Hi, this may be a silly question, or it may just be due to how I'm using data, but I keep hearing that LTE and 3G use the same amount of data on the new iPad, it's just that users may be inclined to watch more videos, load more web pages, etc. because it's faster.
So here's my main question: are speed tests different because of the nature of the test? I've speed tested my new Verizon 4G twice now on their 3G and LTE networks. Both times the 3G data test took about 2 Mb. Both times the LTE/4G speed test ate up 10 Mb per test! I only got the 1 Gb plan so now that I've tossed ~25 Mb towards satisfying my curiosity, I won't be doing many more. But I'm curious as to why the LTE is using 5x as much data; is this just because the test itself runs by trying to send as much data as possible as quickly as possible? And if it's nearly 27 times faster, why isn't it using even more data in the test?
I'm using the speedtest.net app. The Verizon LTE is smoking' here in Minneapolis, about 27 Mbs down and 9 Mbs up vs a little over 1 Mbs up and under 1 Mbs down on Verizon 3G. For once I'm glad I have AT&T for my iphone because I usually average 3-5 Mbs on their 3G network. So, I'm sorry if this is an obvious question, but I am curious.
I'm also wondering how it might affect apps like Netflix and Snagfilms or any app that auto-detects and adjusts for your connection. I don't envision myself watching much video on LTE, but what about video clips in apps like News360?
Thanks to anyone who as info or real-world experience with this.
p.s. So far I've had no wifi, LTE or 3G connection issues with my new iPad, although I haven't tried it in a weak signal area yet.