This week I’ve learned first hand how much of a difference supported LTE bands can make between two internet connected devices. I’ve had an iPad Mini for a long time and use it quite often through USB tethering to give me connectivity for my MacBook Air.
Earlier this year I bought a OnePlus One – a superb Android phone. It was less than 300 euros and holds pretty superior specifications and technology, given how low cost it was. I’m really happy with the phone, but have realised when travelling outside the urban centers that it doesn’t quite well keep connectivity through LTE and keeps dropping to H+ or 3G.
On the other hand, the iPad Mini keeps perfect LTE connectivity and this led me to dig deeper why so. My iPad is model A1490 and it supports the following bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25 and 26. OnePlus One on the other hand supports “only” 1, 3, 4, 7, 17, 38 and 40.
I’m not an expert in radio technologies and how they enable internet connectivity. However, I believe the lack of bands does make a difference especially when outside of the larger cities. Pity, because the OnePlus One is a really good phone otherwise.