[Photo Credit: SpeedTest.Net]
Ookla, the company known for the famous SpeedTest.Net app, upgraded its magnificent web application to 3.0 yesterday. The SpeedTest.Net app is useful to check your upload and download speeds (in either Kbps or Mbps) on various servers within 250 miles of your current location.
There are a number of noticeable differences with regard to the new SpeedTest.Net app and the old one (SpeedTest 2.0). First, the icons are different: the 3.0 upgrade provides you with a Roman look to the speedometer, while the 2.0 web app provides a speedometer for its symbol (with little points of measurement present on the icon as if you were looking at a real speedometer). When you open apps 2.0 and 3.0, you will notice that the backgrounds are different. While web app 2.0 has a grayish/blackish background, web app 3.0 has a blue background with an interesting wave pattern beneath the “begin test” button. If you look at the bottom of the entrance page for web apps 2.0 and 3.0, you will notice that there are four controls. In contrast to the SpeedTest 2.0 app, the “results” and “settings” controls have changed places (results and settings are in the reverse order in 3.0 than they were in 2.0). When you select one of the bottom controls in 3.0, the control gains a green, neon color; in web app 2.0, the color turns from gray to white when you press one of the four bottom controls. The “begin test” button in web app 3.0 is gold, while the same button in SpeedTest 2.0 has a neon blue look with a gray box around it (there is no box for the gold button in SpeedTest 3.0).
When you start the speed test, you will notice that the speedometer in SpeedTest 3.0 has more of a 3-D look and feel than it does in SpeedTest 2.0. Another noticeable difference comes after the speedtest is performed: whereas there is no share feature in SpeedTest 2.0, there is a share feature in SpeedTest 3.0 — immediately below the “ping” test result. While SpeedTest 2.0 has a “restart test” beneath its results, SpeedTest 3.0 has both a “restart test” and “remove ads” selection. I pressed the “remove ads” button to get rid of the ads at the bottom of my screen, and the app asks you whether or not you want to pay $0.99 to remove ads. The ninety-nine-cent fee is one-time only and permanent.
In addition to an improved look, the SpeedTest 3.0 app now has iPhone 5 support. The app needed an update simply to accommodate the new iPhone 5 screen (which is half an inch taller than the iPhone 4S screen). Whenever the iPhone screen size increases, app developers must increase their app’s screen size in order to support the new screen. Ookla did an excellent job here as well.
Other improvements to the SpeedTest.Net app include improved server selection. I didn’t notice an improvement in server selection, but the selection found on SpeedTest 2.0 is excellent (at least for me). I can select servers that are up to 600 miles away from my current location. You may have better fortune in your server selection than I, but I’m rather satisfied with the server choices I have.
The Ookla SpeedTest.Net app receives an exciting makeover in its 3.0 update — and I for one am impressed with the new changes. Don’t you think it’s time to give your iPhone a new speed test?