Last fall when the iPhone 14 Pro Max was launched, it took the top spot for the fastest download speeds in multiple studies and beat competitors like the Samsung 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 published its latest mobile performance report that compared the major US carriers for download and upload speeds, consistency, availability, and more.
Another interesting comparison in the test was to see how the most popular smartphones in the US fared in Q4 for download/upload speed and latency.
While the iPhone 14 Pro Max earned the crown for speed in Q3 with a download speed of 147 Mbps and an upload speed of 17 Mbps, the tables have turned in a new Ookla study.
The fastest smartphones in the US by download speed
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 earned the top spot with an average download speed of 147.24 Mbps while Google’s Pixel 7 Pro came in second at 137.11 Mbps.
The iPhone 14 Pro Max came in third with 133.84 and the 14 Pro logged 130.14 Mbps. Upload speeds and latency were very close but the Pixel 7 Pro led with 15.53 Mbps upload and 50 ms latency.
Another interesting result is that Samsung’s smartphones took the lead in terms of the fastest download speeds compared to all iPhones of around 7 Mbps.
The interesting part about the iPhone 14 Pro Max losing its crown for the 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 dropped from 147 to 133 Mbps, allowing the Fold4 and Pixel 7 Pro to take the first and second spots.
Since we’ve seen the iPhone 14 Pro Max perform at speeds as high as these two Android smartphones, one possibility is that more 14 Pro Max smartphones made it into the hands of customers in more areas with more carrier coverage delay between Q3 and Q4.
Alternatively, at launch, the percentage of iPhone 14 Pro Max users may have been higher in metro areas where download speeds may have skewed higher for Q3 before settling lower in Q4.
In any case, all of the best smartphones between Apple, Samsung, and Google are offering strong download speeds with a median performance between 125 and 147 Mbps in the Ookla test.
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