iPad 3G speed test over 3G networks - please help !

Discussion in 'iPad' started by mitch969, May 3, 2010.

  1. mitch969 macrumors newbie

    Sep 7, 2009
    Hi guys,

    I am interested to buy the iPad 3G but I am worried about the slow speed of 3G networks. The fact that the iPad is not compatible with HSUPA could really hurt the browsing experience. Concerning the download, Apple reported that the iPad 3G is HSDPA but we don't know yet if it's 1,8 Mbit/s, 3,6 Mbit/s, 7,2 Mbit/s or 14,4 Mbit/s.

    Could you please do some speed test over 3G using the Speedtest.net app and report here you results ???

    It would be helpful if you can report with the following information :

    Download (in kbps)
    Upload (in kbps)
    Ping (in ms)

    Thank you !
  2. ntlntl macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2010
    does ipad get hot when using 3G. I usually got heat issue with me smartphone while connecting 3G.

    Battery life as well. I guess it's shorter than surfing by wifi?
  3. mitch969 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 7, 2009
    Good news !

    But it will be very interesting to see real numbers over different 3G networks.
  4. bosox2009 macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2009
    I ran 4 tests at 8:15am near Boston
    3.03 2.93 1.71 2.54 Mbps down
    .25 Mbps up
    1501 ms Ping
    Real numbers.
  5. cakbar macrumors regular

    Apr 30, 2008

    I've been testing all weekend in Boston and my numbers are very similar. I'm not any kind of expert, but aren't our Latency figures very high?? Mine have ranged anywhere from 500 to 1500++. I've used a few different testing apps, FCC and speedtest.net apps.
  6. dlep30 macrumors newbie

    Feb 25, 2008

    Here is one real world example in Wisconsin. I have gotten up to 3.0 down.
  7. IrishTiger macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2010
    Atlanta, GA

    That's my normal testing on my MBP with 2.4Ghz on my Airport Extreme. The iPad 3g on the same wireless got 11.51mbps download.

    ATT 3G with full bars here in Atlanta is getting 1.42mbps. It's pathetic.
  8. Spyderturbo007 macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2009
    Here are mine, using a server in Washington DC (I'm in Pa).

    Download / Upload

    1.12Mbps / 0.32Mbps

    1.36Mbps / 0.33Mbps

    Not as fast as I hoped, but still faster than my iPhone.

    7.2Mbps would be nice, or even half of that. But then again, I guess spending $90/month for 3 devices isn't enough. :rolleyes:
  9. ngenerator macrumors 68000


    May 12, 2009
    USG Ishimura
    Damn, lucky! I only get 1.2 on average at work (down by Bayshore) but it always pulls from a server in Germantown
  10. tmoenter macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2008
    Tried both 3G and Edge

    2.14 on 3G. 220k on Edge
  11. sanPietro98 macrumors 6502a


    May 30, 2008
    I'm in Southern New Jersey (just outside Philadelphia)...

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

    iPad Wifi+3G:
    - Download: 2012 kbps
    - Upload 356 kbps
  12. LameLefty macrumors member

    Apr 17, 2010
    Murfreesboro, TN (35 miles southeast of Nashville)

    iPhone 3G
    Download: 1344 kbps
    Upload: 229 kbps

    iPad 3G
    Download: 1923 kbps
    Upload: 64 kbps

    Both of these measurements were taken sitting at my desk in my office. It's odd because the last time I tested (at home a couple days ago), the results for upload were nearly identical. Probably a Speedtest server issue.
  13. bowlerman625 macrumors 68020


    Jun 17, 2009
    Chicago, IL area

    Those results look very similar to my speed at home on Comcast. This is with a MacBook Air. And when I check with my iPad 3G on the wireless signal, I get nearly the same result as the MBA on wireless.

    I'm curious why you are seeing such a difference between your MBP and your iPad 3G on the same wireless signal?
  14. barefeats macrumors 65816


    Jul 6, 2000
    iPad - ATT 3G vs Sprint 4G vs Comcast

    I was surprised how fast the iPad 3G can do on AT&T's data network:
    Download: 3754 kbps
    Upload: 330 kbps*
    Ping: 262 ms

    Compare that to the iPad WiFi connected to the Sprint 4G Overdrive portable hotspot:
    Download: 3925 kbps
    Upload: 937 kbps*
    Ping: 287 ms

    (*Note the UPLOAD speed difference between the 3G and 4G connection)

    When I connect to Comcast Cable Internet via the AirPort Extreme, I typically get:
    Download: 15865 kbps
    Upload: 13338 kbps
    Ping: 44 ms

    The MacBook Pro gets much higher download speeds on both the Overdrive and Comcast connections (6.5Mbit and 47Mbit respectively).
  15. Scuba-EMT macrumors regular


    Apr 19, 2010
    Solomons Island, MD
    Test Date: May 17, 2010 23:20:05
    Connection Type: WiFi

    Download: 18929 kbps
    Upload: 4426 kbps
    Ping: 54 ms

    Test Date: May 17, 2010 23:21:11
    Connection Type: Cellular

    Download: 2412 kbps
    Upload: 287 kbps
    Ping: 359 ms

    I am on a 3G connection with 4 bars reported signal strength
  16. nolesfan macrumors regular

    Apr 1, 2010
    Today in Wichita, ks
    5 bars on 3G

    Kbits/s 298
    Kbits/s 269
    Sad, very sad!

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