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3G & YouTube - vs. - WiFi & YouTube

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by messenger13, Dec 24, 2009.

  1. messenger13

    messenger13 Well-Known Member
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    When I'm at home, my WiFi speed is typically almost 3m DOWN and 700k UP. (Lame compared to my speeds at work :eek: ) While my 3G is typically about HALF of those speeds. But here's where my confusion sets in. When I watch a YouTube video with the stock YouTube app, videos buffer faster and/or play MUCH better when using 3G. :thinking: What's your experience? I'm wondering if the 3G connection is utilizing some kind of compression that allows this?
     

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  2. vincentp

    vincentp Well-Known Member
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    When you're on WiFi the YouTube app defaults videos to high quality. Could be why it takes longer to buffer or play.
     
  3. TheNorthernForest

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    Yes, 3G loads a lot faster than WiFI, however compression is the reason why, thus resulting in lower quality videos.

    But you can always watch the video in High Quality on 3G, I believe,
     
  4. MotoDroidHelpandInfo

    MotoDroidHelpandInfo Well-Known Member
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    From my experience with the Droid wi-fi doesn't seem to be optimized very well. When using the web browser or youtube i don't notice any real speed difference.
     

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