Last fall, when iPhone 14 Pro Max launched, it took the top spot for fastest download speeds in multiple studies, beating competitors like Samsung’s Galaxy S22 smartphones. As the latest report reveals, the iPhone 14 Pro Max has lost its download speed crown to not just one but two Android devices.
Ookla released its latest mobile performance report comparing the major US carriers in terms of download and upload speeds, consistency, availability and more.
Another interesting comparison in the test is a look at how the most popular smartphones in the US stacked up for download/upload speed and latency in the fourth quarter.
While iPhone 14 Pro Max took the speed crown in the third quarter with a median of 147 Mbps download speed and 17 Mbps upload speed, the tables have turned in Ookla’s new study.
Fastest smartphones in the US by download speed
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 earned first place with a median download speed of 147.24 Mbps, while Google’s Pixel 7 Pro came in second with 137.11 Mbps.
The iPhone 14 Pro Max came in third with 133.84 and the 14 Pro recorded 130.14 Mbps. Upload speeds and latency were all very close, but the Pixel 7 Pro led with 15.53Mbps for upload and 50ms latency.
Another interesting result was that Samsung smartphones took the overall lead for the fastest median download speeds compared to all iPhones at around 7 Mbps.
The interesting thing about iPhone 14 Pro Max losing its top download speed crown is that the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 won with the same performance we saw from the 14 Pro Max in Q3.
The median download speed of the iPhone 14 Pro Max eventually dropped from 147 to 133 Mbps, allowing the Fold4 and Pixel 7 Pro to take spots one and two.
Since we’ve seen the iPhone 14 Pro Max perform at speeds that rival these two Android smartphones, one possibility is that between Q3 and Q4 more 14 Pro Max smartphones got into the hands of customers in more slower regions. provider coverage.
Put another way, at launch, the share of iPhone 14 Pro Max users may have been higher in metropolitan areas, which could have boosted download speeds for Q3 before dropping in Q4.
In any case, all of the top smartphones from Apple, Samsung and Google offer strong download speeds with median performance between 125 and 147 Mbps in Ookla’s test.
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