Phones 3G vs 4G

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by hunterheath33, Dec 16, 2012.

  1. hunterheath33 macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2012
    I really don't understand how 4G would improve my day to day usage if I were to get a smartphone. I mean all I hear about 4G is battery life. I need my phone to last all day but I wouldn't stream. That's what a laptops for with high speed wifi. I mean, what do you guys use your 4G for that outweighs the shortened battery life?
  2. roxxette macrumors 68000


    Aug 9, 2011
    I assume the current phones with LTE (4g) come with a proper battery that can handle that.

    The iphone 5 is LTE and people here claim (reviews also) that it gets more than 6hrs of browser/data usage; other phones cant comment.
  3. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    The biggest benefit of LTE (4G) is video streaming. The bitrate of most audio streams is well within the capabilities of 3G download speeds--heck, you'd probably do alright with 2G (EDGE). LTE is also beneficial for hotspot tethering, especially if multiple devices are using it.

    The irony here is that excluding only a couple of devices (Note II, Razr Maxx), the iPhone 5 has better battery life with a much smaller capacity battery. I'm using a Nexus 4 and even though it has a larger battery and uses HSPA+, it's battery life is noticeably worse than my iPhone 5.
  4. MACis122 macrumors regular

    Jun 6, 2010
  5. blackhand1001 macrumors 68030


    Jan 6, 2009
    The battery life of the nexus 4 is due to a software glitch. The Optimus g gets like double the battery life with the same specs and battery.
  6. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    Considering is has a 3100 mAh battery vs. the iPhone 5's 1440 mAh, I'd hope so.


    Fine, it's caused by a glitch...I don't care if its caused by magical fairies, it still sucks.
  7. mankar4 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 23, 2007
    Absolutely, LTE is worth it. The lost battery life is small compared to the speed increase with LTE. LTE is really, really fast, and it makes the online experience worlds better.
  8. F123D macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2008
    Del Mar, CA
    Considering you're paying the same price either way, might as well take full advantage of the faster speeds.
  9. aneftp macrumors 601

    Jul 28, 2007
    Biggest advantage if 4g LTE is when u are in congested environments (think Stadiums). Data still works. 3G/hspa/CDMA will all choke if using data.

    The iPhone lets you turn off LTE if u are concerned about battery. But I am heavy user get 6-7 hours of real use on phone and another 6-7 hours standbye. That's 12-14 hours which is good enough for 95% of people out there.
  10. roxxette macrumors 68000


    Aug 9, 2011
    Exactly but i always think that most people that go crazy because of lte is either they dont have much going on in their life :eek: or either take advantage of tethering and dont have home internet.

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