How Much of difference do you notice between 3G and wifi

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  1. himynameiscody macrumors 6502a

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    Between speed and how it effects battery. Worth toggling it on and off? Also what carrier.
     
  2. Dwalls90 macrumors 601

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    Traditionally, wifi will have lower latency and faster data speeds, unless the wifi network is painfully slow in general or has it's own problems. Furthermore, it's advantageous to use wifi instead of 3G, as it saves your data usage.

    In other words, always keep wifi on so that your phone will utilize it wherever possible, as it really doesn't drain the battery and will provide faster loading times.
     
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    Difference of what?
     
  4. iphone4s16gb macrumors 6502

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    to me , wifi is good but if you wan't faster loading pages then turn 3g on , it improve speed
     
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    What do you mean by latency?
     
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    Cody, I wrote you a haiku:

    WiFi is Good.
    Free data saves you money.
    It is faster too.
     
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    Another user said 3G was faster....I take it that it varies quite a bit
     
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    It depends upon the wireless routers Internet connection speed. Like it has already been said, unless the wifi connection is painfully slow it will more often than not be fast than 3G. Wifi also uses less battery life that 3G.
     
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    It depends on where you are, but 9/10 times I find Wifi to be the superior choice over 3G. Both in terms of speed AND battery life.

    For me 3G tends to be around 2 or 3 Mbps and my wifi at home gets me more like 20 or 25. Even "slow" public wifi tends to be around 4 or 5.

    A) Imagine a car that can go from 0 - 60 instantly but that's as fast as it can go.

    B) Now imagine a car that can go 90, but it takes 5 minutes to get going that fast.


    Car A has low latency but also low speed.
    Car B has high latency but also a higher speed.

    Which would you rather have? Well, if I'm going 3 miles away car A is the clear winner. But if I'm driving 3,000 miles across the country I'd rather have car B.

    So to put it in iPhone terms, having "car" A is great for e-mail and web sites and other small files. But "car" B is better for downloading large photos or streaming videos.

    But of course, having choice 'C' (a car with low latency AND high speeds) is best. But I'm explaining it by showing you an 'either-or' case. Often in the real world you DON'T have to pick and can, in fact, get the best of both without having to pick.
     
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    Well put!
     
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    4g........even worse battery
     
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    OP, do you have to start a thread for every question that pops into your head?
     
  14. juliuspierpont macrumors member

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    Yes he does, and unfortunately having him on the ignore list doesn't stop these threads from showing up.
     
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    No or else I would of asked for advice on making a move on my sister
     
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  17. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    Learn to fish:
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    ...and learn to corroborate and consider the source. Otherwise you'll continue to have problems on any discussion forum site.
     
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    What the
     
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