iPad 3, iPad 2 and iPhone 4S Cellular Speed Tests

I wanted to see what the real differences were between Verizon’s LTE, and the AT&T 3G connections I’ve been using, so I ran some tests and decided to post the numbers. The devices I used were a new iPad, an iPad 2 and an iPhone 4S. I tested all of them from my home in Portland Oregon using the “Speedtest.net Mobile Speed Test” app with their cellular (3G/4G/LTE) connections, plus the new iPad on my home Comcast connection.

  • iPad 3: Home Comcast via Wi-Fi
    • Download: 31.05Mbps
    • Upload: 5.03Mbps
    • Ping: 14ms
  • iPad 3: Verizon LTE
    • Download: 14.20Mbps
    • Upload: 3.42Mbps
    • Ping: 44ms
  • iPad 2: AT&T 3G
    • Download: 5.57Mbps
    • Upload: 1.23Mbps
    • Ping: 99ms
  • iPhone 4S: AT&T “4G” (HSPA+)
    • Download: 7.16Mbps
    • Upload: 1.26Mbps
    • Ping: 99ms

The LTE numbers were way better than I expected — 14.2 down is probably better than most home (or any coffee shop) Internet connections. It also looks like AT&T’s HSPA+ “4G” is a little faster where I live than regular AT&T 3G for downloading, but only a little. My overall impression is that AT&T 3G is pretty fast where I live, and that Verizon LTE is holy shit fast.