iPhone 5 vs. iPhone 4S vs. Samsung Galaxy S3: Data Speed Tests

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Apple’s iPhone 5 finally supports faster 4G LTE network. Apple puts the download speeds at 100 Mbps – more than twice as fast as the 42 Mbps Apple says you can get from a 3G connection.

But as we’ve told you earlier, even though iPhone 5 may be capable of supporting those download speeds, you are unlikely to get those speeds in real world usage as a lot depends on proximity of towers, the strength of the network and availability of LTE network in your area.

Verizon and AT&T both say their LTE networks will deliver about 5 to 12 Mbps download speeds and 2 to 5 Mbps upload speeds. That’s two to four times higher than the rates AT&T expects even with its faster HSPA+ 3G deployments, and two to six times faster than Verizon’s current 3G network.

Folks at CNET have just published the results of the data speed tests between iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, which supports HSPA+ and Samsung Galaxy S3 on Verizon’s LTE network (CNET plans to publish similar data speed tests on AT&T and Sprint’s network shortly).

Here’s how CNET conducted the test:

For each phone — as a reminder, that’s the iPhone 5, the iPhone 4S, and the Galaxy S3 — I conducted 5 tests in the same location using Ookla’s SpeedTest.net (available free from the iTunes App Store and Google Play). Each test pinged the same San Francisco server and recorded the download and upload speeds in megabits per second. 

These were the results:

As you can see from the table above, as expected iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 deliver much faster data speeds than iPhone 4S. iPhone 5 did slightly better with download speeds compared to Samsung Galaxy S3, while Samsung’s flagship smartphone did better with upload speeds.

But given the fact that carrier performance depends on so many factors, it is difficult to conclude that iPhone 5 offers faster data speeds than Samsung Galaxy S3 and vice versa.

We would love to find out what data speeds you’re getting on your iPhone 5, so download the SpeedTest.net app  [direct iTunes link] and let us know in the comments (you can even attach the screenshot from the app in the comments).

[via CNET]

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  • Max

    my 4s took 9.73 mbps, from claropr

  • Shawn

    Columbus, OH area…

    • http://www.facebook.com/QueSwanson Que Swanson

      Lol. You should get a great connection. Other than Drew Carey, there’s nothing in Columbus, OH.

      • Shawn

        Drew is actually from Cleveland, get it right. Last time I checked there are quite a few people in Columbus. And as of 2011 Columbus is actually the 15th most populated city in the US. Right behind San Francisco…

    • http://www.facebook.com/sandra.ivc.edu Sandra Cortes


    • Weird

      Holy Shiiiittt tha’s a fuc… awesome connection. jajajajaja

  • meee

    With tmobile galaxy s3 i get 15mbps downloads, more than any of those networks :D

    • meeddduhh

      Post pix of the real test

  • http://profiles.google.com/sebastian.rasch Sebastian Rasch

    Well you hardly need upload with a smart phone so I guess download speeds are much more important.

  • http://www.facebook.com/molachai James Canavan

    :) Denton TX (north of Dallas)

    • Tony pepperoni

      Mine gives me 32mbps

      • Tony pepperoni

        New York

  • Zinco

    It a POS.

  • Stingersswarm

    Atlanta AT&T

  • Stingersswarm

    Picture didn’t go.

  • http://SaephanServices.com/ Kao Saephan

    ATT LTE sucks at my house. It seems the signal has been degrading over the past 5 years and I’m only getting 2-3 bars now. At home, I’m only getting 5mbps downloads on LTE which is a joke, but in the areas that I go to daily, I’ve seen speeds upwards of 30mbps+. Not that I need it at home, but it would be nice to know it’s there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004068803104 Joel Perez

    My iphone 5 its slower than HTC Vivid. With my htc i got around 12mb, with the iphone its around 7mb

  • Avinash

    Here are my speed comparisions in chicago downtown area .. iPhone 5 Vs iPhone 4…

  • J

    I regularly get over 30 Mbps down in Dallas.

  • Matthew

    Riverside ca 42mb

    • http://www.facebook.com/sandra.ivc.edu Sandra Cortes

      not on ATT

  • snipey36

    The funny thing is that none of those speeds are above of what the 4s can manage with its antenna! Which just says that 3g is overcrowded

  • http://www.facebook.com/sandra.ivc.edu Sandra Cortes

    No AT&T LTE in Southern california outside of metro orange an Los angeles counties

  • bezerkus

    Don’t forget throttling-just got t-mobile no throttling and has made a significant difference with this heavy user of data.