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LTE data transfer speeds show huge variation suggesting blame should be shifted away from network providers

LG’s G2 provides the fastest download speed of any smartphone after research showed that data transfer times across different models tend to differ vastly.

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Netradar, which measures mobile connections and devices, found that the devices it surveyed vastly differed when it came to speeds using a commercial public LTE network and the LG G2 D802 came out top of the pile at 113.6mbps.

Following close behind in second place was the Samsung Galaxy S4+ with 108.5mbps, another LG device, the Nexus 5, took third with 100.6mbps, and they were the only three to top the 100mbps mark.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 notched 98.9mbps and the top five was completed by Nokia’s Lumia 820 at 96.5mbps – the only non-Android phone in the top five. Apple, meanwhile, is conspicuous by its absence from the top five and goes to show that the exorbitant prices are not always the way to go for the fastest speeds.

"A higher price often gives some confidence that the device can also give good and stable data rates. Yet, we can also identify devices that are moderately priced and still give great speeds, and on the other hand, there are expensive devices that have very poor performance. Our algorithms can also identify users who have a great device, but their mobile data plan is bit rate limited", says Sebastian Sonntag, a doctoral candidate in the team.

The results of Netradar’s study are based on 2.4 million measurements that it carried out on 76,000 users of its app that measures quality in terms of download and upload speed, signal strength, and can even identify network problems as well as the performance of brands and tablets.

"People often say that their wireless operator is bad and has a bad network. However, the problem is often in the mobile device they use. There are huge differences in the quality of the devices, not simply the screen size, processor or storage, but also the radio hardware and antenna. The difference can be seen as slow and unstable data connectivity", added professor Jukka Manner, who leads the development of the system.

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Netradar also ranked the top 150 devices based on average data transfer speeds and the list of those devices can be found here.