CHIP Net test: How crisis-proof are Germany's mobile networks?
The year 2020 was also a test for the German mobile networks. The introduction of 5G, stricter conditions imposed by the Federal Network Agency and the pandemic did not make things easy for network providers. Together with its partner NET CHECK, CHIP has been investigating the particular dynamics of this year and the effects on mobile networks in Germany. The conclusion of this year's major network test is that all three mobile networks have made a big leap compared to the previous year.
Testing in exceptional situations: The CHIP test center in remote work
The test center is the heart of CHIP. On more than 250 square meters, our experts normally put products of all kinds through their paces. Everywhere on the test area are TVs, laptops, e-scooters, grills and a wide variety of smart devices - but how are they tested in times of corona and remote work?
CHIP crowns Switzerland's best mobile network
Even in difficult times, the Swiss remain ahead in mobile telephony and have the best mobile phone networks in the DACH region. This is reflected in the results of the extensive test conducted by CHIP and NET CHECK. In 2020 the race was particularly close: Swisscom triumphs ahead of Sunrise and Salt.
CHIP determines the most reliable Internet provider
As a consumer expert, CHIP has for the first time evaluated the data speed of German Internet providers. It was examined whether the providers actually deliver the data rates promised in advertising and product information sheets to the user. The test method is based thereby on genuine data of consumers, who were asked in the context of the CHIP Speedtests. Thus the most reliable provider could be determined.
Extreme folding test: CHIP assesses the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
With the Galaxy Z Flip, Samsung has launched a new folding smartphone. The company has learned from the mistakes of the predecessor model, the Galaxy Fold. Among other improvements, the Galaxy Z Flip is now even more robust. We carefully assessed the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip in CHIP's test center. Our home-made Lego folding machine was deployed for the second time.
Millions of users help testing
In CHIP's tenth mobile network test, 2.6 billion user data were included for the first time in order to assess network quality and coverage. The experts covered more than 10,000 kilometers with test cars and on foot through Germany and evaluated smartphone data from more than 2 million users. The result: Deutsche Telekom is ahead by a nose - whether 4G, 3G or 2G.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold in the CHIP Endurance Test
Using custom-developed equipment, CHIP checked the world's first folding cell phone in its in-house test center. The result of the assessment was a surprise: the bendable display survives the 200,000 bending processes promised by the manufacturer Samsung without damage, but the hinge reveals audible signs of wear.
CHIP 365 advises consumers
We would like to introduce you to CHIP 365, the new brand from CHIP. For each product and each of the 365 days of the year, CHIP publishes independent test reports and expert tips in the newly created consumer area – even for products without digital or technical reference.
CHIP tests mowing robots
Easy to use and good for the environment: with the use of precise sensor technology, mowing robots help to create a hard-wearing and species-rich meadow. They mulch, cut and fertilize the lawn at the same time. CHIP tested seven devices ranging from 650 euros to 2,137 euros. Two candidates achieved very good results.
Flower delivery services under the microscope
A few lesser known online florists are leaving discounters and market leaders behind, according to a new market study conducted by CHIP’s test center. Blumeldeal claims first place by a narrow margin, gaining a very good grade of 1.4 on the German school grade scale (1=very good, 6=deficient). The test winner, as well as second-placed Valentins (likewise 1.4), FloraQueen (1.6) and Bloom&Wild (1.9), benefit from the freshness and longevity of their flower bouquets.
The test results are in: Switzerland has DACH’s best network
Swisscom and Sunrise are setting standards for mobile networks in Germany and Austria. This is shown by the current CHIP network test, which the experts of the technology magazine and consumer portal have again carried out with their partner NET CHECK. The cross-national comparison proves that the Swiss networks are convincing in terms of their high reliability for telephoning and surfing the mobile web.
Network test Austria: T-Mobile at the top
Traditionally, Austria's mobile networks are fast, well developed and inexpensive. Since 2018, all network operators have improved noticeably once again. This is confirmed by the network test conducted by CHIP together with the experts from NET CHECK.
Network test 2018: O2 catches up
O2 is slowly but surely becoming a serious alternative to Telekom and Vodafone: In 2018, CHIP and its partner NET CHECK will once again put the quality of German network operators under the microscope. The measurements were carried out by four teams - two of them travelled by car, the other two completed the test on foot and by train.
CHIP takes a deeper look at online banks
Online banking has long become the norm: According to a survey by the opinion research institute GfK, one in two Germans is committed to online banking. For the 2018 Online Bank Test, CHIP examined the service quality of 14 national banks and eight regional institutions.