Apple and Android have been in a tug of war for more than a decade. And from the looks of it, the competition is not ending anytime soon. However, often we see one having the upper hand over other and vice versa. But this week, Android devices’ victory may want you to reconsider on your decision on buying Apple iPhones.
According to the data collected by Ookla, Android devices including the ones from Samsung, outperformed Apple devices like iPhone X in download speeds, by a long shot.
Ookla, or you might know the company from its popular speedtest.net website, compared Intel XMM 7480 with Qualcomm X20. The former is found in some Apple iOS devices, and the latter is part of Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip which is carried by latest flagship Android smartphones like Samsung Galaxy S9 and OnePlus 6.
According to Bloomberg‘s review of speed test data, Samsung Galaxy S9 had a download speed of 38.9 Mb/s across all carriers in the US whereas iPhone X showcased a speed of 29.7 Mb/s. Also, iPhone 8 plus and iPhone 8 garnered speeds of 29.4 Mbps and 28.6 Mbps, respectively.
Download speeds on iPhone were also seen fluctuating on different carriers. While Verizon network iPhones displayed an average speed of 31.5Mbps, Sprint network iPhones showed a throttled average speed of 25.1 Mbps.
On the other hand, Samsung and Pixel devices showed substantial average download speeds of 38.2 Mbps and 34.4 Mbps.
This difference in speeds might act as a significant factor since all these smartphones lie on a similar price tag.
For people who already own iPhones devices, there is not much to worry since the difference in download speeds would be noticeable while downloading huge files or stream very high-quality quality videos. And it might not affect your everyday browsing.