Three Years after the First 5G Phone Arrived in Europe, The Technology has yet to Prove Its Worth

Three Years after the First 5G Phone Arrived in Europe, The Technology has yet to Prove Its Worth

The first 5G phone was debuted in Europe three years ago, and subsequent devices have garnered mixed reviews. 5G was supposed to be a game-changer in mobile technology, but years of Covid and lockdown have hindered it.

The Oppo Reno 5G arrived in Switzerland on May 1st, 2019. Because it was one of the first to obtain 5G networks earlier this year, the country became an early battleground for 5G phone companies.



Although the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and a mod for the Moto Z4 won the race for the top spot on other continents, Oppo defeated Huawei and Xiaomi, which unveiled their first 5G phones practically the next day.

Oppo wasn't as immense power in Europe at the time as it is now, so the victory was unexpected. With the Oppo Find X5 Pro, the OnePlus merger, and big-ticket sponsorships like Wimbledon, it's easy to forget that 2019 was a relatively fresh-faced year.

One thing was evident from the vast European launch, subsequent 5G phone releases, and 5G network roll-outs throughout 2019, and that is that 5G is the future. However, after three years of using next-generation connection technology in multiple phones, We're not sure it is.

What is The Benefit of 5G Technology?

5G has two main selling points: it promises faster speeds and a more dependable connection than 4G - all in principle, of course, these aspects will be heavily influenced by your network and location.

The advantages of a more steady connection, on the other hand, include the ability to download apps, movies, or music on the go, as well as play online mobile games while out and about.

Of course, depending on your location, all of this is available with 4G, but there's more. Several 5G network launches noted that 4G initially appeared to be useless but that developers were learning how to exploit the technology effectively after several years of use. As a result, apps like Instagram and Uber could not function appropriately on 3G.



So, in 2019, 5G had a bright future ahead of it, and we were looking forward to all the improvements that would be coming to smartphones in the future. However, it is now the future, and we are still waiting.

5G is Still a Work in Progress.

Since the technology arrived in 2019, we've been utilizing 5G phones to test various functions on various networks in multiple countries using multiple mobile devices. When someone inquired if they required a 5G phone, We had to be honest and say "no."

Sure, it was cool to be able to download an episode of a TV show on my way to the Tube, but we never watch TV on the subway, so it was a pointless feature. Sure, making a video call while out and about was quick and easy, but We don't want to bother other people with my calls, so we'll reserve them for when we get home.

Furthermore, those functions have worked flawlessly over 4G. In fact, in certain areas where We've tested phones, 4G has outperformed 5G. There aren't any killer apps for 5G yet, and we are still waiting for something that isn't possible with 4G.

Naturally, the epidemic has harmed 5G. It was supposed to make connecting to the internet on the go more straightforward, but after a couple of years of staying at home, it's no longer necessary.

Furthermore, user habits have changed; the trend toward working from home and spending more time indoors has resulted in a resurgence of tablet use and an increase in fitness technology, making 5G a secondary concern for many.

It's also worth noting that 5G modems in phones drain a lot of battery power and are pricey, which raises the price of 5G gadgets.



Hopefully, apps and software will emerge in the future that will make 5G a critical technology - we mentioned this in 2019, but three years wasn't enough time. Tech doesn't progress as quickly as its most incredible fans and companies would have you believe – and buying a 5G phone in 2022 will still be optional.

What It Took to Get 5G Up and Running

Verizon's 5G network is still in the early stages of deployment. The network is now only available in Chicago, Illinois, and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Even though Chicago and Minneapolis are both large cities, the availability of 5G in each is currently limited.

The 5G network now serves only a few Chicago wards, and Verizon has yet to produce a coverage map for customers to view.

Magnificent Mile (mainly the Verizon store), Gold Coast, Old Town, River North, and portions of the South Loop and West Loop are among the densely populated regions of Chicago. Downtown West, Downtown East, Elliot Park, and the Verizon Store at the Mall of America are all 5G service locations in Minneapolis.

Aside from the hands-on at the Verizon Store on the Magnificent Mile, where the launch event took place, we knew getting to sample 5G in the wild would be difficult.

We needed the Moto Z3, the 5G Moto Mod, a Verizon unlimited data plan, and a $10 5G service fee (which is currently waived) on top of the data plan to access the 5G network. The hardware costs $749 in the store (without choosing a contract with savings), and the service will cost around $100 per month.

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