AT&T has given its New York City customers an early holiday present with a soft launch of the carrier’s 4G LTE network. While AT&T has yet to make a statement, reports have come in that people with 4G LTE-capable devices are getting high-speed data in Manhattan. To take AT&T’s 4G for a spin, we decided to pit the LG Nitro HD for AT&T against Verizon’s Motorola Droid Razr. And so far AT&T is much faster.
In our Fifth Avenue office, the Nitro HD reached a blistering download speed of 23.8 Mbps, making the Razr’s 6.8 Mbps look like molasses. Uploads speeds for AT&T were equally impressive with the Nitro clocking in at 5.7 Mbps compared to the Droid’s pitiful 0.6 Mbps.
While we took in the fall foliage in Madison Square Park, the Nitro HD averaged a 14.3 Mbps download speed, handily beating the Droid Razr’s 6.6 Mbps. The Droid Razr made a small comeback while uploading, posting 6.8 Mbps compared to the Nitro’s 6.6 Mbps.
The speed dipped a little in Union Square, but the Nitro HD was the clear winner, posting a download rate of 10.8 Mbps and an upload speed of 7.9 Mbps. The Droid Razr only managed download and upload speeds of 8.1 and 5.6, Mbps respectively.
So far AT&T’s 4G LTE performance in New York City is impressive, but the carrier doesn’t have nearly as many customers using its network as Verizon does. (We saw similarly ridiculous speeds from Verizon back when its service launched). We look forward to re-testing AT&T’s network once more people start hopping on with 4G LTE devices.