When choosing a mobile phone, if the most important factor is cellular speed, then there really is a choice in the US and UK – it’s Apple all the way. That’s according to a report from Ookla, a company specializing in network diagnostics and makers of the popular Speedtest benchmark.
Ookla tested the 5G performance of different mobile phones in the 10 countries with the most connected devices, and in the US and UK, the iPhone 14 Pro Max came out on top. It posted an average download speed of 177.21 Mbps in the US and 171.24 Mbps in the UK. The iPhone 14 Pro was not far behind its big brother, with an average download speed of 175.08 Mbps in the US and 158.24 in the UK.
Surprisingly, in the UK, the top five 5G phones are all iPhones. The iPhone 13 Pro Max came in second in Ookla’s tests between the 14 Pro Max and 14 Pro with a score of 165.49 Mbps. The iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13 Pro round out the top five list in the United Kingdom
In the US, iPhones at the top are followed by Android phones from Samsung. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4, which finished third, trailed 8 percent behind the iPhone 14 Pro Max for the top spot. The iPhone 14 uses the same Snapdragon X65 5G modem as most premium Android phones and will likely stick with Qualcomm for at least another year. However, rumors persist that Apple is working on its own 5G modem that could be ready in 2024.
Ookla used its Speedtest Intelligence metrics to measure the 5G performance of phones that had a “greater than or equal to 0.5% market share of all devices and a minimum sample size of 100 devices in a given market.” Testing was done with the 5G providers available in each country, and Ookla notes that performance may vary from country to country.