Verizon's Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs Apple iPad 2: Internet and Data Speeds
posted by FAUguy / Jul 30, 2011, 5:50 PM
The clear advantage in raw data speed goes to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 since it is utilizing Verizon's fast 4G LTE network. We ran the SpeedTest.net app and got around 7-8 Mbps downloads and 3-4 Mbps uploads, which is also in the same range that we get on the HTC ThunderBolt smartphone. When using the same app on the Apple iPad 2, which uses Verizon's 3G EVDO Rev A network, we got on average 1 Mbps for downloads and 0.4 Mbps for uploads.
Up next, we wanted to see how fast their web browsers would be while loading the same sites. Since the Apple iPad 2 does not support Adobe Flash, we disabled the Flash plug-in on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, so both phones would only load the same web site data. When going to the PhoneArena.com site, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 completely loaded it 12 seconds faster than the iPad 2. Then when we loaded the NY Times site, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 was only about 2 seconds faster, and the National Geographic site was loaded in the same amount of time on both devices. Based upon this, it does appear that the web site's content does make a difference on if there is a noticeable difference on their load times. Since the PhoneArena site has a lot of graphics, it loaded faster on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with 4G than the iPad 2 with 3G, but since the NY Times site is mostly text, both phones loaded them in about the same amount of time.
We then re-enabled the Adobe Flash on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and did the same web site tests again. This time around, the iPad 2 was able to completely load the main PhoneArena site 20 seconds faster than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and loaded the Motorola DROID 3 review page 7 seconds faster. This is because when Flash is enabled, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 naturally has to download all the embedded Flash content, and then process and run it on the page. This is why it is taking longer to load than when having Flash turned off. But when going to the NY Times site, both devices loaded it in the same time since there was no Flash content to download, and there was only a 3 second difference when loading the National Geographic site.
It is clear that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is capable of much faster download and upload speeds than the Apple iPad 2. Again, due to the differences in the Verizon 4G and 3G network. But when downloading and viewing web sites, it is a bit of a mixed bag. When Adobe Flash is not used on either device, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 was faster on loading the PhoneArena site, but both tablets were almost the same speed when loading the NY Times and National Geographic sites. Then when we re-enabled Flash on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, it took longer to load the PhoneArena site than the iPad 2, but again both took about the same time for loading the NY Tines and National Geographic sites.
At this point, if you are in the market for a tablet to be used with Verizon's data service, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is going to have the advantage of using the 4G network, which will also allow for faster email and app downloads as well, while the iPad 2 is still using the 3G network. But if you are using mostly a Wi-Fi connection at home or at work, then both tablets would be equal in their data speeds.
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And Apple haters go!
posted on Jul 30, 2011, 5:56 PM 3
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taco, ive seen most of your posts... you really have to stop trolling, i understand you like apple (like i do), but your comments are rash and honestly have nothing to do with the article, make smart comments and you wont look stupid
posted on Jul 30, 2011, 7:17 PM 14
Not goin to hate on the apple. Just the dumbass who wrote the article. If you had access to both devices, why not give turning off 4g a shot and compare bones to bones. If your going to void the flash content aspect then doing the same with 4g is a no brainer...
posted on Jul 30, 2011, 6:07 PM 5
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that would have made way to much sense!
posted on Jul 30, 2011, 8:12 PM 3
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the samsung runs circles around the ipad2. dislay. flash. size. optimized tablet operating system. lte. as for the ipad.. ok display. no flash. 3g only. same operating system as the iphone which makes the ipad to me a big iphone.
posted on Jul 30, 2011, 6:33 PM 9
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Why would you even do a speed test using 4g when the iPad clearly doesn't offer that option? Why not have an Olympian sprinter race a man with no legs? The race should have been done with wifi. How stupid is this? Very! Regardless of what you may believe or think the iPad 2 is the money machine! It has iTunes. Nothing else needs to be said. Until you can beat iTunes you lose! I tether my iPad to my phone. It doesn't even have 3G! It's a wifi only model. Why would I want a second data plan to pay for? And guess what..if it had 4G it wouldn't matter because who would want a movie on HULU or Netflix to play faster? Is that the object? To watch it at double time? Because it plays at the normal speed with 3G so what's the difference? If its not being streamed then I'd download it on wifi because neither 3G nor 4G would be fast enough for me to wait on an entire movie to download over them. This is pointless! Also I wouldn't even stream an entire 2hr movie over either because both AT&T and Verizon would stick their hands up my A$$ and charge the $HIT! outta me for data!
posted on Jul 30, 2011, 8:24 PM 1
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robes1. if u r going to write a book then a least know what you are talking about. you must be one of the people that think since they have a iphone4 that you have 4g. OF course 4g want make your movies play faster on hulu or whatever..but it will download your movies a lot faster and keep people like you out of the local starbucks while you use the free wifi hot spot for your ipad...if you had 4g then yiu wouldnt need to hang out at starbucks have you heard of unlimited data for 29.99 on vw...i have it
posted on Jul 30, 2011, 9:20 PM 2
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Why would I think that my iPhone 4 has 4G when the iPad 2 came out months later and doesn't have it? You sir are an a$$! And I evidently know more than you do about this! LOL! And just so you know...your carrier no longer offers unlimited data to new customers! Go read something idiot! And like I said..who the hell downloads movies over a wireless network?! Even with real European 4G it would take ALL DAY! And I happen to have wifi at home and at the business that I own so I don't sit at Starbucks! Get a job! And learn the difference between want and won't! Wow! You really should talk $hit if you quit school after 1st grade!
posted on Jul 31, 2011, 12:23 PM 0
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I can download a movie from iTunes or Amazon with LTE and it takes 10 minutes. I can and I have. That's a 4 GB download. I have the unlimited plan, the one VZW used to offer and really only applies to power users such as myself. That's who the hell downloads movies via a wireless network; learn how to write and voice yourself effectively. You really shouldn't talk $hit if you can't hold a well rounded conversation.
posted on Jul 31, 2011, 2:22 PM 3
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"But if you are using mostly a Wi-Fi connection at home or at work, then both tablets would be equal in their data speeds." WTF??? Where is the proof of that, PA?? That's what you should have compared. That and 3g vs 3g. That's the worst comparison I've seen here.
posted on Jul 31, 2011, 12:20 AM 4
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The galaxy tab is using 4g while the ipad2 uses 3g. Of course the galaxy tab would be faster than the ipad2. Regardless, the galaxy tab is a great tablet and has a gorgeous screen. Although I still prefer the ipad2 over the galaxy tab.
posted on Jul 31, 2011, 12:51 AM 2
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This is truly the dumbest comparism PA has ever posted. Wtf r they trying to prove, noshyt 4G is faster than 3G. They are purposely trying to start Fandroid vs iFan wars cuz they take joy in reading us diss each other! If ur gonna make a real comparism at least make sure theyre both on the same network, then again like Robes1 said that would have made too much sense!
posted on Jul 31, 2011, 4:09 AM 2
How can you compare such different products? They have completely different generation of technologies and funcionality. It's like comparing a gprs enabled phone that has a wap browser with a 3g enabled iPhone 4 that can also load html. Galaxy has a current generation of 21 Mbps HSDPA and a modern web browser with flash capabilities, versus the older 14 Mbps HSDPA iPad speed and a browser that is not capable of desktop-like rendering of web sites. It's like comparing Galaxy S2 with an iPhone 4. Just pointless...
posted on Jul 31, 2011, 5:56 AM 1
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the difference between 4g and 3g is obvious, also, the difference between flash and no flash is also obvious... but the worst part i think is waiting for the page to completely load, i'd like to see a review where they show the page that "functions first" scrolling and selecting links... i rarely wait for the page to completely load before i begin using it. so i feel that the page full load is a non sense issue.
posted on Jul 31, 2011, 3:58 PM 1
Why would I think that my iPhone 4 has 4G when the iPad 2 came out months later and doesn't have it? You sir are an a$$! And I evidently know more than you do about this! LOL! And just so you know...your carrier no longer offers unlimited data to new customers! Go read something idiot! And like I said..who the hell downloads movies over a wireless network?! Even with real European 4G it would take ALL DAY! And I happen to have wifi at home and at the business that I own so I don't sit at Starbucks! Get a job! And learn the difference between want and won't! Wow! You really should talk $hit if you quit school after 1st grade! Robes1. Your first sentence. What does that have to do with a ipad 1,2, 3, 4 or whatever number or 4g or your iphone4. Real Europen 4G, you are lost... you are definately on ATT's GSM network and haven't experienced true LTE on verizon. All you can do is slither up profanity because you are lost for appropriate words. As for the cafe you own...who cares...upgrade your wi fi network so that you can download faster...As for want or wont---who gives a flying ( ). This is phonearena..not English 101...We talk phone facts not to hear what you own, how to spell and that you are so into yourself because you own an iphone that you think you are the best thing since sliced bread. You definately aren't working hard, since you have all this time devoted to phonearena.com...... Wake up and smell the coffee. I might be one of your cafe customers one day---you never will know---(or is it no) tell me.
posted on Jul 31, 2011, 7:00 PM 2
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