According to a recent poll on theAndroidPhone.com, people were quick to indicate that they believe Verizon will have the best 4G network in the USA in 2011. A very recent and fairly comprehensive benchmark held across 13 different cities says otherwise. While AT&T doesn’t necessarily have a reputation for being the most reliable network in many markets, AT&T was tested to be the most highly rated network in a recent comparison by PC World.
At each testing location, PC World and its testing partner Novarum, connected to the 3G network via both laptops and smartphones.
According to PC World:
“The laptop tests accurately measured the capacity and performance potential of a given network, while the smartphone tests approximated the real-world connection speeds users of these popular devices might experience, given the less-powerful processors and 3G radios that the devices contain.”
Pretty comprehensive and accurate for sure.
This being said, it’s important to remember that a person using AT&T in New York won’t receive the same wonderful coverage as their Atlanta counterpart. AT&T’s rapid improvement over the past 8 months has demonstrated that the company is putting their money where their mouth is – and is finally getting serious about competing with the ever-flush Verizon.
AT&T spent tens of million improving their 3G coverage in the markets PC World tested in. New York City and San Francisco – places that are known for their bad coverage – saw download speeds increase significantly: over 300% and 40% respectively. AT&T also improved its average reliability from 68 percent to 94 percent.
Via: PC World
Also, what network are you on? What has your experience been like so far?
Check out the comprehensive comparison for yourself: