iPad Test Notes: Which LTE iPad Is Faster?

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In addition to our crowd-sourced National Speed Test, we thought we'd do a little testing of our own. We love LTE, but which iPad (and network) gives the best LTE? Let's have a look see.



We headed up to the roof of Gizmodo with new iPads from Verizon and AT&T, plus a Galaxy Nexus from Verizon and an HTC Vivid from AT&T for contrast. We did five tests using Ookla's Speedtest app, and then averaged the scores. Naturally, different networks are stronger in different areas. We're testing in downtown NY. Your milage may vary.


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Verizon's iPad was the hands-down download winner. At 14.7Mbps, that thing really cooks. AT&T's iPad was in second at 10.38Mbps followed closely by the HTC Vivid (also on AT&T) at 10.24Mbps. The Galaxy Nexus on Verizon was bringing up the rear at 9.26Mbps.


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Verizon's iPad edged out the AT&T iPad on this one, 14.7 to 14.63, but I think that's close enough to call a draw. In third place we have the AT&T's HTC Vivid at 13.06, and Verizon's Galaxy Nexus comes in last again at 9.9. Holy balls that's some fast uploading! I would kill for upload speeds like that on my home network. Damn.


If we can draw any conclusions it's that the LTE radios in both iPads are excellent and you can generally expect to get faster download and upload speeds from them than you would from comparable LTE phones. If you're torn on which one to buy, compare prices, and do some research on whose network is strongest where you spend the majority of your time.


Bonus: for the curious gamers out there, here are the results of the Ping tests:
1. AT&T iPad 37.2ms
2. AT&T's HTC Vivid 47.6ms
3. Verizon's Galaxy Nexus 67.0ms
4. Verizon's iPad 73.2ms

Interesting. Is AT&T's network a little more responsive? Conclude what you will.

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John Crane

My times in Austin, even with SXSW going on and the temporary population increase of 25%, were significantly higher on both AT&T and Verizon — especially AT&T.