Samsung flagships trash Apple iPhones in independent voice and data signal strength study

Samsung flagships trash Apple iPhones in independent voice and data signal strength study
According to an official report from Danemark's Nordic Council of Ministers, Apple's iPhones aren't faring very well in terms of signal strength.

The independent test has evaluated 26 of the most popular smartphones in the Scandinavian region for voice and data signal strength. The results show that, with some minor exceptions, iPhones are more likely to manifest signal problems than Samsung flagships.

It should be noted that the researchers have focused on GSM and LTE bands that are popular and important in the region, meaning that this study doesn't apply to all countries around the world. Nevertheless, the independent test still helps highlight which phones have signal strength problems and which don't.

The phones have been tested both in open space as well as when held in hand. Here are the results:


As you can see, phones from the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S7 series have consistently ranked in the upper third of the rankings, while the iPhone 6, 6S, 6S Plus, and the iPhone SE have found a home toward the bottom of the rankings. Hopefully, the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus won't have this problem.

Over in the Sony camp, the Xperia Z3 Compact, Z5, and Z5 Compact have displayed varying performance in the test, which is why you'll see the phones scattered across the rankings and even switching places depending on the individual test.

Huawei-made phones such as the P9, the Nexus 6P, and the gargantuan Honor 7 have ranked in the lower half of the rankings in all tests. We'd also like to point out that the LG G5 and the HTC 10 didn't fare very well either. For more explanations on how the test was conducted, make sure to hit up the source link below!

What do you guys think of this test? Are you having signal strength issues on your device?

source: Nordic Council of Ministers

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41 Comments

1. T-rex unregistered

Guys! I have received a warning from Phonearena for posting a comment, so I am deactivating my account right now. F**k Phonearena, F**k Samsung bit***s, and F**k Phonearena PIMPS. I will see you around on the internet. Take care!

2. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Doesn't seem surprising that you got a warning.

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

to much asterisk in his comment :D

19. ebilcake

Posts: 1193; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Grow up, you're lucky it was only a warning.

3. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

I can verify that. My S6 consistently outperformed my friend's 6s in signal and LTE reception in areas with bad signal. And oneplus 3 is a different beast altogether. It destroys the S6, which had a pretty good reception.

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and soon... some people will claim that they have those phones, and say 6s is much much much much better...

16. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Because they being brainwashed by Tim Cook...

29. AmashAziz

Posts: 2869; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Don't know how it fares against a Samsung s6 or s7, but I never had a problem with signal strength on any iPhone I used. Wish I could test the phones too!

31. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Hope the iPhone 7 can be better on signal... unlike predecessor.

38. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Maybe your area has good signal.

40. AmashAziz

Posts: 2869; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

No my area actually has an average signal all of the time. But never had a problem with any iphone, even with iPhone 5, or 6S plus. As I already proved yesterday that am not a fanboy so I am honest here.

14. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Waiting iSheep denied it...

35. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Since year i recommend android over iPhone for ppl thats want best reception. iPhone usually have a lower power antenna because of the smaller battery to keep phone as thin as possible. Android too is slowly starting to do the same thing but still perform better. PS: funny PA only spoke about the Samsung the list clearly show load of android. Should been like this : Many OEM trash apple in signal strenght and stability. Why always kiss Apple and Samsung *** ...

4. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Ok. Misunderstood. Thought they was talking voice quality witch is a improvement from Note 3. Does seem like I get fewer bars of signal though.

36. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Your phone antenna as a max gain in your signal not all phone antenna is identical. so 3 bar on one phone dont mean same signal strenght as 3 bar on another one.

7. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

So iphone is proven to be the worst phone, literally. LOL

11. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

they already have answer for this case... "You're Holding It Wrong"

8. samgsam15

Posts: 50; Member since: May 09, 2014

iPhone is generally used to take mirror selfies. What's the use of having good signal strength

13. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Well, yeah. But you need the interwebs to upload your selfies to instagram and snapchat...... :biggrin:

17. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

And Samsung is used to kill people.

22. V1414

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 07, 2016

So much hate. Get a life.

23. tedkord

Posts: 17047; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Except no one had died due to a Samsung phone. Can't say the same for the iPhone.

26. guests

Posts: 196; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

Ifans only care about opening app 4/5 milliseconds faster, any other things considered not important.

9. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Impressive on samsungs side. no, I'm not having any issues with my signal strength but I don't use a galaxy so I couldn't compare.

10. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

That's great, Sammy keeps trashing the competition. The S7 left the 6s in the dust.

20. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Doesn't matter how useful it is, it's not as fast as the 6s in opening and closing apps and that's what matters most /s

34. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Nah. The iPhone does not open and close apps faster, if at all, that often. That little stupid 'lap test' is useless. Is that how you use your phone? No, not at all. Even if it does it's a fraction of a second and I'll wait a fraction of a second for the features and usefulness of an Android compared to a boring iPhone any day.

41. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Someone doesn't understand what /s means...

12. drazwy

Posts: 347; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Dunno about signal levels, but my iPhone 6 plus is much faster at obtaining signals and locking in than my GFs Note 5. Being on the same Carrier and while driving, I get signal and usability long before her Note 5 locks on. It also connects to bluetooth devices much faster.

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