Hey crans12! I feel that the vibrate is pretty strong. Definitely feel it. I love the reception, to me it sounds like a landline. I have had no dropped calls, and the signal strength for me has been good. I don't know where you live to have so many connection problems and dropped calls. I live in Ohio. If I were you I'd try this phone, if you don't like it, just take it back. You have the 30 days to try it anyway. That has been my experience with it. I really like it. If you do try it, write back and let me know how you like it. Hope I helped some. Good luck!!