5G vs 4G with 5G Speed Test and 5G Race
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hey what’s up guys I’m kitty HD here so
I got kind of curious with seeing all these videos in my sub box over the past
couple months of people getting taken to Chicago to test 5g and doing all these
hype speed test but then I started to notice they all sort of have a couple
things in common but really it was just getting me curious about the whole thing
so I bought a 5g phone and then I drove to the nearest 5g city and I tried it
for myself so this is my new $1600 Samsung Galaxy S10 5g on Verizon and so the crew and I drove from the studio to the nearest 5g
city which is Providence Rhode Island so for those unfamiliar a brief explainer
what is 5g well we all have 4G now 5g is the fifth generation of wireless network
technology and so all of the carriers are working on building out their 5g
networks right now Verizon AT&T Sprint while working on 5g the main theme of 5g
is again speed every new generation of the wireless networks are significantly
faster and more capable than the previous some of you may remember the
old and very slow to G and 3G and how much better 4G is than those 5g
represents another step forward so to take advantage of 5g you need a 5g
device with 5g radios and a 5g network so for me that’s the galaxy s 10 5g and
it’s Verizon who’s building up their 5g network in certain cities one location
at a time so you can’t just get a software update to a 4G phone to just
enable 5g that’s right I’m talking to you AT&T changing people’s status bars
to say 5ge when it’s really just 4G it’s stupid it’s basically a lie you’re kind
of trying to trick people into thinking they got 5g v ge is not 5g it’s still 4G
it’s really shame anyway 5g is built on what’s called
millimeter waves it’s a new section of very high frequency spectrum upwards of
20 gigahertz all the way to near 96 gigahertz but the catch is
the higher the frequency of any wave the lesser the range like that’s just the
truth on paper so for the same reason five gigahertz Wi-Fi doesn’t travel as
far as 2.4 gigahertz Wi-Fi the same reason microwaves don’t cook things on
the other side of the glass wall that’s the same reason 5g doesn’t travel as
well through the real world so millimeter waves biggest problem is
that even if you’re standing pretty close to the node like a couple hundred
feet away it only really travels well within direct line-of-sight so things
like trees and walls and buildings block and disrupt the high frequency signal
even if you’re still close to it I’ve heard even that rain in the air could
potentially be a problem so this is why I wanted to test this for myself so we
drove to Providence Rhode Island which is on the growing list of Verizon’s 5g
cities it’s not the whole city that’s one big 5g hotbed it’s only certain
areas sort of tucked away happens to be near Brown University where we found one
of them and we found it by finding one of these this is a 5g node or three
nodes to be specific at the top of a light pole you could tell because it
said Verizon right on the pole and because if you stand right next to it
with a 5g phone in your hand and run a speed test the results are just
absolutely ridiculous the 4G and the notification bar switches to indicate 5g
and you open up your app of choice and run a speed test and I’m seeing easy
seven hundred eight hundred nine hundred often well above a thousand megabits per
second download highest result I actually saw in my personal testing was
1.9 gigabits per second briefly from fast comm that’s just that’s that’s just
hilariously fast like you could almost use your whole data cap in a minute
dreamlike speeds very very nice of course you want to see what this type of
speed is actually good for other than a speed test so YouTube videos just played
instantly without any buffering in HD I could fast-forward right off the bat
no problem what browsing of course would be super fast hopping into the Play
Store to download a gigantic game like pub G mobile progress moves pretty fast
not like a blink of an eye and it’s done but still
better than it would be on LTE the fortnight downloader progressed faster
than the fortnight installer would have meaning it’s it’s crazy impressive and
downloading an entire stranger things episode from Netflix in HD on this phone
took about four seconds so you could grab a whole season in probably like 30
seconds if you wanted to which is again absolutely ideal but
again here’s the thing this is all while standing like right next to the tower
with a direct line-of-sight you know perfectly ideal conditions great weather
once I left that it kind of broke down pretty quickly so right around the
corner of this brick building just to get into the shade so literally maybe 75
feet away from the node but behind a wall I’m getting much slower 5g it’s
still 5g but you can see the numbers here now I mean it’s kind of crazy to
call 200 300 400 down slow but compared to what I was getting before that’s a
pretty big difference to basically cut your speed in half just by walking a
couple meters down the block and I also noticed just by walking halfway down the
block I’d start bouncing back and forth between 4G vs 5g and like it was
frustratingly inconsistent even when I did have a line of sight with maybe a
tree or two sort of nearby my phone would drop 5g and then jump back on
again I think it’s seated in the notification
bar it would drop back to 5g and then back to 4G and then when I was on 5g and
I ran the speed test it would be great I get a thousand down again which is
awesome but when I ran it at 4G I would get 4G speeds and its really good for G
speeds but it was just weird getting those results back-to-back like half a
block away and what I waited a minute I’d suddenly get 5g again and get a
thousand down so what’s the solution for this well as we understand it basically
just putting a lot of nodes all over the place so essentially to maximize
coverage and improve technologies so that when you move behind one obstacle
or sort of drive through a city you actively switch between nodes that
you’re connected to kind of like we do now with 4G towers but just much faster
and I think that’s the part that kind of scares people it seems seems like a
brute-force way to actually go about fixing
a problem but that’s the current plan is just blanket areas with these lower
powered cells that let you switch between them very very quickly instead
of one giant 4G tower like you have now my gut feeling is that an infrastructure
where you cover an entire city and eventually an entire country in these
little nodes is gonna be incredibly expensive and probably take a very long
time like years so it’s a long way off but here’s another thing to notice even
with me standing right next to a 5g node and holding a brand-new 2019 5g phone
there were still some drawbacks to notice the main three are heat battery
and upload so for one the upload appears to still be happening at 4G speed even
when I’m connect it to 5g I never broke a hundred megabits per second up in all
my testing which is still a great speed but my dream of uploading an 8k YouTube
video in like five seconds or going live streaming high resolution VR or
something like that are not possible at all yet now you’ve probably also noticed
the ping is still out 4G levels too the goal is to get this down to a
millisecond or less but that isn’t happening yet in these
tests either and then heat and battery are something that this phone seemed to
specifically suffer from when I was testing I started my day when we got to
Providence with 75 percent battery did all my testing and that maybe took about
four or five hours and when we finished I was at 21 percent battery and the
phone was warm to the touch the whole time this is why you see 5g versions of
phones coming out almost always have a larger battery than their normal 4G
brothers including the Galaxy S 10 5 G and the phone getting warm during the
testing too when I wasn’t even gaming or doing anything graphically intensive
just watching some YouTube videos and download tests was a little concerning
so the bottom line 5g is like folding phones right now in 2019 clearly not
ready yet but when you use it and you get just the right use case and you’re
at just the right space you get this amazing little glimpse into the future
that you wish was ready for right now cuz it’s so great but it’s not and
currently the cons sort of outweigh the pros and
I wouldn’t spend extra money on it right now in 2019 the future of 5g is really
bright assuming you know the infrastructure happens and isn’t too
obtrusive and that’s a big assumption but then we’re talking virtual reality
streaming and networks of autonomous cars that are all internet connected and
talking to each other and maybe even think about remote surgery with a 5g
connected robot in one country with a doctor over here and a patient in
another country and everything just working seamlessly like all this super
high-bandwidth low-latency stuff maybe the end of video buffering altogether
all seem possible but as of right now in 2019 it just isn’t ready yet but I’m
super ready for what it is either way thanks for watching catch you guys in
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