A lot has been said about smart mobile internet service is better than globe’s, or globe is better than smart or they both suck. So I did some ‘observation/experiment’ on how the GPRS of these 2 work. Location is IT Park, Cebu City, the building right across i3/i2. I have to mention this because they say location would matter with the smart or globe gprs performance. (You can find some listings here of 3G areas (if it’s a 3g area, most likely it has gprs) for Smart and Globe. I’m just not sure how updated that website is.)
I’m a tech dodo, so I measured speed performance using a very crude manner – a stopwatch. So what I did is for example, I access Facebook website – I time it from the start then stop the timer once page loading status bar is complete. The lower the time for a page to load completely means the faster the gprs speed means the better performance.
I tested Facebook, dabr.co.uk, gmail, and emailing a picture – because these are the activities I mostly do in my mobile phone. Plus, I guess, when we are using mobile phone to surf and browse webpages, we really do not go to heavily graphics website because it’s PITA to be viewing graphics and complicated websites on a very limited mobile screen. I’m using my Nokia E63 phone because older model phones are again such a PITA to configure the 3g/gprs settings for a tech dodo like me.
Let’s start with Facebook – everybody’s favorite, me thinks.
SMART: 15.4 seconds to completely load the Log-in Page.
GLOBE: 17.4 seconds to completely load the Log-in page.
SMART: 21.1 seconds for Facebook Home page.
GLOBE: 12.9 seconds for Facebook Home page
SMART: 23.8 seconds for Facebook Friends page.
GLOBE: 10.1 seconds for Facebook Friends page.
SMART: 42.3 seconds for Facebook Photos of You page. The time is quite high because, obviously, this page contains pictures which really takes time to load.
GLOBE: 29.1 seconds for Facebook Photos of You page.
Viewing pictures from Facebook, I recorded different time rates. I think the size and quality of the uploaded image play factor in downloading time. I tested multiple times viewing different pictures for the first time. I have to put emphasis on viewing it for the first time because it takes more time to download if it’s your first time to view it. But if you go back to that image again, it’s cache already, the download time is thrice faster.
SMART: 59 seconds is the longest time I recorded for viewing a picture.
18.9 seconds as the shortest time I recorded for viewing picture.
20-30 seconds is the averade downloading for pictures using Smart gprs.
GLOBE: 39.1 seconds is the longest download time I recorded.
9.9 seconds is the shortest time I recorded for Globe gprs.
20-30 seconds is the average downloading time for pictures using Globe gprs, which is similar to Smart gprs.
Next is dabr.co.uk — a 3rd party website to access twitter — my favorite. This is what I use to access twitter via mobile browser because it has a lot of features — like retweet button, and the pictures twitted by the people you follow are displayed as full image and not as a link.
SMART: 8.5 seconds for dabr.co.uk’s Log-in page.
GLOBE: 15 seconds for dabr.co.uk’s Log-in page.
SMART: 56.2 seconds for dabr.co.uk‘s home page.
GLOBE: 58.1 seconds for dabr.co.uk’s home page.
Now, let’s see Gmail. Email is one of the most important things we would like to check on mobile phones. It is the pride of Blackberry, their push notification of their email.
SMART: 13.1 seconds to access the Gmail Inbox.
GLOBE: 14.4 seconds to access the Gmail Inbox.
Viewing an email from the inbox recorded both, Globe and Smart, a time rate of 4 seconds something. Emails are mostly texts which are very mobile friendly thus the fast rate.
Last test is emailing with an attachment from the phone.
SMART: 3 minutes and 28.8 seconds emailing with a picture attachment. The 2nd time, it took me almost 4 minutes.
GLOBE: 59.1 seconds emailing with an attached picture. The 2nd time was 46.1 seconds. So on average, it would take 1 minute to email with attached picture via Globe gprs.
Looking at the speed results, I can say that more or less Globe and Smart have the same performance. There are areas that Smart is faster, and there are areas that Globe performs better. I do not know how do you find the time rates I recorded — if it sucks or not. But for me, I think it is good enough. For a price of P5/15 minutes for Globe and P10/30 minutes for Smart, I believe the speed is fast enough for my quick needs when I am mobile and bored. =)