iPad 4G real-world speed test: AT&T vs. Verizon

“A couple of months ago, I had a chance to roam around San Francisco with the new iPhone 4S from all supported carriers and found that none offered cellular Internet speeds even close to those of the slowest 4G device,” Dong Ngo reports for CNET. “Now, I just did the same thing with the new iPad, both AT&T and Verizon versions, and it was quite the opposite story.”
“Keep in mind that these tests only evaluate data speeds for these devices in San Francisco and are not designed to be representative of data speeds you’ll find in your area. However, they at least should show how the data speeds compare between each carrier’s version of the iPad, as well as the speed the Verizon iPad’s hot-spot feature offers,” Ngo reports. “Both versions of the iPad were really fast in my testing. While the AT&T version was generally faster, both have such a starting point that from a user’s point of view, there’s likely no difference at all in terms of speed.”

Ngo reports, “In fact, in my trials, regardless of where I was around town, all Internet applications worked instantly of either of the iPads. There was no lag or buffer time for video streaming. It was really a big difference moving from a 3G device. For this reason, as far as the connection speed is concerned, the winner this time is actually you, the user.”

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