I just got back from Chicago, had a few amazing days there. I could not wait to visit that city again. And while I was there, I was able to shoot my one month experience with the Samsung Galaxy s 10 five G.
And what it’s like to use that phone on a day to day basis, more like a real world test.
So if you’re interested in picking that phone up, you definitely need to watch it. And while I was there, I was able to test out five G for a couple of days.
And I was so impressed with it that I wanted to make a separate experience video on what it was like to use five G. I was able to test it out on the Horizon network, but all major carriers should be launching five GS sometime this year.
So if it’s coming to your city, I want to give you a glimpse of how this is going to change the way you use your phone. Before I show you some tests, I feel like a breakdown of 5G is necessary.
There are two types of 5G that you will see coming to a city near you.
They will both work together to make a seamless experience. But the one I’ve got the test was the high band millimeter wave transmitted by nodes like these all throughout the city.
The spectrum is bandwidth is incredibly high and it’s meant to give you superfast directional data, very precise, beaming directly to your phone. But signal can be easily blocked by light poles, trees and other obstacles. So having multiple nodes will be key.
So you can adaptively change between beams while you’re walking.
The second will be sub six gigahertz bands. So to explain it easily, it’ll be like a boost upgrade to existing towers to increase speeds and bandwidth and coverage. So this is how I’m most likely to see 5G in my area because I don’t live in high traffic cities like New York City, L.A. or Chicago.
But in theory, this is really smart, if you think about it. If everyone outside is consuming all of this data on the high band millimeter wave, then this frees up bandwidth inside for existing networks, alleviating congestion.
So the speeds inside get better as well. So both of these working together should make the experience better overall, fire enough speed tests and testing these network speeds throughout the city.
Just mind boggling. I almost saw two gigabits per second down at one point, which is just insane. This is faster than most people’s fiber connections at home.
That is who I use. And that 5G is not real 5G. I have that icon here on my iPhone. So don’t be fooled. You can see how fast real 5G speeds are in comparison to it. I also ran a speed test against 4G LTE. So you can see the difference here, which is already pretty fast in my opinion.
But 5G just blows it away. Here it’s almost four times as fast on download, which is a game changer. If you don’t care about technology, don’t understand it, or that’s just not your thing. That’s OK. I’m going to give you some real world examples of what it’s like.
It wouldn’t be fair if I just found the fastest node and did all my tests there.
So I moved all throughout the city. Speeds varied from 500 megabits per second, down to almost two gigabits per second. So it did vary. But here’s how it will make a major difference. So faster download speeds for big games like fortnight, downloading full episodes of Stranger Things.
And about five seconds or so, you could download an entire season quick before you hop on that plane to binge watch. And some apps like Spotify. I don’t think are fully optimized yet or any of these apps are really fully optimized.
But this is an entire album in extreme quality. Downloading and it took about 20 seconds or so. But that’s nothing to be angry about.
That’s for sure. So, for example, if you wanted to catch up on boss, just download the entire season. Look at how fast those episodes are downloading.
This will significantly cut down on time spent waiting for downloads to happen, even though millimeter wave can be fickle with windows and inside buildings. I was actually able to get five G in the Starbucks next to the window.
If you love watching content on YouTube, look at this. Zero load times an instant for resolution. This is just a dream.
So low latency and fast speeds is what you can expect from five G. Some real world differences here. I have to admit, every time I saw that ultra wide band logo pop up at the top.
That’s what you’re gonna see if you’re on the Horizon network. I just got really excited because it is really that fast.
And I just can’t imagine what it’s like to use this on a day to day basis with 5G live all the time. So let’s talk about some of the downsides on my experience with five. I think the biggest thing about it right now is that it’s too early. It’s in its infancy.
So the commercial rollout is happening only in a few cities. This network is really not built out the way it’s supposed to be quite yet. So the experience is going to be different.
Down the line with millimeter wave, it did depend on where I was standing.
Maybe if I was standing behind a light post or something like that, it did affect it. Sometimes the connection would cut in and out.
But that’s just because it’s not robust enough yet to kind of handle that switchover. So once all these nodes come up sub six gigahertz and everything starts working together should be a seamless experience. Also, if you notice in these speed.
Tests, you’ll see that the upload link is still in 4G, so that 5G upload transition has not happened yet. It will happen eventually. But as of right now, the upload is still in 4G.
Of course, there are debates about the safety of 5G. And I don’t really want to get into that here. But I want to point you to Linus’s video. You did a really good job on the myths of 5G.
And if it’s safe or not, I think you should watch that video because he does a really good job of breaking that down. So if you’re concerned about 5G, I would definitely check out that article.
After the glimpse I got in Chicago, I’m really hyped for it. I can imagine phones, tablets, computers being connected, but also other things as cars, drones, cameras, medical equipment. I mean, the possibilities are endless. So let me know, what do you think about 5G?
Looking at these speeds and just using it, it really just blew my mind because these are the type of speeds that we dreamed about in the home and now we’re getting that in the wild.
What I want to know is, would you pick up a Samsung Galaxy s 10 5G today based on what you saw and if five GS live in your city? Let me know in the comment section below.