We’ve been huge fans of the Samsung Galaxy Tab since we attended the official Galaxy Tab launch in Berlin Germany in September. We’ve had experience with all four variants of the Galaxy Tab from Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. We’ve put all three through different speed tests and kept seeing better speed out of the T-Mobile version of the Galaxy Tab when we were in HSPA+ coverage.
During the summer at the T-mobile/Samsung Vibrant launch in New York city we pointed out to then Director of Public Relations, Pete Debrow, that we saw download speeds in New York City in the 7mbps range. This is of course out of the theoretic norms of 3G speed even on T-Mobile. We were informed that although not a device branded for “4G”, in T-Mobile’s case HSPA+, then and today by a T-Mobile spokesperson speaking to thedroidguy.com “T-Mobile’s 4G network is backward compatible with several 3G devices, including more than 15 high-performing smartphones which is likely why you’re seeing a speed boost on the Nexus One”
Two weeks ago we visited a T-Mobile store in Baltimore Maryland which is a T-Mobile HSPA+ market. We had a Verizon and Sprint Galaxy Tab in hand and played with the T-Mobile Galaxy Tab at the store. After confirming wi-fi was off we ran a speed test and saw speeds consistently in the 5-6mbps download range, again not “3G” speeds and way more inline with Sprint’s “4G” speeds.
After our experience with other T-Mobile devices in T-Mobile HSPA+ markets we thought this may be the case and have confirmed through T-Mobile that because of this backwards compatibility “This allows these 3G devices to benefit from a speed boost in areas of 4G coverage”
So while not a 3G device the Samsung Galaxy Tab will perform faster in HSPA+ markets because it is an HSPA 7.2 device. Below is a list of the Android 4G devices and the Android devices with HSPA 7.2
Android Devices with 4G
T-Mobile MyTouch 4G
T-Mobile HTC G2 with Google
Android Devices with HSPA 7.2
T-Mobile MyTouch 3G
Samsung Behold II
Motorola Cliq XT
MyTouch 3G Slide
Samsung Galaxy Tab
LG Optimus T