6 Things You Can Do Much Better on 4G
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4G is simply better than 3G for many things you might want to do with your phone or tablet device. Right now the biggest benefit about 4G is that it’s 10 times faster than current 3G network speeds.
4G offers much better data services and therefore all the kind of things you can get on broadband at home or in your office and that you aspire to do through your smartphone or tablet computer and so forth.
Unlike 3G and other previous generations, with 4G, we’re able to stream videos, upload, download and essentially do anything on the web using our phones, tablets or laptops almost as fast as if we were at home on a broadband connection. This standard isn’t just focused on improving download speed, but has been designed to improve upload speed, too.
We give you some of the things you can do much better on 4G ;
1. Streaming videos
Although it is possible to watch TV and movies streamed from services such as BBC iPlayer and Netflix over a 3G connection, you will undoubtedly get a better experience when using 4G. Most if not all video streaming services use adaptive picture technologies, which means that the picture quality differs depending on the strength and speed of the internet connection.
While Netflix recommends a minimum broadband connection of 5Mbps for HD-quality video streaming and the UK national average for 3G is 6.1Mbps, that is not going to be achieved at all times and will dip below that top speed depending where you are. That will result in the film or TV show you are watching to revert to SD quality at times. Indeed, with the higher latency, you might even experience buffering. And while using 3G to watch streamed video, you might not even get the video to play.
2. Video calling
Video calling applications like Skype and Apple’s own FaceTime are adaptive in that you will get the best picture and audio performance possible, depending on your internet connection. That means you can do both over 3G, but not only does 4G provide greater bandwidth, allowing more data to be transmitted and received per second, it also has a faster response time - latency.
Not only do faster speeds improve gaming experiences on tablets and phones, with the ability to upload and download scores, Facebook integration, game updates and more, the lower latency offered by 4G services means that multiplayer online games are more feasible.
If you need to use a laptop or other device without mobile internet connectivity and there is no Wi-Fi, a great option is to tether your phone via a cable or Bluetooth and use your smartphone’s internet connection. Naturally, a 4G connection with faster speeds would be more ideal in that situation, as you will be getting almost a home broadband or Wi-Fi-style experience.
A dedicated 4G mobile wireless dongle, otherwise known as mobile Wi-Fi, can also be used to ensure you have your own internet hotspot to take with you wherever you go. As long as there is coverage, you will be able to connect to the internet.
Sometimes you might need to download large files. We’ve often needed to download an app or two when not near a Wi-Fi hotspot and while some phones restrict downloads to a maximum amount over a mobile connection, in order to preserve user data limits, they will often still allow downloads around some few MBs, which will take over many minutes using a 3G connection.
6. Picture uploading
One of the things that most cloud services offer is instant picture uploading. Whenever you take a picture with your smartphone, not only does it store it to your phone’s internal drive, you can have it automatically save onto your Google Drive, iCloud, Amazon Cloud, Dropbox or another cloud storage solution.
This is a smooth process when connected to 4G but it can take ages when connected via 3G or even not happen at all until you get to a Wi-Fi connection. That’s because the upload speeds offered by 4G are very impressive, often dramatically better even than home broadband.