3G Speed vs Wifi???

DougFNJ

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Seeing lot's of "I got mine" posts.....how is the speed and performance? Anyone tried streaming through youtube or ABC yet?

Inquiring minds wanna know ;)
 

ReallyBigFeet

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I would think the speed comparisons would be identical to that experienced on an iPhone already.
 

rutiger

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every time i see this question i laugh. it shows an obvious fundamental lack of understanding of how 3g and 802.11 work. it's like asking is it faster to walk or drive somewhere.
 

DougFNJ

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Pages are rendering on a larger screen too, I wonder if that could in any way affect the performance.

I don't have an iPhone, everyone I know uses Blackberry or Android, so a little feedback on actual results would be great.....

every time i see this question i laugh. it shows an obvious fundamental lack of understanding of how 3g and 802.11 work. it's like asking is it faster to walk or drive somewhere.
I didn't ask if it was as fast as Wifi, I simply asked how is the speed from an owner and new user of the actual device.

Is this THAT difficult to answer? :confused:
 

Chupa Chupa

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it's like asking is it faster to walk or drive somewhere.
Maybe not the best analogy. For those of us that live in a urban area there are many times when it is indeed faster to walk than drive b/c of traffic, circuitous routes due to one way streets, or lack of parking.
 

DougFNJ

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Maybe not the best analogy. For those of us that live in a urban area there are many times when it is indeed faster to walk than drive b/c of traffic, circuitous routes due to one way streets, or lack of parking.
Not to mention, I was using the WiFi version last night at Panera and got speeds slower than dial up :rolleyes:
 

rkdiddy

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OC Baby!
Maybe not the best analogy. For those of us that live in a urban area there are many times when it is indeed faster to walk than drive b/c of traffic, circuitous routes due to one way streets, or lack of parking.
Ha. How about: It is like asking which is faster way to get from California to Florida a Cessna or F-18. :p
 

nasa25

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I also think a good comparison would be 3G speeds versus mywi tethered wifi speeds. In theory shouldn't they be similar since the mywi is using a 3G connection?
 

timotheezz

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I also think a good comparison would be 3G speeds versus mywi tethered wifi speeds. In theory shouldn't they be similar since the mywi is using a 3G connection?
This is something I'm certainly interested in. It would be great to have a direct comparison.
 

HXGuy

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I'll do some comparisons once the 3G arrives. My wife has the wifi version and has MyWi on her iPhone so I can test:

3G iPad vs wifi iPad: wifi test
3G iPad vs wifi iPad: 3G speed vs 3G MyWi speed
 

mstrze

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So what your are REALLY asking is:

Is the iPad 3G faster than the iPhone using 3G?

Is that it? Are you looking for actual timing of downloads to compare?

I can't imagine why having larger screen would slow things down at all, given that the processor is faster that the iPhone's.

Really, you have to admit it's a weird question. It if were noticeably slower, you would have already heard rumblings about it. And if it's faster, it probably wouldn't be all that noticeable either since the real limit is the speed of 3G so, again, no one would be talking about it.

Would you like to see various iPad 3G speed tests? Some real world examples (which would of course all be different as well due to local 3G coverage)?

There's really no answer to your question...or at least the question as originally asked.
 

Stealthipad

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It is not as fast

Even with full bars 3G it is faster on my WIFI connection.

So I hope that those who purchased the unlimited 3G will still only use it when they need to and stay on wifi when available. Knowing many here they will want to stay on 3G all the time to make sure they are getting their money's worth! LOL!
 

antiprotest

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So what your are REALLY asking is:

Is the iPad 3G faster than the iPhone using 3G?

Is that it? Are you looking for actual timing of downloads to compare?

I can't imagine why having larger screen would slow things down at all, given that the processor is faster that the iPhone's.

Really, you have to admit it's a weird question. It if were noticeably slower, you would have already heard rumblings about it. And if it's faster, it probably wouldn't be all that noticeable either since the real limit is the speed of 3G so, again, no one would be talking about it.

Would you like to see various iPad 3G speed tests? Some real world examples (which would of course all be different as well due to local 3G coverage)?

There's really no answer to your question...or at least the question as originally asked.
Yes, very weird. Is he asking:

Is the hardware of iPad 3G faster than the iPad WIFI? Weird. There should be no difference.

Is the data speed on 3G faster than WIFI? Weird. Unless you have very slow WIFI, I would expect 3G is always slower.

Weird! :confused:
 

rutiger

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I didn't ask if it was as fast as Wifi, I simply asked how is the speed from an owner and new user of the actual device.

Is this THAT difficult to answer? :confused:
my point is that both are highly variable and both have many factors that will lead to different performance results. how can someone possibly give an answer to your question? what if you're connected to a 54Mb access point at starbucks with a T1 internet connection and there are 37 people using the connection. what's your performance going to be? who the hell knows.
 

rutiger

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Maybe not the best analogy. For those of us that live in a urban area there are many times when it is indeed faster to walk than drive b/c of traffic, circuitous routes due to one way streets, or lack of parking.
that's my point. each method of access can at times be better than the other. there are far too many factors that impact the results and hence my statement that it's a pointless question.
 

DougFNJ

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So what your are REALLY asking is:

Is the iPad 3G faster than the iPhone using 3G?

Is that it? Are you looking for actual timing of downloads to compare?

I can't imagine why having larger screen would slow things down at all, given that the processor is faster that the iPhone's.

Really, you have to admit it's a weird question. It if were noticeably slower, you would have already heard rumblings about it. And if it's faster, it probably wouldn't be all that noticeable either since the real limit is the speed of 3G so, again, no one would be talking about it.

Would you like to see various iPad 3G speed tests? Some real world examples (which would of course all be different as well due to local 3G coverage)?

There's really no answer to your question...or at least the question as originally asked.
Yes, very weird. Is he asking:

Is the hardware of iPad 3G faster than the iPad WIFI? Weird. There should be no difference.

Is the data speed on 3G faster than WIFI? Weird. Unless you have very slow WIFI, I would expect 3G is always slower.

Weird! :confused:
It really dosen't seem like a very difficult question, I never thought I would have such a difficult time with this. I'll be much simpler about it....

When you are sitting down enjoying your new 3G iPad with a nice cup of coffee at home reading your favorite newspaper site (just an example) On Wifi, normally the pages just pop up nice and quick....unless of course your sitting at Panera in Piscataway, NJ at 6pm on Thursday....then the pages will load in 1 to 2 minutes.

Do you notice when using it on AT&T 3G network that everything just flows nicely, pages open quickly, youtube runs without buffering 10 times on a 2 minute video?

OR!!!!!

is there a bit of slowdown? Does it take a minute or so for a page to load up? Does streaming take a while to load up, does it buffer often?

So simply asking what users' experience on the 3G network performance in real world are weird questions? :confused:

The main thing I keep reading is "mine arrived" "I got mine today" etc. All I'm asking is aside from it looks pretty.....are you impressed with the overall 3G experience so far?
 

rutiger

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It really dosen't seem like a very difficult question, I never thought I would have such a difficult time with this. I'll be much simpler about it....

When you are sitting down enjoying your new 3G iPad with a nice cup of coffee at home reading your favorite newspaper site (just an example) On Wifi, normally the pages just pop up nice and quick....unless of course your sitting at Panera in Piscataway, NJ at 6pm on Thursday....then the pages will load in 1 to 2 minutes.

Do you notice when using it on AT&T 3G network that everything just flows nicely, pages open quickly, youtube runs without buffering 10 times on a 2 minute video?

OR!!!!!

is there a bit of slowdown? Does it take a minute or so for a page to load up? Does streaming take a while to load up, does it buffer often?

So simply asking what users' experience on the 3G network performance in real world are weird questions? :confused:
asking about 3g performance is fine. but that's not what you asked. you asked how does 3g compare to wifi and they simply can't be compared. for example, at home i get 3g service but i also have 802.11n wifi and a 50Mb internet connection. so comparing these would be pointless.

i'm also glad we already reached 20 posts for a subject that has been covered here and everywhere else ad nauseam ;)
 

DougFNJ

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asking about 3g performance is fine. but that's not what you asked. you asked how does 3g compare to wifi and they simply can't be compared. for example, at home i get 3g service but i also have 802.11n wifi and a 50Mb internet connection. so comparing these would be pointless.

i'm also glad we already reached 20 posts for a subject that has been covered here and everywhere else ad nauseam ;)
I am asking about the 3G DEVICE PERFORMANCE.....not just the network....simply put.....do you find it to be as fluid as the Wifi device regarding websurfing? please link me to those enormous amounts of posts you mentioned about an ACTUAL USER'S experience using the 3G device in the wild....

Geez :rolleyes:
 

chakraj

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Since the ipad is known to have wifi issues, I think the question is how does the three G speed compare to the faulty Wifi on the Ipad. Not wifi in general.
 

antiprotest

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I am asking about the 3G DEVICE PERFORMANCE.....not just the network....simply put.....do you find it to be as fluid as the Wifi device regarding websurfing? please link me to those enormous amounts of posts you mentioned about an ACTUAL USER'S experience using the 3G device in the wild....

Geez :rolleyes:
You mean the 3G device surfing on WIFI connection vs. the WIFI device also surfing on a WIFI connection?

If so, why would there be any difference?

Or, if you are asking the 3G owners, unless they have both devices to compare, what reference point do they have to answer you?
 

antiprotest

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maybe I shouldn't had asked :rolleyes:
It's just that no one really knows what you are asking. If you are asking about the hardware ONLY, then there should be no difference. And instead of comparing web surfing, in which case the possibility of connecting via 3G confuses the issue, you could ask whether there is any speed difference in using Pinball HD or some demanding game that you can think of.

But if your question has anything to do with the 3G connection itself, then again we are confused because one would assume that the 3G connection is almost always slower than the typical WIFI connection today.
 
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