New iPad Speed Tests: AT&T vs. Verizon 4G LTE

The new iPad went on sale today, and for the first time, you can buy a 4G LTE iPad.

Verizon and AT&T both have 4G LTE iPad models available today, with the only difference being which 4G LTE network you can connect to.

This means that many of you want to know which network is faster, AT&T 4G LTE or Verizon 4G LTE?

We picked up two new iPads, one on AT&T and one on Verizon so you can see a number of New iPad 4G LTE speed tests.

(Read: Which iPad 4G LTE Plan is Best for Me?)


In the video below Xavier Lanier performs several speed tests to help you decide which one to buy. In addition to the standard app, Xavier downloads music from iTunes to provide a look at which is faster.

As you can see in the speed test video, both AT&T 4G LTE and Verizon 4G LTE networks are fast. Here are the first new iPad 4G LTE speed test results.

New iPad 4G LTE SPeed Test AT&T vs VerizonAT&T new iPad 4G LTE Speed Tests:

  • 18.85 Mbps Down, 26.08 Mbps Up
  • 20.31 Mbps Down, 28.54 Mbps Up

Verizon new iPad 4G LTE Speed Tests:

  • 30.53 Mbps Down, 16.76 Mbps Up
  • 27.84Mbps Down, 15.56 Mbps Up

Additionally, the real world speed test, where Xavier downloads the album from Slumdog Millionaire from iTunes. In this real world test, both AT&T and Verizon delivered blazing fast speeds. In fact, there wasn’t much difference in the time to download a full album to each iPad.

(Read: New iPad: AT&T 4G LTE vs. Verizon 4G LTE)

If you’re considering a new iPad with 4G LTE, the biggest reason will be which carrier has the best coverage in your area. Verizon has a more mature 4G LTE network that covers 200 million people, while AT&T covers only 74 million. Check our the post above for a detailed comparison. The best pick will vary depending on your location and where you frequently travel.