There’s a chance that even after many years of development, 5G may fall short of expectations. For some reason, I still haven’t seen a news story about a self-driving car carrying a doctor who is playing Apex Legends Mobile with a 4 ping while conducting remote open heart surgery with a robot connected to 5G. A successful rollout of 5G cannot occur till that time. However, the speed of your 5G device is still crucial, and we now know which ones are the fastest in the United States.
The top five quickest smartphones in the United States are all made by either Samsung or Apple, claims OOKLA, the developers of the popular Speedtest software. According to all the data they received in the third quarter of 2022, the iPhone 14 Pro Max and the iPhone 14 Pro are the two quickest 5G phones available. Following closely on their heels are Samsung’s newest flagships, the Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S22 Ultra.
High-end iPhones, on average, achieved speedy downloads of 177 Mbps down. In the United States, the leading Samsung foldable had an average speed of 162Mbps. With a median upload speed of under 20 Mbps, upload speeds continue to be unacceptable. The hardware in these devices is capable of more, thus the bottleneck is likely in the network rather than the device itself.
In addition, OOKLA notes in its piece on the quickest smartphones that performance would vary from network to network, but they did not split down the statistics by network. From what we can tell, they averaged the results of speed tests conducted across all of their apps and across all networks in the United States. A basic breakdown, if you will.
It’s disheartening since the United States always prides itself on being number one. That may not have been the case for a very long time, at least not in terms of network speeds. As can be seen, Brazil’s top gadgets list doesn’t even contain the newest, fanciest goods from Apple and Samsung, although Brazil and China exhibit twice the download and upload speeds. Moto G phones, which would cost several hundred dollars in the United States, are the quickest available in Brazil. So once again, the United States does poorly compared to other countries because of its worse network infrastructure.