Last fall, when the iPhone 14 Pro Max launched, it took the top spot for fastest download speeds in multiple studies, beating out competitors like Samsung’s Galaxy S22 smartphones. As it turns out, in the latest report, 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 top US carriers for upload and download 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 in Q4 when it came to download/upload speeds and latency.
While the iPhone 14 Pro Max won the crown for speed in Q3 with an average download speed of 147 Mbps and upload speed of 17 Mbps, things have changed according to the new Ookla study.
The fastest smartphones in the US by download speed
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 took first place with an average download speed of 147.24 Mbps, and Google’s Pixel 7 Pro came in second with 137.11 Mbps.
The iPhone 14 Pro Max came in third at 133.84 and the 14 Pro clocked in at 130.14 Mbps. Upload speeds and latency were very close, but the Pixel 7 Pro led with 15.53 Mbps for upload and 50ms of latency.
Another interesting result was that Samsung smartphones led overall in fastest average download speeds compared to all iPhones at around 7 Mbps.
The 9to5Mac take
The interesting part about the iPhone 14 Pro Max losing its crown for fastest download speed is that the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 won with the same performance we saw from the 14 Pro Max in Q3.
The average download speed of the iPhone 14 Pro Max ended up dropping from 147 to 133 Mbps, allowing the Fold4 and Pixel 7 Pro to take spots one and two.
Given that we’ve seen the iPhone 14 Pro Max perform at speeds as fast as these two Android smartphones, one possibility is that between Q3 and Q4, more 14 Pro Max smartphones found their way into the hands of customers in more areas with slower carrier coverage.
Put another way, at launch, the share of iPhone 14 Pro Max users may have been higher in metropolitan areas, which could have increased download speeds for Q3 before settling lower in Q4.
In any case, all of the best smartphones between Apple, Samsung and Google offer strong download speeds with an average throughput of between 125 and 147 Mbps in the Ookla test.
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