Why Is The G1 Still Speed Testing Better Than New Phones?

July 29, 2010 - Written By Mike Corbett

Just as we receive news of the demise of our good old faithful T-Mobile G1, I also have news of some testing I’ve been doing while I had the Samsung Vibrant here. The tests are all run on the T-Mobile network in the suburbs of Chicago at ZIP code of 60073. The results are amazing and very confusing… These are the averages of 3 speed tests run using from the Android Ma

Phone ROM Download Speed
G1 Stock Android 1.6 1127
Google Nexus One Enomther Android 2.2 v2.10.2 756
Samsung Vibrant Stock Android 2.1 Update 1 744

How come a 2 year old device that is about to be made obsolete is getting consistently faster data rates on the T-Mobile network than the 2 latest super phones I ran the tests against? They are all connected at 3G speeds, according to the displays.  So it the radio technology in the phones? Is it because the Nexus One and the Vibrant can connect at higher speeds once the network is available that they are tweaked for the higher speeds and are slower until that time?  I’m no hardware engineer, but I’d love to hear the thoughts of anyone who has any insight! If you have multiple devices or your friends are close by and you have a chance to run the same test, do it and post your results in the comments.  I’d love to see how other devices compare to these results. For a true comparison, try to run the test from the same location or at least the same ZIP code. If you want to try for yourself, head over to the Android Market or click or scan the QRCode below.