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4G tests: LTE v. WiMAX
I was in the Sprint store today just testing out the various devices and decided to see how the LTE on the new devices was comparing to the WiMAX on my NS4G. I used the Speedtest.net app on the Optimus G, the SGS3 and the EVO LTE. On ALL THREE of those devices, my results were dismal. I had wi-fi turned off on all of these, in case you were wondering.
OG: There doesn't seem to be a "4G" indicator or, if there is, it wasn't lighting up. There isn't a standard 4G toggle, only a menu item for selecting CDMA only or CDMA/LTE. I had the latter selected. For some reason the speedtest app was not locating Atlanta as the nearest server...it was going up to Tennessee. I tried changing the server, but Atlanta was not a choice. Not sure what that was all about. Anyway...D/L speeds were about 60 kbps. Yes...that's with a 'k'.
SGS3: 4G was lit up...D/L speeds hit about 100 kbps.
EVO LTE: Something was odd about the demo-mode on that thing and it kept wanting to go into demo mode even if I was in the middle of something. I never had long enough to actually run the speed test, but the history tab in the app showed me that nothing ever broke 100 kbps.
In fact...NONE of the history tabs showed me anything higher than about 120 kbps. These are all LTE phones and I was in a store in a very active and busy part of town (near Perimeter Mall for any of you familiar with Atlanta).
Next, I opened up my speedtest app on my NS4G and ran it. First try I got 1.4 mbps...with an 'm'.
Has anyone else run this sort of comparison between 4G technologies in the same spot? Is LTE this disappointing for anyone else? It's making me wonder if I should just wait. Pretty disappointing, really. Could it just be the fact that I AM in a busy part of town? I mean, I was getting a 4G signal on these phones...so I know LTE is available around here. Anyone know what gives?