New survey: These are the mobile phones and tablet computers that will give you the fastest internet speeds

If you surf on the mobile network, iPhone models are substantially slower than Android models. However, according to a new survey from .SE that analyzes the statistics from measurements taken using the Broadband Check’s mobile app, the difference in connection speeds among the various operators is usually not particularly significant. The survey also indicates that the average speed for receiving data among the 50 most common models is 7.4 Mbit/s.

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The results are based on more than one million measurements that were performed using the Broadband Check’s mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android to date this year (January 1 – May 15, 2013).

The measurement results of the 50 most common models have been compiled and are categorized by model in the table below. A more detailed compilation categorized by model and operator is available in the attached Excel file.

Slightly more than one-third of the measurements, 445,000 (38 percent), were performed using models that are 4G compatible (also known as LTE), while the remaining slightly more than 728,000 measurements were performed using 3G models (also known as HSPA).

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Slightly more than half of the measurements, 605,000 (52 percent), were performed using various iPhone and iPad models, whereas the remaining 570,000 measurements (48 percent) were performed using various Android models.

Average speeds for receiving data

  • The average speed for receiving data in the Broadband Check’s mobile app among the 50 most common models to date this year was 7.4 Mbit/s.
  • There is a variation of between 1.4-22 Mbit/s in a comparison among the various models.

The Samsung Galaxy S III LTE GT-i9305N had the highest average speed at 22.0, while the slowest average speed in our selection was another Samsung model, the Samsung Galaxy Gio GT-S5660, with 1.4 Mbit/s.

  • The average for all models that are 4G compatible is 13.7 Mbit/s, while the average for models that are limited to 3G is 3.6 Mbit/s.
  • The survey also indicates that the average for Android models is 9.5 Mbit/s, compared with an average speed for receiving data of 5.5 Mbit/s for iPhones.

Average for transmitting data

  • The average speed for transmitting data in the Broadband Check’s mobile app among the 50 most common models to date this year was 1.8 Mbit/s.
  • There is a variation of between 0.3-4.3 Mbit/s in a comparison among the various models. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8020 had the highest average speed for transmitting data at 4.3 Mbit/s, while the slowest average speed in our selection was also a Samsung model, the Samsung Galaxy Gio GT-S5660.
  • The average speed for transmitting data for all models that are 4G compatible is 2.8 Mbit/s, while the average for models that are limited to 3G is 1.2 Mbit/s.
  • The survey also indicates that the average for Android models is 2.1 Mbit/s, compared with an average speed for transmitting data of 1.3 Mbit/s for iPhones.

Difference among the operators

The attached Excel file also shows the average measurements for each model among the four largest operators. Overall, the differences among the operators were not as great as the differences among the various models. However, it is clear that the operator Three had the highest average speeds for 3G telephones, while the operator Tele2 had the highest average speeds for 4G telephones

  • The highest single average speed for receiving data was the HTC One model at 29.2 Mbit/s on Tele2’s network.
  • The highest single average speed for transmitting data was the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8020 model at 29.2 Mbit/s on Telenor’s network.

 

Modell

Ta emot data

Skicka data

De 50 modellerna

7,4

1,8

4G-modeller

13,7

2,8

3G-modeler

3,6

1,2

Iphone – modeller

5,5

1,3

Android -modeller

9,5

2,1

Telefoner

7,1

1,7

Surfplattor

9,7

2,3

Samsung Galaxy S III LTE GT-i9305N

22,0

3,9

HTC One

21,8

3,8

Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE GT-i9505

20,4

3,6

Sony Xperia Z C6603

19,6

3,7

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8020

19,6

4,3

Samsung Galaxy Note II LTE GT-N7105

18,4

3,9

Asus PadFone2

18,0

3,2

LG E 975 Optimus

17,6

3,3

Samsung Galaxy S III LTE GT-i9305

17,2

4,0

Sony Xperia V LT25

16,7

3,1

Samsung Galaxy S II LTE GT-i9210

16,2

3,3

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 GT-P7320

16,2

3,8

iPhone 5

8,6

1,8

Google Nexus 4

7,8

1,3

iPad 3

7,4

1,5

Samsung Galaxy Note II GT-N7100

5,3

1,4

HTC One S

4,9

1,2

HTC One X

4,8

1,3

Galaxy Nexus

4,3

1,4

HTC One X+

4,3

1,5

iPad

4,3

1,3

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8000

4,2

1,3

Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000

3,9

1,3

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 GT-P5100

3,8

1,4

iPhone 4S

3,8

1,3

Samsung Galaxy S III GT-i9300

3,8

1,0

Samsung Galaxy S III Mini

3,6

1,2

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 GT-P7500

3,5

1,4

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S

3,3

1,2

HTC Sensation Z710e

3,2

1,1

Sony Xperia S LT26i

3,2

1,2

HTC Desire HD A9192

3,1

1,1

Sony Xperia go ST27i

3,1

1,0

Samsung Galaxy S II GT-i9100

3,0

1,1

Sony Xperia Acro S LT26w

3,0

1,1

HTC Incredible S

3,0

1,1

iPhone

2,9

1,3

HTC Sensation XL

2,9

1,1

HTC Desire S

2,8

1,0

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10i

2,8

1,1

iPhone 4

2,7

1,2

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

2,6

1,0

Sony Ericsson Xperia ray

2,5

1,0

Samsung Galaxy S GT-i9000

2,4

1,0

Sony Ericsson Xperia Active st17i

2,4

1,0

HTC Desire

2,1

0,9

iPhone 3Gs

2,1

0,3

Samsung Galaxy Xcover GT-S5690

2,0

1,0

Sony Xperia tipo

1,7

0,3

Samsung Galaxy Gio GT-S5660

1,4

0,3

 

Background and method

After every measurement using the Broadband Check’s mobile app, information was stored about the following:

  • Date and time of measurement
  • Information about where the user was geographically located and the accuracy of the position (if the user approved of the position being used)
  • The measurement results (bandwidth transmitted/received, and the response time)
  • The server on which the measurement was performed
  • The user’s operator
  • Telephone model and system version
  • Whether the user performed the measurement over the mobile network or Wi-Fi

The stored information for the period from January 1, 2013 to May 15, 2013, has been compiled and reported in this document. Only measurements performed over the mobile networks were included, meaning that the measurements over the WiFi network were removed in this report.

Only measurements using the 50 most common models were included in this report.

A total of 200 models were used for the measurements that were performed during the period.

The type of subscription was not taken into account, meaning that certain measurements were performed using mobiles and tablet computers that had a subscription with a limited bandwidth.

 

Published: June 4, 2013