Hello all..I live in Bridgeport Connecticut, and i own a Galaxy nexus 4G LTE...I'm curious as to why i get such slow download speeds with my Galaxy Nexus. The Galaxy Nexus Download speeds becomes extremely apparent compared to My sisters Iphone 5 ..I did 15 speed tests on both device The Galaxy Nexus and the Iphone 5.The iPhone got between 12-16 MBPS..My nexus got as low as 1.6 MBPS, and seemed to average around 2.4 MBPS..the highest was 3.9 MBPS. I used the speedtest.net android app and the servers etc were all the same..The nexus runs the stock jellybean firmware.
I love the nexus. However, i feel cheated that the iphone 5 gets about 500-600% higher download speeds..I think something software wise if holding the nexus back from acheive true LTE speeds available in this area.
Looking at forums today to see if this was reported and if there is a remedy. I share tino4342's problem and I live clear across the country in Snohomish, Washington. At a given spot in my home, my Galaxy Nexus 4.1.1 (locked) gets 2 mbps download speed while a Verizon iPhone 5 sitting next to my GN gets around 12 mbps, both tested using speedtest.net. In various other spots around town, the iPhone 5 download speed is at least 5 times faster than the Galaxy Nexus (both on Verizon).
This is absolutely not cool. I chatted with Verizon chat service and they said the LTE antenna on iPhone 5 was better. That has to be the biggest bogus point I've heard since the protocols they use should be the same and yield the same output. It has to be the placement of LTE Antenna in the Galaxy Nexus which is blocking the signal. I think Verizon should come up with some sort of remedy/partial refund for selling LTE phone that isn't! or if the hardware is faulty, they need to own up to it and replace it. Looking forward to a Verizon response on this issue.
I am also having the same problem with the slow download speeds. I live in Henderson, Nevada. I was sitting next to a friend with the galaxy s III, he was having download speeds of upto 33 mbps, while I was not getting any higher than 7 mbps, his son was also using his HTC and getting speeds of 23+ mbps. I have had better results in the past, previous to the Jellybean update. I have had 30+ mbps down. When I connect to wifi I get 17+ mbps, so it is not a problem with the processor speed or lack of ram as the verizon sales guy stated today. I am wondering if the radio for the Jellybean update has slowed down the speed or not as good as a radio. Hopefully this can get addressed quickly..
tino4342, I know getting slow speeds with your Galaxy Nexus is not what you expected from this awesome phone but some phones may work different than others. Although the speeds are slower than your other phone, are you having any problems with the phone connecting, calling, apps, or any other data related functions? How are speeds outside your home? Do you power cycle periodically? Also ensure you're clearing your cache and browser history periodically http://tiny.cc/g8r8nw ? Please keep us posted.
My LTE speeds are fine, when I get a signal. However, in the Baltimore area my 3G upload speed is pathetic. It tops at a paltry 3 kilobytes per second. I can't even upload photos to FB unless I switch to 4G. My wife's iPhone does 50-60 kilobytes per second on 3G on the same test.
I contacted VZW tech support about this and spent hours on the phone, opening a service ticket. I finally got an answer after multiple calls months down the road. They said 3G upload speed was fine. I asked what phones they tested, and they said some type of LG model and a Droid Bionic. They didn't test it on the Galaxy Nexus. Sigh.