Motorola Moto X beats the competition in LTE connectivity test
Under a number of different scenarios, the Moto X outperformed the competition and on average, maintained a 35% higher throughput than the other handsets. The Moto X also can keep a connection at a signal level 9db lower than its rivals. And to be fair, we should point out that the Moto X was tested over Verizon's 700MHz LTE band 13 while the others were using AT&T's 700MHz LTE band 17. But Michael Thelander, founder and CEO of Signals Research, said that the Moto X would have performed the same over AT&T's pipeline.
This was not a Speedtest.net quickie. In fact, network speed wasn't even the point of the test. Each phone was placed in an echo-free chamber for 14.4 hours and subjected to 860 minute-length tests. Different angles and power levels were tested. As Thelander notes, information about connectivity is important for everyone using a particular network because one inefficient device can negatively impact everyone else using the same pipeline.
Smartphone D, the Motorola Moto X, had the strongest LTE connectivity among rival handsets
source: SignalsResearch via FierceWireless
1. Duketytz (Posts: 83; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)
They didn't include Sony in the test... As with all 'high-end' smartphones, Sony will always be left out. Nevertheless good job Motorola!
4. rodneyej1 (Posts: 2669; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
They should've included Nokia, and BB,, just for $hits, and giggles..
15. jroc74 (Posts: 3630; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
That probably woulda been a closer contest. I think BB might have beat them.
2. Brendan126 (Posts: 13; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)
What were the other smartphones in accordance with the colors? As an owner of the G2 I have a feeling it was one of the lower ones... :/
3. galanoth (Posts: 123; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)
Why did they use a Galaxy Note 2 instead of a Galaxy Note 3.
Doesn't the Note 3 have the newer radio tech?
5. Valanten (Posts: 18; Member since: 07 Apr 2009)
I change my cell phones pretty often... recently I bought the LG G2 and had big expectations for it and I wasn't wrong the phone is great, I love the camera, the buttons on the back and especially the battery life but after a while with it, traveling to a different states I had bad experience with it's radio signal, the worst from any other phone I use to own before which makes the LG G2 useless to me! I probably won't buy another LG anytime soon.
7. plonko (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)
Would've Could've Should've. I call Shenanigans. How difficult would it have been to get an AT&T Moto X to make it a legit comparison rather than having someone pontificate that the results would be the same? To discount the importance of the network is sheer carelessness.
8. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2604; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Not surprising. If Motorola has one strength above most other manufacturers, it is in building mobile radios.
13. JunitoNH (Posts: 713; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
Yes Michael, but all things being the same. My iPhone beats the "X", hands down. Before anyone say anything stupid, yes I do own several devices, including the aforementioned.
16. jroc74 (Posts: 3630; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
I lived n worked in poor reception areas....and Moto was the best overall in my experience with Android phones.
10. 14545 (Posts: 975; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
Anyone know what the other smartphone labels are? I'm curious who is last and where the S4 is.
11. troutsy (Posts: 198; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)
From the source, "Signals Research declined to specify which smartphones were represented by the other lines"
12. 14545 (Posts: 975; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
Thanks, I looked at the source and missed that.
14. jroc74 (Posts: 3630; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
This is a no brainer to us long time Moto fans. Its one main reason they remain my fav phone manufacturer.
17. 777light777 (Posts: 24; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)
The force is strong with this one.
Good job Moto! :)
(hoping for a Moto nexus at some point)
18. Joshua9007 (Posts: 31; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
I wish 2 different things from this, first that they would have done this for every carrier, and 2nd that they would have listed the other phones on the graph. I have a GS4 on sprint and is actually a decent RF performer, but people that I know on Verizon that live in the country had to return the Verizon model b/c it had no service in their house (where they were at least able to make calls for 10+ yrs)
The AT&T 700MHz band will have similar performance to Verizon, but it would be nice to see the data. Also AT&T uses AWS spectrum where they don't have 700MHz, and Verizon is adding that soon as well for capacity. So it would be neat to see if the phones still still ranked the same on the other frequencies.