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Old Nov 13, 2012, 02:00 PM   #1
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iPhone 5 in NYC - WOW!

So this past weekend I visited New York; it was the first time I've been up there with my new iPhone 5.

All I can say is that AT&T LTE data makes such a huge difference! I've gone from it often being near unusable (iPhone 4) on my last trip, to absolutely no problems getting fast data performance on this trip. On my previous trip, there were often times that I couldn't even send a simple tweet when I was near central park; this time my data performance consistently felt like fast Wifi.

I did notice something interesting: There's no LTE coverage in Penn Station or Grand Central Terminal, just standard 3G "4G". I'm guessing they use microcells to provide coverage down there, and they're not LTE capable. However, performance was adequate despite that.

On another topic: Maps did just fine in NYC! I was able to find everything I looked for, though I don't use it for transit directions. I use the much better HopStop app... but I was worried Maps wouldn't be up to snuff and it turned out to work just fine.

I was so impressed by how well my new phone worked in NYC compared to my last phone that I wanted to post. Plus, this forum needs more positive threads.

EDIT: Another amusing anecdote: The iPhone 5's GPS is far superior to the 4. I was able to get a GPS lock on the plane. It happily told me I was going a bit over 500MPH at 39,000 feet or so, and was able to get a very fast-moving dot on my (cached) Maps. Old phone couldn't get a lock at ALL in an aircraft.
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Old Nov 13, 2012, 02:32 PM   #2
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It tanks when you go out into Long Island beyond LTE coverage. Unusable 0.2mbps 4G.

Not as good as Atlanta
Actually LTE is irrelevant in Atlanta. The 4-9mbps on 4G is extemely satisfactory. The 50-60mbps on LTE is ridiculously unnecessary.
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Old Nov 13, 2012, 02:44 PM   #3
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I barley get 8 download in Los Angeles on Verizon.
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Old Nov 13, 2012, 03:22 PM   #4
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yes, LTE is definitely a game changer. 3G was unusable in DC but I'm very happy with LTE in DC. mid-day I average around 15 down and at night it is around 30 down. I'm happy.
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Old Nov 13, 2012, 04:08 PM   #5
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I barley get 8 download in Los Angeles on Verizon.
8's not so bad. My AT&T LTE speeds on my One X are not that good, and once I wander away from LTE, even with 5 bars of "4G" I can't even pull up google.
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Old Nov 13, 2012, 04:13 PM   #6
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I barley get 8 download in Los Angeles on Verizon.
All of a sudden I am getting like 1MB/s on Verizon LTE...and my friend on AT&T is having the same problem with horrible speeds. Is it maybe the update they released lately?
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Old Nov 13, 2012, 04:20 PM   #7
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So this past weekend I visited New York; it was the first time I've been up there with my new iPhone 5.

All I can say is that AT&T LTE data makes such a huge difference! I've gone from it often being near unusable (iPhone 4) on my last trip, to absolutely no problems getting fast data performance on this trip. On my previous trip, there were often times that I couldn't even send a simple tweet when I was near central park; this time my data performance consistently felt like fast Wifi.

I did notice something interesting: There's no LTE coverage in Penn Station or Grand Central Terminal, just standard 3G "4G". I'm guessing they use microcells to provide coverage down there, and they're not LTE capable. However, performance was adequate despite that.

On another topic: Maps did just fine in NYC! I was able to find everything I looked for, though I don't use it for transit directions. I use the much better HopStop app... but I was worried Maps wouldn't be up to snuff and it turned out to work just fine.

I was so impressed by how well my new phone worked in NYC compared to my last phone that I wanted to post. Plus, this forum needs more positive threads.

EDIT: Another amusing anecdote: The iPhone 5's GPS is far superior to the 4. I was able to get a GPS lock on the plane. It happily told me I was going a bit over 500MPH at 39,000 feet or so, and was able to get a very fast-moving dot on my (cached) Maps. Old phone couldn't get a lock at ALL in an aircraft.

So what your saying is that apple makes a terrible product in the iphone 4, it had bad GPS and almost unusable data, couldn't even tweet. Ya they do make an inferior product, you've got that right.
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LTE gets better by the day in NYC. Coverage is good, speeds are a game changer.
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