5G is the next generation of mobile connectivity and it brings some serious improvements to the table. However, it also has some serious issues.
No - we're not talking about health concerns or anything like that. Even though various numerous rumors have been mentioned about such things time and time again, nothing like that has ever been proven.
What we're talking about are performance and reliability issues that are exclusive to the 5G band. So, if you're getting ready to reach deep into your pockets for a brand-new 5G device, take a second to read this article and think this over.
5G: The Future Looks Like One Big Past
As we mentioned above, 5G is the future of mobile network connectivity. It offers extremely low latency and insane speeds.
In fact, Linus from Linus Tech Tips recently gave it a go and saw speeds of almost 1 Gbit per second. And in theory, we should be able to reach higher speeds as well.
These kind of speeds are tens or even hundreds of times faster than what most of us have at our home. And that's obviously great. But, at the same time, let us not forget about the downsides.
If you watch the video all the way to the end, you'll see that even the most minor obstacles can completely block your signal. And we're not talking about getting far away from the tower.
Simply using your body as an obstacle will give you at least a 30% decrease in speeds while moving behind something as minor as an umbrella will completely block the signal.
And let us not forget about data caps. Sure - some of you are fortunate enough to get unlimited data or even tens of gigabytes for nothing. But, at the same time, many of us are forced to pay ridiculous prices just to get a couple of gigabytes!
So, if we're going to run out of data in a second or two, then what's the point in attaining these crazy high speeds in the first place? What's the point if we can't take advantage of the technology?
Chances are that the professionals will eventually manage to find workarounds across these issues and anything else that we may have missed. But, do keep in mind that this could take months or years.
We're not trying to play the devil's advocate here. 5G is not a bad piece of technology.
In fact, we'd say that it has insane potential. It's just that it can definitely not live up to at yet.
And we understand that it was mainly designed for smart devices and to keep everything connected (4G is plenty enough for most tasks anyway), but it would be great if us, casual users and pros alike could use them with our smartphones as well!
That day may eventually come. But it's not here yet.
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