May 27, 2010

Test Your Android Phone’s Internet Connection With the SpeedTest.net App

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Written by: chinmoy
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Speedtest.net is the global authority in Internet speed testing. This utility lets us estimate our Internet connection’s latency, upload and download speed and gives near-accurate results. To use this utility, all you need to do is visit their homepage www.speedtest.net.

However, if you are using an Android and wish to benchmark your Internet speed, you can use the official speedtest.net Android app. To start with, download the app from the Android Market. The app goes by the name of “Speedtest.net Speed Test”. It is an official app developed by Ookla, the company behind speedtest.net.

This app includes options to test transfers with the nearest server. Ookla, the company behind speedtest.net claims that every Internet user in the world is within 300 miles of a speedteset.net server. That makes their results accurate and ideal for usage tracking by ISPs.

You can run a test by simply clicking on the test button. The app shows a widget with a clock meter which displays the test progress in live. On completion, it gives us the ping time, download speed, upload speed and the server on which the tests were made.

It also has a tab where you can see the last nine test and their results. Clicking on any history of a test reveals even more details on the data and time including the speed results and network information on that test.

Options include changing the speed metrics form kbps to mbps and KB/s. We can also see the current latitude and longitude. It feels good to see how much of data this app packs into its clean user interface.


This is the best app to measure your internet speed. It is not benchmarking software for your phone. It simply benchmarks your network access and thus, is a much better marker of Internet speed. This app is going to stay on my HTC Legend for a long time now.

About the Author

Chinmoy Kanjilal is a tech blogger with a deep insight and love for FOSS. He writes at techie-buzz.com and lostintechnology.com. He owns an HTC Legend as his first Android device and at Androidedge, he will explore the endless possibilities of the Android OS. Drop him a mail at chinmmoy@techarraz.com and follow him on Twitter at @ckandroid.


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