Over the past few days, I’ve been testing out different modems for my Galaxy S2 to see which gives the best stability, battery life and connectivity. This is not a scientific test and it is purely based on what I feel. Anyways, the test phone is using this setup:
Phone: Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100
ROM: update-cm-9-20120404-NIGHTLY-galaxys2-signed (ICS)
Network provider: DiGi
Location: Penang Island (mostly Bayan Lepas area)
Modem A (XXLPH)
I have been using this modem for the past month or two without much issues. It gives connectivity in most places that I spend most of my day at but I do notice that it is at times a little weak and could not get a signal when others do. Most of the time, I am connected on 3G or HSDPA with reasonable speeds though.
Modem B (XXLPX)
My test on this modem only lasted a couple of hours. This is a very frustrating modem for me. When I could get connected, my connection would suddenly drop for no reason and then I would be unable to get online until I restarted the phone or restarted the data connection. In places that I usually get connectivity with XXLPH, this modem was unable to.
Modem C (DXLP9)
My test on this modem lasted about a day. This modem was pretty ok. It managed to get connections in most places including some places where XXLPH was not getting a stable connection. However, with this modem, my battery life decreased extremely fast. I fully charged my phone at night before bed and 6-7 hours later, I had lost some 60% of power. Perhaps there was some misconfiguration. I think I will give this modem a 2nd chance and try it again.
Modem D (KE7)
My test on this modem did not last long. For some reasons, I wasn’t able to get a decent stable connection. The symptoms were very much like those found when I’m on XXLPX. Meh.
I do still have a couple more modems to test out:
XXKDH and NEKF2
I will update this post when I’ve completed my testing. Currently I’m back on XXLPH as I need to have the connection with me. Testing will resume tonight.
Do you have any modem that you’ve been using and gives you a very good, stable signal? Recommend it to me, provide me the link to download the modem and I’ll give it a test.
If you want any of the radios that I have, let me know and I will provide it.
Update 06/12/2012: After recovering from the fever and flu, I got myself into a touch of diarrhea. But rest assured that I am not dropping my modem test and review. However, I’m going to be doing the review on a different ROM. I’ve upgraded to CM9 20120611 release and will be basing my review on that ROM. While most aspects of the review should still stand irregardless of ROM, but I thought that I would just point that out. So the complete review will be delayed a little but it is on its way. Stay tuned.
Update 06/19/2012: Part 2 of my testing is updated. I am redoing the test on the 20120611 release so it will take some time to complete the rest of the modems. You can read part 2 here.
Update 07/04/2012: Part 3 of my testing is done. Adding a part by part navigation at the end of post.
Update 07/13/2012: Part 4 of my testing is done. Finally finished!