Just my T-Mobile Nexus S (effing love it), got my AT&T Nexus One still, time to get to the bottom of who kicks whose ass on the most important island in the world. New Yorkers out there, hit me with a few requests of where to do some speed tests (within Metrocard range), preferably areas you know to suck chronically either with AT&T or T-Mobile or both. Or any carrier for that matter.

I guess what I’ll try to do is go to a handful of locations with both phones and a camera, hold the two phones in front of me, starting by aiming at a street sign and then my watch or whatever for proof, and video the speed tests with the camera and then do screenshots for good measure and post the results.

Kind of tricky, holding three expensive devices conspicuously both due to theft exposure and for elevated terroristic suspicions (we’re still sensitive about that in my city, seeing water coolers full of water or anything potentially weird), but damnit I want the truth and I ain’t tryin’ to hear no photoshopping accusations from you AT&T apologists and your anecdotal bullshit.

So hit me with a few right now, want to get this done in the interests of not paying two phone bills. Guess I’ll start with Times Square which has never not sucked with AT&T. Also if you have any reason to believe I shouldn’t run both tests simultaneously even with full signals on each phone, speak now. Also speak now if the video thing is unnecessary, if you trust me not to lie about which did which, where and when, unless you think the video would make for better entertainment.

Doug Simmons


  1. video would definately provide better entertainment, and obviously you should start in your apartment (seeing as its got all that fancy cell equipment in the laundry room) then go to places where you know there are towers and try them from different distances from the known tower, and also, make sure t-mo isnt picking up an AT&T tower or vica versa (or maybe if you wanted to see if the samsung or the HTC was faster you could go to an area where they pick up the same tower)

  2. Okay, video it is.

    First round complete in my apartment on 106 CPW, aka Manhattan Valley close to the boarder of H-Town, time to hit the road. Gotta hit the west 70s first, maybe Central Park while I’m there (though that would have been more revealing in the summer), then Columbus Circle then by the Apple store then Park Ave in the 50s then Times Square then Battery Park then the financial district… how does that sound?

    Think I might leave you guys hanging and make you wait for the results until I’ve done all the locations… not sure.

  3. not cool man, at least feed us the apartment results now (or at least tell us who won) sounds like youve got a good mix of areas to test though, im really curious to see how this pans out.

  4. You know where is bad for T-Mo on the N train heading from Coney Island to 8 avenue, I always have serious issue there with the HD2, don’t know about anyone else, ever have that problem? bearly get 3g speeds and signals lol. let me know if anyone has that issue.

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