When it comes to mobile data speeds and naming the top 10 fastest smartphones, you have got to take the results with a really, really big grain of salt. Why? Because the average LTE upload speed in the US is 19.6Mbps while the average LTE download speed in the US is about 40Mbps.
The good people at ZDNet have published the results of a Aalto University in Finland comparing mobile data download and upload performance of 4,500 handsets.
Again, the average LTE upload speed in the US is 19.6Mbps while the average LTE download speed in the US is about 40Mbps — for more, see News.com.
Fastest Smartphone: LTE: Cursed Promise
How fast can your smartphone download an HD movie using only mobile data? As shown above, the top three smartphones — Galaxy Note 3, OnePlus and iPhone 6 — are separated by less than a single megabit per second.
That’s probably within the study’s margin of error.
So, what does fastest mean? For the vast majority of mobile data consumers, the fastest smartphone gets them to their data cap fastest. LTE carriers cap mobile data at 10GB or less, usually a lot less, per line per month and a decent “HD” movie starts at 1GB.
Chuck in some streaming audio and a dozen or so podcasts and…
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