Feel the need..the need for speed? Verizon Galaxy Nexus vs Droid RAZR vs HTC Rezound
"I feel the need, THE NEED FOR SPEED!" The famous meme from Top Gun has made it into the tech world once again. Since the roll-out of LTE everyone loved to download Oookala's Speed Test run their times and post them in threads. Like winning the Top Gun trophy everyone wanted to have bragging rights to the highest download/upload speeds naming their device best in class. Phone Arena has pitted Verizon's Top Gun candidates against each other in a match up of sheer LTE speed.
As everyone is probably already aware of by now the Galaxy Nexus has been hampered with connectivity and reception issues that will hopefully be addressed when Google rolls out their next update. As already reported Verizon is aware of the issue
and looking into it, so here's to hoping the Nexus folks get this problem fixed.
So on with the speed tests! All three devices were tested in the same spot indoors so the playing field was level.
As you can see the HTC Rezound takes the Top Gun Trophy with an average 8.44 Mbit/s down and 3.51 Mbit/s up.
The Motorola Droid RAZR comes in a close second with an average of 7.35 Mbit/s down and 3.25 Mbit/s up
and the VZW Galaxy Nexus falls behind with an average 5.65 Mbit/s down and 2.43 Mbit/s up.
These tests reveal that not all 4G LTE handsets are created the same and there can only be one Top Gun. Ice Man and Hollywood (Rezound) have taken the trophy while Maverick (Droid RAZR) looks on.
Source: Phone Arena
You need the same signal strength if you want to keep this valid.
If you look at the 4g signal strength you can see the Nexus only has one bar where the other two have like three or four. This doesn't prove anything in my mind. plus isn't Verizon currently working to fix the nexus low signal problem?
It seems to be an apples and oranges comparison (the bars displayed)
Shaun, the new article about signal strength and the GNex on AnandTech may be of interest: AnandTech - Investigating the Galaxy Nexus LTE Signal Issue