Apple iPhones trail behind Samsung and Google smartphones in download speeds

The data on speeds are provided Ookla collated from users.

  • Published: July 24, 2018 11:07 AM IST

The highlight of getting an expensive flagship smartphone is that you get the best experience with anything and everything you do on it. One of the benefits here is getting seamless web experience compared to other smartphones. This means being able to load websites faster, watch HD movies in the best quality, and make crystal clear video calls. However, which high-end smartphone do you think performs this the best? A new report from Bloomberg answers that question.

According to the data provided by Ookla LLC, the report states that in terms of download speeds, Apple’s iPhones trail behind their high-end rivals from both Samsung and Google. The data reviewed by the website reveals that the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+ lead the charts by providing average download speeds of 38.9Mbps and 38.4Mbps respectively.

Following closely is the Google Pixel 2, which offers 34.4Mbps, and the Pixel 2 XL which offers speeds of 33.9Mbps. Things take a dip for the Apple iPhone X, which carries speeds of 29.7Mbps. It is followed by the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus that have speeds of 28.6Mbps and 29.4Mbps respectively.

Ookla LLC is a company that provides online service by measuring the speed of an internet connection with its Speedtest app and website. So, it’s important to note that the data provided comes directly from users and not from some corporate lab. It highlights real-world scenarios, where web performance on a smartphone is affected by distance from cellular towers, network congestion, and other problems. The company claims that it hosts millions of tests every day, and has performed 20 billion tests in total.

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That said, having slower speeds doesn’t really affect the sales of iPhones. Apple was able to ship more than 216 million iPhones last year, and is suggested to do even more this year. However, Bloomberg reports that net speeds are going to play a more crucial role in purchasing a smartphone when 5G services are unveiled in the market, possibly next year. If Apple doesn’t adapt to the new standard on time, it could really hamper its sales numbers.

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  • Published Date: July 24, 2018 11:07 AM IST