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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29 Comments

  1. Joyce Sinchak on August 16, 2020 at 12:50 pm

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

  2. Janette Nash on August 16, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    Good info

  3. Horse McFadyen on August 16, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    They state the phone is not the main factor but the service provider…. literally in the first few seconds….. so why they clickbait title? And then they try to upsell signal boosters…..

  4. Z31 VAL on August 16, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    1st

  5. Leila F on August 16, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    Yes and no. I wish more reviews would actually compare reception which is the most important factor in a phone. All compare features and none compsre reception. You guys failed on this. Yes, hardware is the ssme. But software is not and this affects the wuality of signaling and handshaking between phone and tower. I have a two year plus old LG Stylo 4 that can make calls all day on any carrier. My brand new LG G8 cannot. Calls die out. One side audio drops out. Sometimes it takes 5 attempts to make a call while Stylo sails through. Same locations, same RSSI on both phones, same channels. Swapping SIM, etc. Problem stayed with the phone. Obviously chipsets are different in this case. Maybe I have a defective phone? Who knows. It is beautiful as a camera. Having to return it. At least I am glad to find out LG v40 might be a better option.

  6. D on August 16, 2020 at 12:57 pm

    MIMO makes a difference 4 is better than 2

  7. Kurtis Twilley on August 16, 2020 at 1:00 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.

  8. jeslin rasal on August 16, 2020 at 1:07 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

  9. Frederick Wan on August 16, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    I was using an iPhone 6 and all I could get was poor 3G. Very poor. A lady beside me was using her BLU phone to watch Netflix while I couldn’t even open Google! So don’t tell me there is not much difference. Okay I know time to upgrade.

  10. Missy S. on August 16, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    Ok Great Advise, but I was wondering? I live in apartment & my cell Phone reception is BAD! Is there any way I can optimize better reception? I have Verizon carrier & there Cell Phone coverage is Great here, but in my apartment, It stinks? Any Advise on someone with a budget??

  11. The Keto Chief on August 16, 2020 at 1:18 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

  12. Ed on August 16, 2020 at 1:19 pm

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

  13. Glen on August 16, 2020 at 1:20 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

  14. BF on August 16, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    IPhones get the worst reception, do the research

  15. Kenneth Beck on August 16, 2020 at 1:23 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….

  16. 62harley62 on August 16, 2020 at 1:23 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 😒 and we have the same company same account same data.

  17. PKS on August 16, 2020 at 1:23 pm

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

  18. RavenDroid YT 2020 on August 16, 2020 at 1:25 pm

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

  19. Eric Dee on August 16, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    This video is bull crap. I live out in the country and if your phone doesnt have good reception you get NO internet. You guys are WRONG! i have many phones and can prove my statement.

  20. Makethistechwork on August 16, 2020 at 1:29 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.

  21. Robert Lavoie on August 16, 2020 at 1:34 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.

  22. Jose Rene Ducharme on August 16, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    What is your opinion about Sonim phones? I am an oilfield worker.

  23. Santino Bonacchi Ph.D. on August 16, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    Aren’t you hot in those hoodies

  24. Wiley CoyoteSr on August 16, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    Good advice guys. Can you do a video on iPhone Compass, how to use it, what apps suit it, or any other thoughts you have about Compass.

  25. md hafiz on August 16, 2020 at 1:41 pm

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

  26. Janette Nash on August 16, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    Thank You

  27. Pascoal Soares on August 16, 2020 at 1:47 pm

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

  28. Bogdan Gordienco on August 16, 2020 at 1:49 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.

  29. Dan M. on August 16, 2020 at 1:49 pm

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

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