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iPhone’s Lag Behind Samsung & Google Devices In Internet Speed Tests!

Samsung and Google phones have faster internet speeds than iPhones.

Bloomberg has issued a new report based on speedtest’s conducted by the Ookla, who is the leader for conducting internet speedtests, that proves iPhones even though are some of the most expensive smartphones on the market, do not get the fastest data speeds on the market. 

Faster data doesn't mean just loading pages faster.

There are a wide variety of factors that play into internet speeds, and simply seeing how fast a phone loads an internet page on a mobile device may not be noticeable to everyone. Users will see major differences in streaming videos and the quality of video, making internet calls through apps like Whatsapp, Facebook, & Skype, and also when sending large emails with attachments. 

Here's Why The Ookla Data is Key!

Ookla’s data best represents real world conditions that affect performance like the congestion of networks and also factors in the distance away from the Cell Towers. As costs of high-end devices from manufacturers like Apple continue to reach new heights, some will be disappointed in these findings. Since Apple uses a mix of different modem chips that are catered to different networks they will be used on, this has an affect on achievable speeds.  

 For example, iPhones made for Verizon and Sprint use modem chips from Qualcomm who is the leader in the CPU and modem chip space and have the fastest data speeds. iPhones made for At&T, & T-Mobile, use modem chips made from Intel. Apple then uses software to regulate the speeds of the Qualcomm chips so that they are similar speeds to the Intel chips. 

Speedtest's From Ookla!

Samsung S9/S9+

The S9 & S9+ had an avg of 38.9mbps download speed.

iPhone 8, 8+ & X

The iPhone X had an avg download speed of 29.9mbps, while the 8 & 8+ averaged 28.6 & 29.4 

Google Pixel 2 & 2XL

The Pixel 2 XL had an avg mbps of 33.9, while the smaller Pixel 2 averaged 34.4

These tests were conducted across all of the major US networks like AT&T, Verizon, Sprint & T-mobile.

What Does This Means For T&T?

Samsung S9
Samsung S9

Now that both Digicel & Bmobile have LTE networks, both are touting faster data speeds for all. As we know, the two manufacturers of choice from Trinbagonians are usually Samsung & Apple. In the case of Apple users, you really need to be mindful of which iPhone you import or what variant of iPhone you local supplier brings down as this will give you varying speeds when connected to our networks. 

Samsung is in the same boat as they use both Snapdragon and their own homegrown chips, the Exynos SoC. which also has their own modem chips that can affect the speeds of your data connection.

The next project I will be working on will be to travel across Trinidad to major areas, with a couple models of devices and run speed tests on both networks, to see what the speeds are like. Stay tuned for that. 

Keron Mcleish

Keron McLeish is the owner of Droid Island and has over 10+ years of international experience working for some of the biggest brands in mobile such as Apple, Telus, and Rogers. He is located in Trinidad and Tobago and is a trusted mobile expert in the region. In his off time, he can be found shooting airballs on the basketball court or eating a bake and shark on the beach.