Our smartphones and tablets are, for a lot of us, the place where we consume most of our day-to-day content and media. Whether it’s for things like watching Netflix or YouTube, or just to catch up on the news on Reddit, our devices are always connected and ready to go. However, one thing that you might not be aware of is the impact that your connection has on that experience. Connection quality varies greatly, and that’s where it gets kind of confusing, with aspects like latency and bandwidth coming into play. However, today we’ll show you an easy way to test your connection, along with the impact that it has on your apps!
As we said, there are a lot of aspects to consider with your internet connection. While you expect your WiFi, for example, to be more reliable than your 3G or 4G data connection, there is a lot of variance there, and sometimes it isn’t easy to judge what is a good connection and what isn’t, based on single factors like signal strength. However, using today’s app, you’ll be able to get a general assessment of that connection, and the impact it has on your device. The app we’ll be using is called Meteor, which you can download from the Play Store by using this link. Download and install the app, then open it, and you should see this screen:
Proceed ahead, and if you’d like to see data related to your location, give the app the necessary permission. Otherwise, you can deny it, and the app will still work:
The app has a pleasant presentation, and it features a character throughout that gives you various tips as you use it and tells you about some of the features. However, you can always disable it, if you’d like:
After that, the app will ask you to perform a speed test:
During the test, various aspects of your connection will be evaluated and then presented to you at the end in a condensed form.
Now, that’s great and all, but most speed testing apps could provide you with these values. The real neat part comes into play at the bottom “App Performance” section. Here, you can tap on any of the apps and see how they will perform on your connection, with detailed explanations:
For example, on YouTube, the app detected that I might have issues with 1080p content, with a rating from P (Poor) to A (Awesome). On the Spotify example below, it also evaluates various individual aspects of the app, such as downloading a whole album or listening to a single song:
This is the main feature of the app, as it brings you information about particular apps, based on real-life scenarios and not just individual values. When you have the app view open, you can swipe left and right to switch between apps, and you can also add more apps, up to 6 at a time:
The app also gives you some extra information, such as some extra geographical data if you’ve enabled location:
And also keeps your tests for posterity, so that you can compare between various connections, locations, and times of the day, if you’d like:
That’s about it for today’s lesson! As you can see, Meteor is a pretty handy tool that not only does a regular speed test, but also humanizes the results for you, so that you can make sense of them and apply them to your day-to-day app usage. That’s what makes this app different from other speed testing tools out there, and why we recommend it if you can’t make sense of the results with other similar apps. Any questions or doubts? Feel free to let us know in the comment section below!