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Pre-release Galaxy S 4G beats HTC, iPhone in speed test

updated 02:25 pm EST, Thu February 10, 2011

Galaxy S 4G is fastest among 4G offerings

Four handsets with the 4G moniker in their names were recently tested by MSNBC for download speeds. This includes the pre-production Galaxy S 4G due at T-Mobile, the currently available myTouch 4G from the same provider, the Sprint HTC Evo Shift 4G and AT&T's HTC Inspire 4G, along with the AT&T iPhone 4 that runs on 3G networks. The experiment found that not all 4G-labeled devices deliver the same kind of performance, which is what leads to consumer confusion.

The carriers all promise different speeds as well, with Sprint and AT&T saying their subscribers can expect speeds of up to 6Mbps, with T-Mobile offering 14.4Mbps. The Galaxy S 4G is claimed to attain 21Mbps on paper. When Verizon brings out compatible hardware, it will attain speeds between 5 and 12Mbps.

For its test, MSNBC used the Speedtest app and a number of locations for all the devices, with the peak speed attained for each device recorded. Average peak speeds were also noted.

The pair of T-Mobile phones performed best, with the Galaxy S 4G putting up a 10.34Mbps peak number and a 7.81Mbps average. The myTouch 4G was behind, at 6.18 and 4.71Mbps, respectively. The three other handsets were far behind but relatively close to one another, with the iPhone 4 on 3G networks putting up a fight against AT&T's and Sprint's pseudo-4G offerings.

The TV network pointed out that the test was far from scientific and instead meant it to be education for buyers. Not all 4G networks and hardware are made equal, it said. Customers were urged to test the performance of their devices and be aware of when a device was falling below realistic expectations.

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  1. nowwhatareyoulookingat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    In other words

    New devices available in the future will be faster/cheaper/better than devices available now.

  1. ctt1wbw

    Joined: Dec 1969



    You mean a NEW product that has 4G capability is faster than a one year old product without it? No way, dude! It can't be!

    And in other news...

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969



    What are they comparing, handsets or networks? "... far from scientific..." is an understatement! And just because the current iPhone has a four in the name, on account of four coming after three, this doesn't classify it as a 4G labelled device.

  1. joecab

    Joined: Dec 1969


    is 4G ready?

    How ready is 4G on AT&T and Verizon, generally? Is it likely we'll see it in iPhones this year rather than next year? Apple doesn't do "half baked" so I'm hoping it's pretty far along...

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    is the point of this test? Try this a hundred times on each network and you'll get a hundred different results. Move to another part of town and you'll get another hundred different results.

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969


    hate u AT&T

    I'm loling at these results. I just did speedtest from my iPhone in midtown Manhattan: 0.15 Mbps down. I've never seen more than 0.5 or so. My Clear mifi gets me 4Mbps consistently. Too bad Clear is on a death march.

  1. tsmelker

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Remember- this is from MS-NBC...

    ...the joint venture between Microsoft and NBC- what did you expect? Besides, who cares what a "pre-production" (read: prototype) smartphone can do? This is like getting all hyped up for the HP TouchPad...

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