So, the iPhone 5 has gotten taller and slimmer – like we’d all like to – but, as we console ourselves, it’s what’s inside that counts. The iPhone 5 has finally clambered aboard the 4G LTE bandwagon, the one that most Androids have been riding for a while.
iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3: speed test
The iPhone 5 got some good first reviews thanks to its boost in data speeds over the iPhone 4S – it was very fast indeed, and its LTE on AT&T was believed to be way faster than a lot of household Wi-Fi set-ups.
This improvement is only really visible if you compare the iPhone 5 to the 4S, though. CNET has decided to see if the iPhone 5 has got the goods when it’s set against its nemesis – the LTE friendly Samsung Galaxy S3.
The iPhone 4S and 5, and the Samsung Galaxy S3, were all tested using the Ooklas SpeedTest.net, available from iTunes and Google Play. The testing took place in San Francisco, with the AT&T version being tested in New York. In pinging, the same server was used, and upload and download speeds were measured in Mbps.
The iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 trounced the 4S, as you’d imagine. The iPhone 5 was the best performer on Big Red for downloading but the Samsung Galaxy S3 was twice as fast for uploading. That’s right, twice! Over on AT&T, they were equal, and LTE worked better on AT&T than Verizon.
Of course You need to look at other factors, as well as data speeds when trying to see which is the fastest smartphone. So check out the video below that shows another kind of speed test as well – app launches and screen changes – on the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5.