Smart GPRS vs Globe GPRS

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.)

IT Park

IT Park

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.

Facebook Log-in Page (15.4 seconds in Smart)

Facebook Log-in Page (15.4 seconds in Smart)

GLOBE: 17.4 seconds to completely load the Log-in page.

Facebook Log-in Page (17.4 seconds with Globe gprs)

Facebook Log-in Page (17.4 seconds with Globe gprs)

SMART: 21.1 seconds for Facebook Home page.

Facebook Home page (21.1 sec with Smart gprs)

Facebook Home page (21.1 sec with Smart gprs)

GLOBE: 12.9 seconds for Facebook Home page

FAcebook Home page (12.9 sec with Globe gprs)

FAcebook Home page (12.9 sec with Globe gprs)

SMART: 23.8 seconds for Facebook Friends page.

Facebook Friends page (23.8 seconds with Smart gprs)

Facebook Friends page (23.8 seconds with Smart gprs)

GLOBE: 10.1 seconds for Facebook Friends page.

Facebook Friends page (10.1 sec for Globe gprs)

Facebook Friends page (10.1 sec for Globe gprs)

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.

Facebook Photos of You page (42.3 sec with Smart gprs)

Facebook Photos of You page (42.3 sec with Smart gprs)

GLOBE: 29.1 seconds for Facebook Photos of You page.

Facebook Photos of You page (29.1 sec with Globe gprs)

Facebook Photos of You page (29.1 sec with Globe gprs)

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.

Facebook: viewing a picture (59 sec with Smart gprs)

Facebook: viewing a picture (59 sec with Smart gprs)

18.9 seconds as the shortest time I recorded for viewing picture.

Facebook viewing picture (18.9 sec with Smart gprs)

Facebook viewing picture (18.9 sec with Smart gprs)

20-30 seconds is the averade downloading for pictures using Smart gprs.

Facebook average downloading time for pictures (20-30 seconds with Smart gprs)

Facebook average downloading time for pictures (20-30 seconds with Smart gprs)

GLOBE: 39.1 seconds is the longest download time I recorded.

FAcebook viewing picture (39.1 seconds with Globe gprs)

FAcebook viewing picture (39.1 seconds with Globe gprs)

9.9 seconds is the shortest time I recorded for Globe gprs.

FAcebook shortest download time for picture (9.9 sec with Globe gprs)

FAcebook shortest download time for picture (9.9 sec with Globe gprs)

20-30 seconds is the average downloading time for pictures using Globe gprs, which is similar to Smart gprs.

Facebook average download time (20-30 sec with Globe gprs)

Facebook average download time (20-30 sec with Globe 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.

Dabr.co.uk log-in page (8.5 sec with smart gprs)

Dabr.co.uk log-in page (8.5 sec with smart gprs)

GLOBE: 15 seconds for dabr.co.uk’s Log-in page.

dabr.co.uk's Log-in page (15 sec w/ globe gprs)

dabr.co.uk's Log-in page (15 sec w/ globe gprs)

SMART: 56.2 seconds for dabr.co.uk‘s home page.

dabr's home page (56.2 sec with smart gprs)

dabr's home page (56.2 sec with smart gprs)

GLOBE: 58.1 seconds for dabr.co.uk’s home page.

dabr home page (58.1 sec with Globe gprs)

dabr home page (58.1 sec with Globe gprs)

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.

Gmail inbox (13.1 sec with Smart gprs)

Gmail inbox (13.1 sec with Smart gprs)

GLOBE: 14.4 seconds to access the Gmail Inbox.

Gmail Inbox (14.4 seconds with globe gprs)

Gmail Inbox (14.4 seconds with globe gprs)

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.

Smart

Smart

Globe

Globe

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.

Email with Picture (3 minutes 28 sec with Smart gprs)

Email with Picture (3 minutes 28 sec with Smart gprs)

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.

Email with Picture (59.1 sec with Globe gprs)

Email with Picture (59.1 sec with 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. =)

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