You Don't Need A 5G Phone (Yet)

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MrMobile [Michael Fisher]

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Shared September 9, 2019

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Exactly ten years ago, I bought my first 4G smartphone –the HTC Evo 4G– and while the phone was amazing, the Sprint WiMAX network I tested it on ... wasn't. It was too new, too thin, and deployed at a higher frequency that couldn't penetrate buildings very well – so it was barely useable indoors.

You might remember a few months back I tested Verizon's 5G network in Chicago and found many of the same issues. All 5G networks are new, and the millimeter-wave bands Verizon is using for its rollout are many times higher frequency than even those WiMAX bands that gave me such trouble back in ‘09. That means they penetrate buildings even more poorly, even if they do provide incredible data speeds.

So what I wanted to find out was, how much difference does a few months and a much smaller city make to making 5G work in real life?

To find out, I took a train to Providence, RI to test Verizon's new 5G network there ... and just to push the limits a little bit, I'm doing the testing and the filming and the editing entirely on a Samsung Galaxy Note 10+. Join me for MrMobile's latest 5G speed test!



MrMobile's 5G Speed Test In Providence RI was produced following four hours with a Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G review sample at a Verizon press event in Providence, RI in August 2019. The devices were tested live on Verizon's 5G network deployed in Providence, with only one other group of testers (network engineers and their guests) using the network at the time of testing. MrMobile does not produce paid or sponsored reviews; neither Samsung nor Verizon was offered copy review or approval prior to publication, and no compensation was requested or provided in exchange for this coverage.

This video was shot, voiceovered and edited entirely on a Galaxy Note 10+ review sample provided by Samsung for MrMobile's Galaxy Note 10+ Review (published in August). Editing software: Adobe Rush. Ask questions about the edit process at the social links below!

Special thanks to Nirave Gondhia, Hayato Huseman and Joey Riz for filming support. Thanks also to Sascha Segan of PCMag, whose 5G MiFi M1000 review can be read here:



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