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Which mobile phone has the best reception 2018

19 Apr 2018
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The communications regulator (COMREG) in Ireland has rigorously tested all the mobile phones on the Irish market for call quality.

James and I visited their test labs here in Ireland to see how they are testing all these phones.

Here is the list of mobile phones with the best reception:

TRP = Total Radiated Power

 

list of mobile phones with the best reception 1 comreg2

The phone with the best reception is the Doro PhoneEasy with powers of 23dBm and 25.5dBm for GSM calls.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is also excellent with 22.6 and 21.8dBm also.

The full set of results and details of how the tests were carried out are here.

How the tests were carried out.

They place the phone to be tested inside an anechoic chamber (see images above), on a platform that can be pivoted remotely .

They have  a basestation head-end transmitter that can transmit GSM and UMTS  at 900 and 2100Mhz.

This transmitter feeds the respective signal into the anechoic chamber, to an antenna which is located near the phone.

A call is made to the phone and the basestation handles this call.

The software rotates the phone 360DEG while at the same time monitoring the phones reception power.

Notice that a dummy hand is used to hold the phone. The type of hand you have and how you hold the phone has a big impact on your phone call reception or your data speeds.

Larger hands and clammy hands impact reception negatively. Also, the size of your head makes a difference.

This dummy hand used in these tests is made of a material that matches a human hand with respect to radio frequency absorption.

Each phone is tested in this rigorous environment and all the results have being collected.

Here is the COMREG PDF that explains the test procedure in more detail.

 

  • Hans

    Is there a list of all phones that were ever tested? In particular I’m wondering about Blackberry Z30 reception. I’m trying to get more privacy and was thinking the BB OS10 might be more secure than android or iOS.

    • Chris Waddell

      2019 UPDATE. In the time between the Blackberry Z30s launch in September 2013 a lot has happened in the world of Blackberry. BlackBerry 10 as used in the Z30 is based on QNX, a Unix-like operating system that was originally developed by QNX Software Systems until the company was acquired by BlackBerry in April 2010. … BlackBerry Mobile smartphones abandoned BlackBerry 10 in favor of the Android operating system, beginning with its 2017 BlackBerry KeyOne, perhaps you missed the memo. All current Blackberry devices now run on Android, therefore they will be no more or less inherently secure than any other Android handset. I believe the Z30 is still available online, but why would you want to buy a new phone that is over 5-years-old?

  • hurjunzz

    hye…which mobile phone has the best cellular reception between samsung galaxy s10 plus or huawei p30 pro ?

  • michel

    today its about data reception. nobody is doing phone call. and samsung sucks

  • Jim Tauroa

    Actually phone reception is very important here in New Zealand. Our health and safety policy in our agri business includes phones with good reception. I have a s8+ and hands down this phone has unreal reception and that’s been compared to all the new models of Samsung and other brands apple included.
    Is there a 2019 list??? This test/tech is awesome. I’d love to know for our business which of the new handsets have the best reception please.
    Cheers

  • danielholeman

    looking foward to a 2020 update. Thanks much.

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