Exposed Yesterday For Lack Of Features Samsung Again, Beats iPhone In Speed Tests
After being exposed yesterday for their lack of features Vs the Samsung S9, Apple is again having to defend the iPhone this time for the lack of speed
New tests reveal that the pricey Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and $1,000 iPhone X trail the latest smartphones from Samsung Electronics and even Google with their Pixel smartphone, when it comes to downloading content. Instead of blaming Telstra maybe it’s time to get a new phone if you want a blisteringly fast mobile.
Ookla’s data is created by users — not in a corporate lab and each time you hook up your device to do a speed test Oolkla is measuring the performance in real-world conditions that affect performance like distance from mobile towers and network congestion.
Ookla said it hosts millions of tests a day and has done 20 billion in total. The speed-test data, reviewed by Bloomberg, show that Samsung’s Galaxy S9 phones had an average download speed — across carriers– of 38.9 megabits per second, based on about 102,000 tests over the past three months.
The larger model, the S9+, delivered speeds of 38.4 Mbps, according to a sample size of about 169,000 phone connections. The iPhone X on average downloaded data at 29.7 Mbps, based on a 603,000 tests. The iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8 were close behind with speeds of 29.4 Mbps and 28.6 Mbps, respectively.
Faster internet data means that users can load websites and start watching movies more quickly, make crisper video calls and get higher-quality video. As smartphones start to look more like each other, handset makers are trying to tout under-the-cover hardware features. Samsung has marketed the issue against Apple with commercials highlighting the faster mobile internet speeds in its recent TV ad push.
Apple’s answer to the problem was to talk up their A11 Bionic processor.
The speeds of smartphone data downloads are determined by a combination of the modem chips used in the device and the software that tunes the hardware. Apple uses a mix of modems from Intel and Qualcomm in the newest iPhones. Verizon.
Qualcomm’s latest modems are usually speedier than the ones built by Intel, but Apple uses software to keep the speeds of the Qualcomm chips closer to that of the Intel devices.
Qualcomm, the biggest maker of mobile phone modem chips, put out its own view of the numbers Monday, arguing that Apple phones that don’t use its chips are slower than competing devices, and even those that do, are slower than other devices with the same connection component.
Apple and Qualcomm are embroiled in a worldwide legal dispute in which Apple is arguing that the chipmaker has unfairly used its position in such chips to force it and other phone makers to pay technology licensing fees. Apple has pared back its reliance on Qualcomm and used Intel modems for some of its phones.