Verizon vs. AT&T real world test results on iPad2

Discussion in 'iPad' started by mattaz02, Mar 22, 2011.

  1. mattaz02 macrumors member

    Feb 9, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    I originally bought a Verizon iPad2 last week giving up hope that I would ever find an AT&T model in stock, but lo and behold this morning I was able to snag a 64GB white AT&T model at my local Apple store in Peoria, AZ at Arrowhead Mall. I was about 50th or so in line and got really lucky!!! Thats besides the point. Since I have both models I figured I would post some real world test results. These test were taken in north Phoenix. The first test was inside with AT&T having only 3 Bars and the second is outside with 4 bars on AT&T and full Bars on Verizon. Looks like AT&T is a winner for me. Sorry if a post like this already exists. Let me know what your results are if you also have both models and live in a different area.

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  2. mattaz02 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 9, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    Some more results

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  3. iHulk1737 macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2011
    thanks for testing and sharing. i am sure there are many ppl like me who wants to know which is the better carrier. i didnt have the ipad1 and bought the at&t ipad2 (altho it's being sorted by eskimos in alaska right now, so i still havent had any first-hand experience with the 3G :p)
  4. iMule macrumors 6502

    Feb 11, 2009
    Greenville, SC
    Let's see some results on AT&T EDGE... then the test will be fair. While I'm streaming Netflix on my Verizon iPad, let's see how painful it is to access on your AT&T iPad. It would be embarrassing in EDGE territory.

    I don't think too much of you get out and travel to see how horrible AT&T is. When I'm up in an area without 3G, my iPhone is pointless for data.

    Where I have AT&T 3G there's always hotspots. Thats because 3G is only in heavily populated areas.
  5. thompson11 macrumors member

    Oct 12, 2009
    Just as another data point:

    Berkeley, California

    AT&T (tested on iPhone 4)
    .66 down / .05 up

    Verizon (iPad 2)
    1.74 down / .76 up

    I think the general consensus is Saturated Market (NYC, SF) = Verizon, Unsaturated Market = AT&T
  6. Zeos macrumors 6502

    Jan 24, 2008
    Exactly! AT&T is fast in dense, urban areas, but absolutey terrible in most other areas. I would love to see Verizon vs. AT&T Edge as well.
  7. Cutwolf macrumors 6502

    Oct 11, 2010
    Let's see the results on your Verizon unlimited data plan.

  8. kvizzel macrumors 6502a

    Jan 15, 2011
    :cool: lol!
  9. distemp macrumors regular

    Mar 18, 2011
  10. Meever macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2009
    Edge vs 3g? wtf? Why not race a Ford Mustang against a... well, a real mustang?

    Who would get the ATT ipad knowing that they live in an area with poor coverage?
  11. kvizzel macrumors 6502a

    Jan 15, 2011
    Me :eek:, but supposedly AT&T has way more coverage of 3G in my area starting the 31ST.

    Well, that's what the map says!
  12. Kadman macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2007
    No offense, because I know you were just trying to post some interesting data and get feedback, but given that you can literally move 5 feet and have very different results, this type of test is essentially meaningless. There are just too many variables involved. People typically know who the "A game" carrier(s) are in their area.

    Again, I mean no disrespect but this really won't be of great meaning.
  13. Meever macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2009
    I wish you luck friend. It must be irritating as all hell waiting for pages to load T_T
  14. imacericg macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2007
    I do simular tests between my AT&T iPhone and my Verizon iPad and find that my iPad is about 50% slower than my iPhone.

    I was in Vegas for 5 days this past weekend and we had 3 AT&T iPhones in our group, none of us could use the web, text or call each other. We had to use my Verizon iPad for everything.

    This drives home the point that even though Verizon maybe slower, its more reliable.
  15. miamialley macrumors 68030


    Jul 28, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    I just ran 3 tests here in downtown Miami with 4 bars (Verizon).

    1. .65mb
    2. .68mb
    3. 1.05mb
  16. mattaz02 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 9, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    Who says I moved only 5 feet. Do you think I live in a trailer? I moved at least 8 1/2 feet! Lol. I was going to do more tests in different areas and post them as well but I gave my Verizon iPad to my sister who's about an hour away. I may post some later. Thanks for the feedback:)
  17. mattaz02 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 9, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    I have the same problem in Vegas! Which is why I'm thinking about changing the iphone to Verizon and having the AT&T iPad, since I'll use my phone a lot more than the iPad.
  18. frunkis54 macrumors 65816


    Apr 2, 2009
    results still don't completely mean anything except you get better results with at&t IN YOUR AREA. a lot of other people might be the same and a lot of people will get better results with yes VERIZON.
  19. iRabbit macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2007
    At first I was fine with the fact I bought the Verizon iPad... Then I started to read all the negative in these forums. On Sunday, my mom had her Verizon iPhone here so I compared it to my AT&T phone, and her downloads were far from slow and MUCH snappier than mine.

    I live in NY.

    I figure, between m AT&T iPhone and Verizon iPad, Ive got all bases covered :)
  20. mattaz02 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 9, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    I understand that. That's why I invited other people to post their results to get some different data. Thx for the response.
  21. tirnszw, Mar 27, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2011

    tirnszw macrumors member

    Nov 17, 2010
    Verizon Result in SF Bay Area

    I had a chance to test the speed while riding bus so here you go:

    Tested by App.

    Verizon iPad 2 32GB in San Francisco Bay Area (BERKELEY)

    Signal Strength: 5 Bars

    Test Date: Mar 27, 2011 12:03
    Connection Type: Cellular
    Server: San Francisco, CA
    Download: 2.17 Mbps
    Upload: 0.91 Mbps
    Ping: 170 ms

    So Verizon got the coverage and got the speed in my area. Anyone with AT&T result in SF Bay Area? It would be interesting to know. AT&T or Verizon really depends on location and signal strength. ;)
  22. medora66 macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2011
    I posted about this on another thread, but this might have been the better place, so ...

    If you travelled extensively through rural America ... with no real pattern, no no way to predict where you are going to be ... and it was really important to have reliable service/gps in these areas ... would you go Verizon or AT&T?

    The coverage maps seem to indicate that Verizon has far more 3G areas than AT&T (where they go down to Edge), but I have no idea whether those maps are reliable.

    We're journalists and are all over the place, so it's really tough to figure this out. Big cities usually aren't part of our agenda, tho.

    Thanks for any and all opinions.
  23. Pballer110 macrumors 6502

    Nov 3, 2010
    Stick with Verizon they are much more reliable in more areas.
  24. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    The raw speeds are irrelevant to me. I got 3G as a backup to WiFi, and as a motorcyclist I am usually riding where there is no ATT 3G coverage so VZW is a no brainer.
  25. phpmaven macrumors 68040


    Jun 12, 2009
    San Clemente, CA USA
    Vegas? Come on. I was just there a month ago and I had rock solid AT&T signal just about everywhere, with the exception of deep inside some hotels.

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