Much digital ink has been spilled the past few days over how much faster downloads are with Samsung and Qualcomm products than Apple’s iPhone. Over 1-million Ookla Speedtest sessions show iPhone is slower at data downloads than major competitors.
Horsepucks. Rubbish. Lies, damned lies, and statistics.
Such tests are indicative of one thing, and one thing only. The download and upload speeds from one device to a specified server. Nothing more, nothing less, and definitely not an indication of how fast your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or whatever device can browse the internet.
Because the public internet– all those websites you browse to, internet connections you make, downloads, email, and whatever else– travels at various speeds with a nearly infinite number of variables which can speed it up one moment over there, and slow it down another moment over here.
For example, my iPhone X is connected to T-Mobile. Download speeds via Ookla’s Speedtest.com website and app average around 40 mbps, but that speed depends upon multiple factors, including signal strength, nearby cell towers, buildings, and so on.
40 mbps isn’t exactly shabby for a non-Wi-Fi connection (which, by comparison hits a steady 100 mbps and higher on the same test sites and apps using my local ISP). Those tests that Samsung and Qualcomm use are under ideal situations and do not match real world situations which have far more variables. In other words, it’s bragging rights and much ado about not much.
So, why are Samsung and Qualcamm making so much noise over a test result that doesn’t matter much?
First, both companies are being hammered by Apple in the marketplace. iPhones are outselling Samsung’s latest Galaxy offerings. Qualcomm chips are being stomped on by Apple-designed A-series chips. Both Samsung and Qualcomm have not fared well in lawsuits brought by Apple.
In simpler terms, Samsung and Qualcomm are squealing like cornered pigs. Apple is winning the war against both on a number of battle fronts and about all either company can do is tout a worthless test which does not reflect real world usage.
The results will vary by your internet service provider, your router, your Wi-Fi connection, your location, and which server gets selected for the test. See? Too many variables for average folks, but a perfect setup for Samsung and Qualcomm to squeal like pigs being chased around the farm.
It’s all about bragging rights. Move along. Nothing more to see here.