Yes, it really is (maddening to say the least), at least with 1x and EVDO and i am not sure how they can fix it. i believe its new hardware from qualcomm so no doubt it needs further tweaking but can it be done at this point with these out in the field?
given how quiet they are about it on reddit versus the other problems that they publicly discuss and later fix, maybe the writing is on the wall.
If XDA is on it, I'm sure Essential is aware, but despite that you should let them know asap! I am 100% sure they would hate for this information to travel past the "enthusiast" they have been relentless with updating that device.