ipad 3g download speed vs. iphone 3g in NYC? which faster?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by pjny, May 2, 2010.

  1. pjny macrumors 6502a

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    Hello,

    I am trying to find out if the download speeds on the iPad 3g will be faster than on iphone 3g because of new antenna design. I am in New York City metro area and 3g speeds are ridiculously slow compared to Verizon(4x slower last time I checked using speedtest bandwidth test).

    I have a jailbroken iphone using mywi hotspot app and wonder if I will get same speeds using mywi and using ipad 3g.

    I'm just trying to decide between 3g or wi-fi version.

    Thanks.
     
  2. sanPietro98 macrumors 6502a

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    I can tell you about Philly

    I'm not in New York, but I just ran a test in the Philadelphia area. I used the Universal Speed Test App on an iPad Wifi+3G and also on my iPhone 3G several times, alternating between the iPhone and iPad. Here are the average speeds:

    iPhone 3G:
    - Download 402 kbps
    - Upload: 350 kbps

    iPad Wifi+3G:
    - Download: 2012 kbps
    - Upload 356 kbps

    The download speed difference is pretty dramatic. For both, I am pretty close to a cell tower, both getting 5 bars.
     
  3. MatthewStorm macrumors 6502a

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    I am in NYC and the difference between the iPad and iPhone is substantial. iPad 3G is much faster.
     
  4. Mactagonist macrumors 65816

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    Most sites which benchmarked download speeds for the iPad 3g found it to be just slightly faster then the iPhone 3gS in the same location on the same carrier.

    IE:

    http://gizmodo.com/5528240/ipad-3g-test-notes?skyline=true&s=i

    The additional antennas of the iPad 3g will help it hold on to a marginal signal better then the smaller antennas of the iPhone, but should have little effect on the upload or download speed if both devices are in a solid coverage area.
     

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