Test your speed
By Sami Serolaserola. Sunday, November 29, 2009 4:04:04 PM
First thing what you may like to find out is your current speed of your network. For that you need to run the speed test with your built-in browser. Otherwise you get the speed between requested site and proxy. However we may want to find out that as well, but lets start first with the network speed.
Open your phone's built-in browser. Then use Google or your favorite search engine to search for mobile speed test or just 'speed test'. The ideal speed test service is the one that is near to your location. Another problem is to find good service not using Flash interface. You may want to try www.mobilespeedtest.com. Here I used Finnish nopeustesti.tornio24.net, because it's near to me.
Personally I prefer to use GPRS aka GSM, although I have deal for unlimited 386 kbps 3G connection. So, after running the test at nopeustesti.tornio24.net using built-in browser, I got approximately 45 kbps. Remember, it's good idea to run the test for several times to get the average speed. This network speed can vary a lot based on the time of day since there can be many people using the same link station at the same time.
Next we may like to know how fast the J2ME proxy server retrieves the files from Internet. Now we can open for example our favorite Opera Mini browser. Then go to same speed test service and run the test. If the test service give you an option to download very large files, then choose that option. For Opera Mini server I got approximately 30 Mbps. Then I ran the same test on BOLT browser and got 3 Mbps. And why is that? I would say it's because the Opera Mini proxy and nopeustesti.tornio24.net are close to me.
The same test using www.mobilespeedtest.com gave 4.5 Mbps for Opera Mini and 9 Mbps for BOLT. And why is that? It's because both, the BOLT server and www.mobilespeedtest.com are far from my location.
And what we learn from this? I think we should not trust on reviews that claim some J2ME browser is much faster than the other.