Call that sour grapes. Qualcomm is losing a big account to a competitor and decided to piss on Apple’s leg as they left the company. So to speak. Then, Qualcomm added insult to injury and informed the world, through Samsung, that Qualcomm’s modems were twice as fast as Intel’s, therefore, Samsung’s Galaxy-whatever can download faster than an iPhone. True.
With apologies to Mark Twain, not all lies are damned lies, and not all statistics are true, even if there is math involved. According to Samsung, Qualcomm, and far too many digital technology rag writers to list, this is all bad news for iPhone users.
It’s bad, I tell you. Bad. You’ll never know just how bad it is because absolutely none of the noise in the disputes between Apple and Samsung and Apple and Qualcomm really matter. Raymond Wong thinks otherwise:
An independent Ookla study (full disclosure: Mashable parent company Ziff Davis also owns Ookla), the speedtest company revealed just how inferior Intel’s modems are compared to Qualcomm’s latest modems.
The math says certain Samsung phones are faster at downloads than certain iPhones. Which means, certain Qualcomm modems– the techno jabberwocky that allows your cellphone to connect to the interwebs so you can download and upload whatever– are faster than certain iPhones without Qualcomm modems.
It’s true. It’s fact. It also doesn’t amount to a hill of beans or a piece of $#!%. It doesn’t matter. Why not? Because most of us don’t conduct such tests between devices. What we do is connect our iPhones to 1) Wi-Fi, which doesn’t matter in the aforementioned tests, or, 2) to the nearest AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, or whatever cellphone carrier your iPhone is connected to.
All those connection speeds vary like crazy– and provide download speeds far less than the perfect world tests conducted by Samsung and Qualcomm and not conducted by anti-Apple digital technology rag writers. The variables include distance to a cell tower, nearby buildings, smartphone traffic to the same tower, which applications are being used at the time, and on and on ad nauseam.
Few of us sit with a stopwatch and time downloads for anything and then compare speeds with our Samsung toting relatives. In other words, speed only matters when there isn’t any speed, and that is exactly what makes Samsung Galaxy-whatever and iPhones and any smartphone with Qualcomm or Intel Inside exactly the same.
iPhone users lose the most. Instead of getting the fastest modems, they’ll have to settle for second or third fastest.
Uh huh. Except for one thing. It won’t matter to anyone because nobody will notice the speed difference in real world settings. This fake controversy may have roots in math– just like if you jump high enough you can reach the moon– but it means nothing for Samsung customers or iPhone customers.
It does mean Qualcomm loses a few billion dollars in business from Apple, though.