Keen internet users might already be familiar with speedtest.net, the website that lets you check exactly how fast your internet connection is. Now it’s available as an app too.
The app works over whatever connection your phone can find. Wifi, 3G, Edge; whatever it is, Speed Test can check it out for you.
It works in a similar way to the web version. Having made a connection to a Speed Test server, it does two file transfers: one from the server to your device, and one back in the other direction. Each transfer is timed. Boom: you have your speed.
Usefully, it keeps a record of all your tests. Tap the Results tap to see a chart that lists not just the speed results but also the date and the connection type. If you’re a frequent user of 3G networks and want to compare their performance, you can see at a glance when things were faster and when they were slower.
That’s all there is to it. Speed Test is not a complicated app, but it is a potentially useful one, especially for people who deal with networks for a living and people who travel often and rely on expensive cell data connections. If your data provider has promised you a particular data rate and you suspect you’re not getting it, Speed Test offers the chance to gather the evidence you need to back up your suspicions.
One final nice feature is data export. That chart of test history can be exported as a CSV file and attached to an email message. Tap the spanner-and-screwdriver icon at the top right in the Results page to see this option, which is by far the most convenient way of getting your data out of the app.
Speed Test is free and potentially very useful. Worth grabbing.
- Source App Store