Not too long ago, mobile phone status was inversely proportional to the size of your phone (ie, the smaller your phone, the greater the status). Then the smart phone came along with touch screens and lots of wonderful and powerful applications. And guess what – the screens started to grow again – this time in parallel to the user’s status.

HTC Velocity 4GA lot is going to be written over the next few weeks with regards to the HTC Velocity 4G. I thought I’d concentrate on the thing that impressed me the most – speed.

HTC have used the phrase “we don’t believe in waiting”. Telstra is telling us “Things happen faster with 4G”. I decided to run my own experiment to check the speeds on the HTC Velocity 4G.

My test units were the HTC EVO 3D and the HTC Velocity 4G. I used the free application from on both handsets, having them contact a Melbourne site hosted by Telstra. Speedtest gives three test results – PING, Download and Upload.

The results were so staggering that I had to run them several times to make sure they were accurate/consistent.

The following table shows the results:

Test HTC EVO 3D HTC Velocity 4G
PING 106ms 52ms
Download 4,731kbps 33,191kbps
Upload 652kbps 12,874kbps

So what exactly does this mean?

A Ping is a method of testing a network connection.  It is a handy tool to check if a remote device can be contacted across the network, and what delay there may be in sending and receiving a packet of data. Basically, the delay (or latency) measured in milliseconds, will take into account a packet of data sent from your mobile handset, passing through a series of network gates to get to its destination and return back to your handset.

The Download and Upload test shows the speed of data transfer rate to send and then receive a predetermined file.

In your home, your ADSL or cable internet connection would have a typical latency under 100ms – down to around 25ms as preferred. So you can see at 52ms the HTC Velocity 4G is fast. This still has to be tempered with the fact that there is currently light traffic on the LTE network versus the Next G network.

This is all very good if you want to manage your day in milliseconds and kilobits per second. Thankfully, most of us don’t. To translate this into something tangible and useful, I jumped onto YouTube and watched a couple of items people had posted. The minimum time was 3.0 minutes (no particular reason). The difference between the two devices was impressive. The HTC Velocity 4G started playing the clip “YouTube Dancers” – and it loaded and started playing 10 seconds before the HTC EVO 3D. Most notably was the apparent lack of buffering and the smoothness of the playback. Watching Foxtel on the Velocity was also a great experience. Loading times were greatly improved, as was the continuous play without buffering breaks.

If you use your phone to play games online,  send photographs, download music, send files, or any other daily activity, I think you will appreciate the combination of the LTE (Long Term Evolution) Network and HTC Velocity 4G.

And most important to remember, this is only the beginning of the 4G journey. To find out more about 4G and what it means, visit the Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G information page.

I encourage you to try the HTC Velocity and experience it for yourself.