Recently, we reviewed both the HTC Vivid, and Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket. These smartphones were the first in AT&T’s line-up to support 4G LTE on AT&T’s growing LTE network. AT&T has already announced that 4G LTE will be available in 15 markets by the end of the year, but us sad folks in New York City aren’t fortunate enough to have 4G LTE available to us yet. So it wasn’t until this week that we got a chance to test out the HTC Vivid and Samsung’s Skyrocket’s full prowess, while testing them in Atlanta, Georgia, where AT&T’s 4G LTE network is now live.
The results of our speed tests in Atlanta are nothing short of remarkable. According to SpeedTest.net, we were able to achieve download speeds of up-to 34220kbps down and 19288kbps up. That blows away any other 4G phones that we have tested in the past. Interestingly enough, while the HTC Vivid soared with great speeds and super quick website loads, the Skyrocket especially lived up to its name. It managed to out do the HTC Vivid in terms of website loading speeds, and it achieved even faster speeds than the Vivid according to the SpeedTest.net app. As a matter of fact, the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket is the fastest smartphone we have ever tested in terms of web surfing and downloads and uploads. Either way, both devices are doing a great job of taking advantage of AT&T’s 4G LTE network. It is totally blowing our mind that these phones have faster download and upload speeds than our home cable internet connection!
Both devices also proved to be faster than the Motorola DROID RAZR for Verizon which we recently reviewed. The Droid RAZR is a 4G LTE device too. But to be fair, we did test the DROID RAZR in New York City, so that isn’t the fairest comparison – after all, the real test of AT&T’s 4G LTE network will be how it performs in a busy and very congested city like New York City. Needless to say, after seeing how well these phones performed over in Atlanta, AT&T’s 4G LTE network has us super psyched for what the future will bring to smartphones and tablets.