By Bob Kovacs
T-Mobile’s new G2 Android phone puts a lot of power in the palm of your hand, including 4G Internet data speeds that match the fastest phones on the market. In a recent Wirefly speed test that compared the T-Mobile G2 with the Samsung Vibrant and the Samsung Epic 4G, the G2 demonstrated Internet download speeds that put it in the 4G category.
Capable of operating on T-Mobile’s HPSA+ network, the G2 tested at speeds up to 5.5 Mbps. In a Wirefly video recording on YouTube, the G2 showed a download speed of 3.07 Mbps. By comparison, the Samsung Vibrant (which runs on T-Mobile’s slightly slower HSPA network) topped out at a modest 437 kbps. The Vibrant is certainly capable of higher speeds and there are many variables that can account for the results in an Internet speed test. The Vibrant received a relatively weak signal for this particular test, which accounts for its lackluster performance.
Wirefly’s video also compared the G2 to the Samsung Epic 4G, which runs on Sprint’s 4G WiMax network. As shown in the video, the Epic 4G grabbed an Internet speed of 3.6 Mbps. In tests in the suburbs near the Wirefly campus, the Samsung Epic 4G achieved Internet speeds as high as 4.5 Mbps. With the results of many tests now in hand, the T-Mobile G2 and Samsung Epic 4G have quite similar Internet data speeds.
Sprint has held 4G bragging rights since the company’s WiMax network started its slow roll-out in 2009. However, it’s clear that T-Mobile has closed the gap with its HSPA+ network and the new G2 phone. Now that there’s a new 4G provider on the block, we can expect the high-speed data competition to heat up.