3G vs WiFi Speed tests using two iPads side-by-side

Discussion in 'iPad' started by DetroitBORG, May 1, 2010.

  1. DetroitBORG macrumors regular

    Mar 30, 2010
    Rochester Hills, MI
    I put together a youtube video of speed tests using a 3G and Wi-Fi iPads side-by-side. Some interesting performance results, just don't bother watching this video on YouTube via 3G ;).

  2. patp Guest

    Apr 10, 2008
    very cool! nice to see a direct side by side comparison. checked out a few of your other videos and like how you present them.

  3. Buck987 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2010
    thanks...well done
  4. full moon macrumors newbie

    Sep 7, 2009
    I guess, u had a high speed internet. if u do it in my home, 3G would win :)

    does 3G have a weak wifi reception as well, or its better ?

  5. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    The OP's download via WIFI is so slow. I'm getting 9000+ Kb/s on my wifi via ipad with the exact same app and test.
  6. Jarmel macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2010
    Wait, wait, wait. The 3G is slower just loading up apps? Can you test the 3G and Wi-fi only both on a wireless network to verify that they both have the same processing speed.
  7. DetroitBORG thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 30, 2010
    Rochester Hills, MI
    The only difference in speed was the loading of online content. Which app loaded slower beyond the content?

    I've already done a wifi on wifi comparo just as a control for this demo, and they loaded at the same speed. I should have filmed that test for the video.
  8. nolesfan macrumors regular

    Apr 1, 2010
    I can't find what speed tester you were using, is it still available? If so can you sent me a link?
  9. p-rice macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2010
    Las Vegas
    Thanks for your videos DetroitBORG. If it's not too much to ask, I have a request. Could you do a wifi vs wifi test? I want to see if the wifi antenna on the 3g models have better reception/performance than the standard non-3g models.
  10. Zubba macrumors member


    Aug 20, 2007
    Yes, I'm wondering the same thing. Specifically I'm very curious about signal reception.
  11. Jarmel macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2010
    Some of the apps seemed to load up slower but I guess it was just the online component. I'm also curious about the signal reception. However again thanks for running these tests.
  12. Mitchrapp macrumors 6502a

    Apr 2, 2010
  13. ClaireL macrumors 6502a


    Apr 4, 2010
    New Jersey
    Not everyone has super speeds. I am lucky if I get 5mb per minute from Verizon. Ppl act like 20 mb per min is the norm. I wish I could get fios but not in my area
  14. DetroitBORG thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 30, 2010
    Rochester Hills, MI
    This is the app I used for the speedtest. There are others out there which I haven't tried.

    Sure, I'll put together a quick video today per viewer request.

    I have AT&T U-Verse so I should get 6MB down and 1MB up. The service itself is fiber to the node and is capable of 35MB down and 5MB up. Sadly, most of that bandwidth is use for the 6 TV receivers in the house (AT&T U-Verse is IP TV). I believe I could get a faster data plan, but I haven't bothered to look yet.
  15. master-ceo macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2007
    The SUN
    3G aint that bad, I can deal with it. Thankyou for the vid!
  16. cube macrumors P6

    May 10, 2004
    And you're running this test without an HSDPA signal??
  17. azsprty macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2009

    Same here for my wifi. Haven't tried the 3G yet
  18. bursthead macrumors 6502


    Apr 9, 2010
    One thing that's impresses me about my iPad 3G is the better reception. I finally have all 5 bars, while my iPhone 3GS has only 3 next to it. My download speed is also about 200-300 Kbps faster too.. Got to love how they use the body of the iPad as an antenae..
  19. mpuck972 macrumors 6502


    Aug 31, 2007
    No they didn't, they used the frame of the screen, not the larger aluminum back. Take a look at the ifixit teardown.
  20. DetroitBORG thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 30, 2010
    Rochester Hills, MI
    Actually, HSDPA has been deployed in my area.
  21. wombat888 macrumors 6502a

    May 10, 2008
    Thanks for posting this. It's good to see the difference between a normal wifi signal and a normal 3g signal as a level-set to understand what to expect.

    Another test I'd find useful would be between a weak wifi signal and an average or strong 3g signal. The reason is that sometimes I'm in places where wifi is shared with many devices, or I can barely pick up the wifi at all because I'm far from the access point. I'm not sure in those situations which would be faster between wifi and 3g.
  22. cube macrumors P6

    May 10, 2004
    OK, but do you actually get a 7.2 Mbps signal? HSDPA comes in many speeds.
  23. goobot macrumors 603


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    it seems like it takes the ipad 2-3 secs to connect to the 3g network to start loading.
  24. DetroitBORG thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 30, 2010
    Rochester Hills, MI
    The biggest issue with 3G is not the speed, but latency.

    Yep, I don't get that sort of performance and I don't think many people are.

    Yep, that's the latency issue.
  25. infosprt macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2007
    Temecula, CA
    The best 3G speed I saw were around UCSD (San Diego) and the poorest were at my home.

    Results are from iPad App SpeedTest. Numbers are kilobits per second. So the 23609 reading is about 2.9 million bytes per second and the fastest 3G speed was about 305 thousand bytes per second.

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