top smartphones get roughly the same reception.

According to a 2018 PC Magazine study, the LG V40 got better reception than its competitors (but not by much): https://www.pcmag.com/news/the-lg-v40-has-the-best-cellular-reception-of-any-phone

A lot of the time, poor reception has more to do with your wireless carriers network than your phone’s antenna. A signal booster is a great way to fix consistently poor service.

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50 Comments

  1. Makethistechwork on February 23, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    Yes, there are differences between phones. It’s not all about the provider you are using. This is easy to tell when you have two different phones and use them in the same exact location with the same SIM card. One gets better signal than the other. My Note 8 gets noticeably better signal and even sometimes any signal at all versus my S10 plus. Same SIM card, same exact location. Samsung is having issues because I hear the same thing about the s20 and the Note 10. And I’ve heard other people say the Note 8 gets better reception than any of those. Just Google around.



  2. bapam2 on February 23, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    Total BS



  3. Jack Thonet on February 23, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    The guy even brags out and says it is good advice!!! Really? I don’t think so.



  4. chiefbrodyii on February 23, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    Wrong. While cell service is important, the quality of the phone’s antenna is also very important. Antenna quality is especially important In rural areas or areas with spotty coverage.



  5. Donald Allen on February 23, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    I also completely disagree. I recently bought a new OnePlus 7t to replace my original Google Pixel. On a car trip, I tried to navigate with the new phone and could not get a data connection (Boston area, AT&T is my carrier). We’ve done the same trip using the Pixel with absolutely no problem. So when I got home, I checked the signal strength with the 7t. It was -120 dBm. I then moved the SIM card to the Pixel and repeated the test from the same place in the house. -90 dBm. I did this a few times and got similar results each time from each of the phones. If you do the math to convert dBm to power, the power of the signal received by the Pixel is almost a factor of 80 greater than the 7t, which is huge. If you do some googling, you find a lot of complaints about poor reception and dropped calls with the OnePlus phones. Antenna quality does vary among the phones and is an important determinant in how the phone performs when making calls and using cellular data.



  6. RavenDroid YT 2020 on February 23, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    I CAN TELL THE DIFFERENCE I BUY LOTS OF PHONES THE Asus Zenfone v has perfect even on low bars ok



  7. Jack Thonet on February 23, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    totally not informative… which phone has better reception? answer: doesn’t matter, it depends on the network… that doesn’t answer the question, does it???



  8. Jack Turner on February 23, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    I was in the US Virgin Islands when a Cat 5 Hurricane "Maria" decimated the island of St Croix. My iPhone would barely get a signal from the closest cell tower but my Wife’s Samsung S8 got a strong signal. This video is a not accurate. Sorry guys but do some controled test before making a video.



  9. Nigel Wilson on February 23, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    Phone does matter, I’ve worked for both att and Verizon and phone makes a huge difference for country users in particular. Even though they share socs, the design of the placement of the antenna, materials, and thickness all play a role. Also the type of case can also play a role in this, metal cases will reduce reception.



  10. Jerod Toma on February 23, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    My Samsung J3 2016 gets so much better signal than my Samsung S8. I could be in my basement with the J3 and still connect to the internet while I must get ontop of my ROOF in order to connect to the internet with me S8! Crazy difference in signal between the two phones all on the same network



  11. un-clown cl on February 23, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    What about xiaomi?? I dont think they using same antenna dont trust china



  12. AnarchoHumanism on February 23, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    UpPhones is trash, completely useless!



  13. Bogdan Gordienco on February 23, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    I disagree completly. I say this because me and my whole family have the same provider but my gf’s p30 pro has much more signal more often then my lg g7 thinq. Also i have compared with few other phones and in different locations too. I don’t know where you guys get your info from but it does differ a lot from phone to phone. I was just trying to figgure out why and how to choose a better phone for that.



  14. Dan M. on February 23, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    There is a huge difference between different types of phones and the antennas they use



  15. Michigander on February 23, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    Try a network refresh too & make sure u have done all updates & close all apps uve used to get best speeds.



  16. Ed on February 23, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    Absolutley bad advice. It absolutely matters which phone you use.



  17. Gregory Hiraldo on February 23, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    My wife has a iphone xr I have a oneplus 6t on T-Mobile why I have full bars inside the House and her phone always has 1or 2 bars



  18. delawarecop on February 23, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    A pair of completely clueless wankers giving bad advice on cell phone reception. That’s what the title of this video ought to be!



  19. Kurtis Twilley on February 23, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    I believe you guys are talking about coverage area. I have found a huge difference if phones though which is what your listeners are interested in. For example, my old s7 receives all my missed messages on the way home from the lake a few kilometres before my wife’s new s20 plus receives messages. For a listener like myself, this is important, for when you are working in the bush with no signal and need to get a message out, a few km difference is a big difference when your on a snowmobile of atv.



  20. Kevin Lee on February 23, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Great videos guys. One thing I have always wondered. Maybe you would have some incite on this. You mentioned you live in the mountains. My wife is from Peru, we go once or twice a year. It doesnโ€™t matter if I am in the middle of the Jungle or a top of the Andes I always have service. Good enough I can FaceTime family and friends while traveling. Peru has less towers and is about the size of Texas. I am from the Maryland area and find dead spots all the time using Verizon.



  21. Wreckof theHesperas on February 23, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    More advice designed to shut us up.



  22. PKS on February 23, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    Really helpful guys really helpful. I got no advice what so fuckin ever



  23. Nick Savage on February 23, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    I got three phones and they all have the same service and all three get different bars and on network cell get different dbi. So I don’t know who you guys are but apparently you don’t know what you are talking about. The pixel is crappy, my samsung is great and my lgv40 is better. 2 bars 4 bars and 5 bars period. All three different antenna setups.



  24. D P on February 23, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    MIMO makes a difference 4 is better than 2



  25. Bob Marley on February 23, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Bull
    You guys are just spewing Bull.
    Have you done real world testing or just regurgitating some bull you found.
    My wife and I are on the same provider and her Motorola kicks. I have and LG and dogs out in a lot of marginal areas.



  26. Joyce Sinchak on February 23, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    You are incorrect. Cell boosters did not work and different carriers did not work. It is the phone



  27. Eric Davis on February 23, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    Absolutely Wrong! My Pixel 3 is horrible for reception where my Samsung work phone get good reception all on the same provider. Motorola used to have the best reputation and based on comments I wonder if that is not still true. My advice, if you are going to make a video giving people advise, you should know what you are talking about



  28. Michigander on February 23, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    I work in a cell phone store & have gotten a number of customers saying they get worse signal with a new phone than their old phone? How would you explain that?



  29. Robert Lavoie on February 23, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    Well guys I have to disagree with you. At my house with my LG V20, no signal. My wife with her Moto G5 has lots of signal. So the provider has nothing to do with it.



  30. Chad Mathew on February 23, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    I disagree Iโ€™m with Rogers and my iPhone 12pro gets way less reception than my s10+



  31. Pascoal Soares on February 23, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    Don’t fool people saying that phone hardware doesn’t matter



  32. The Keto Chief on February 23, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    not true some cheap phones cut corners with the antenna. other phones use more antennas thus giving a chance at better coverage. a nother thing is you need to look at a phone that’s compatable with all the frequencies your provider uses and that the phone you use has multiable antennas tuned properly for the frequencies. most of the time you will find that name brands like morotola lg and Samsung and so on are properly tuned and will connect to most if not all the frequencies. the best phones tho that are built to try and give yo uthe best connection do to needing it for streaming and gaming are that gaming phones. they tend to be the most expensive but the price tends to be worth it. only trouble is they can be expensive and get hot even tho they are liquid cooled. I my self like the black shark brand



  33. Levon G on February 23, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    Used an iPhone 11 pro, that Intel chip makes for bad indoor reception. Got an LG G8 and this has better reception than Galaxy s10 that I was using after iPhone. In my experience, kind of phone you have can make a huge difference.



  34. Kenneth Beck on February 23, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    when you are just at the edge of service, it DOES make a HUGE difference on the antenna placement AND size of antenna in the phone. I had an lg stylo 4 that would get service at home but the stylo 5 placed the stupid antenna at the bottom of the phone and the horrid placement makes it only get service in a window upside down. I get service with my moto z2 force and lg k30 but the moto g7 play gets no service either at my home. what a waste of a video….



  35. Doomsick on February 23, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    Bad advice, there is a difference. The Google phone was good battery went bad. Got a cheap Motorola drop two bars in the same location. Look up cell phones with best reception, cheapest Oneplus 6 got my two bars back.



  36. jeslin rasal on February 23, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    Actually broo I buyed recently samsung m30s it’s so bad in signal it wont even show signal sometimes surfing google page is so hard but I’m having my old vivo y53 phone it shows full signal coverage



  37. 62harley62 on February 23, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    I am a Samsung fan and one time I have to use an LG device and I did see a difference on the data speed it faster than my samsung phone and I was using the lates smartphone from each company. My sister had always use an IPhone and believe it or not IPhone has the worst reception ๐Ÿ˜’ and we have the same company same account same data.



  38. BF on February 23, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    IPhones get the worst reception, do the research



  39. Glen on February 23, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    Dude my samsung is no match on oppo, i’m a seaferer when we’re far away from land my samsung phone is no match on oppo



  40. William Denham on February 23, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    many disagree with this content. Others have demonstrated a wide variance in phone reception capability in lab testing.



  41. Trevor Lambert on February 23, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    This is absolute nonsense. I took three different phones using the same carrier, installed the network cell info app on all of them, and tested the reception at my house. All of them were significantly different from each other, with the difference between the best and worst being almost 15dBm. To put that in perspective in a couple of different ways, 1)15dB higher is almost 40 times the signal power, and 2)15dB is enough to be the difference between 2 bars of signal and "no service". In other words, the phone itself can contribute almost as much to reception issues as the tower coverage.



  42. Andy A on February 23, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    Have to take exception here! My LG would not even dial out; in the exact same spot my S7 Edge worked fine. Cople years earlier my Motorola worked flawlessly while my wife’s Samsung had spotty service.



  43. Keleb Gadol on February 23, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    Bad advice? We have 3 phones and in rural GA. The LG V30 has GSMA and 0 to 1 bars BUT with WiFi calling, we get NO dropped calls. The GSMA on iPhone 6s gets 2 bars mostly, and also has WiFi calling (iOS 13.6). And, the Samsung S4 (old dependable) has CDMAV gets 2-3 bars (WiFi calling not available per Red Pocket). So, phones DO make a difference? Oh, forgot, the Samsung S4 WORKS w Android Auto (maps, but lacks some app features, due to Android 5.01). A 2013 Samsung s4 working with Android Auto in 2020 is crazy!



  44. Michigander on February 23, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    Tip try having your carrier do a network refresh too. Or u can do on some phones finding reset network in settings. Can help update tower reception. Best to close all apps & turn off wifi. If doesn’t reconnect in 10 minutes try turning on wifi to finish reprogramming. Or try again with wifi connection. Make sure mobile data is turned on too.



  45. Kong Chiu on February 23, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    First, your video did not answer the question properly. Because when asking which cell phone has best reception, it means that the comparison test must be done in the same conditions (same carrier, same location, same timing and so on) and then the testing result shows which phone has best reception.

    Second, using the same antenna and chip set will get similar reception is a significant misleading and incorrect conclusion. Because the reception is the final result of a phone design and manufacture. To use the same antenna and the same chip set do not mean it can provide the same reception, because a cell phone configuration and circuit design take a significant roll and effect the final result of reception. In accordance with Lab test, using the same antenna and the same chip set, but configuration and circuit are different, the reception can be effected significantly.

    Finally, that is why PC magazine does the test comparison, not dependent upon part/parts. If I am not right, please let me know.

    Thanks



  46. William W on February 23, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    This makes no sense. Are you selling boosters! My wives phone gets great coverage older iphone.
    I have lousy coverage lg g7 thin q
    Same provider



  47. Toni Viinikainen on February 23, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    This video is completely off the topic. Of course your carrier matters the most but there’s a big difference on the reception of different phones with the came carrier. Different antennas support different wavelenghts and all might not cover 3g or 4g in the frequency that your carrier has in your neighbourhood or in your cottage for example. That might literally mean the difference of having a good 4g connection or bad 3g connection. There’s is also a difference between antenna strenght even if a certain frequency is supported. A good antenna is one of the most important features of a phone as connectivity is one of the most important features if not the most important feature of a phone.



  48. md hafiz on February 23, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    if you have to use cheap phones AVOID Samsung A10/A10s at all cost.. you have been warned



  49. Jack Thonet on February 23, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    They even seem to believe what they say. I’m an electrical engineer with 20 years experience and worked years in the telecommunications sector…



  50. Arbitrator207 on February 23, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    This is complete garbage, my Moto G7 reception is complete dogshit compared to my wifes Iphone SE20. Cellular or wifi they are a country mile apart.