Location: Alameda/Oakland, CA (San Francisco Bay Area)
on my way to work and during breaks, the phone jumps between E and 3G. and i have to say: its on 3G about 40% of the time with 3+ bars and when that happens, pages load quick, my Loopt works quick, downloading apps on 3G is quick and everything else is what its supposed to be. i speed tested in a low 3G area and was at least constantly hitting ~250kbps (and remember, thats when its not fullly barred)
i say im pretty satisfied with 3G speeds, just not its coverage. (i would have edge at my desk, but at the receptionist's desk, theres 3G)
my only hopes are that AT&T turning up knob of the 3G signal and putting up more towers with 3G.
I find the iPhonetest site is not that good. So I always have used DSL Reports on my PPC phones and now on my iPhone. I got about 700+ with 3 bars here in Miami,Fl. I took a screen shot so I will post it once I'm on my computer.
i'm getting around 600 on 3g and less than 200 on EDGE consistently.
tamakin, it looks like you keep reaching for reasons to justify not buying the 3g. I know I can load pages such as ESPN.com and they appear almost instantly, whereas in the past I could wait up to a minute or more with my v1. If you've ever had a 3g phone, which I've had many, you will be pretty dissatisfied with an EDGE phone. Other benefits are simultaneous data + voice connections, where when you are browsing the web you will not miss calls. This is not possible on the v1 EDGE iPhone. Sure you can complain about the warmer display. I can tell a bit of a difference, but it still looks better than any other phone on the market. If you aren't looking at them side by side I do not think it would bother you a bit.
Its your prerogative to stay with the v1, but don't be so quick to just dismiss the 3g iPhone in every single thread like you've been doing. The added benefit of 3g alone makes it worth it for most people who are in well covered 3g areas. And the GPS is more amazing than just about any other phone I've ever had, including the Nokia N95. Once a true nav program is available through the app store, it will almost be a replacement for a standalone GPS unit, although I won't use it as such for daily use.
Actually, iNetworkTest native app works with kiloBYTES and the web version works with kiloBITS.
So, 67.580 KB/sec = 675.80 kb/sec (notice the BIG "KB" and little "kb). So your speed is better than most. And it appears you should be concerned about your Wi-Fi speed since I get in the range of 900 kb/sec.
Testing with the native iNetwork Test app and the web version at home, I would get 3G iPhone speeds in the range of 400 kb/sec.
But, I just tested my 3G speed at work and I got 725.16 kb/sec! I gotta test my speed at home after work.