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Verizon iPhone 4 Early Review Roundup

Written on February 06, 2011 by Charles Bass

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Overall, the reviews showed that the Verizon iPhone 4 has its own pros and cons. Whichever carrier you choose, it all boils down to what features and services suit your needs. It is just that at the moment, Verizon iPhone 4 is hot in the eye of the public.

The much-awaited and controversial has now landed on selected stores. But right before you hit the “BUY” button, we suggests you read what tech sites have to say about this version of 4. To help you out, we’re rounding up these reviews.

Wired’s Brian X. Chen said:

Now I really know what “network congestion” means. Switching from an AT&T iPhone to a is like finally being able to breathe clearly after years of battling allergies. People can hear you better, and you can hear them better. It’s that simple. That’s the key reason so many people have clung to Verizon while resisting the shiny allure of the iPhone.

As we all suspected would be the case, the iPhone is a better phone on Verizon than it is on AT&T. It is not, however, a superior media-consumption device.

SlashGear’s Vincent Nguyen shares his views:

As with any mobile device, I’d always recommend buying a handset because it does what you need it to today, not because of what’s believed to be coming later. It’s the nature of the industry that today’s new handsets are superseded tomorrow; there’s no global “right time” to buy a device. If, like many on the SlashGear team – and many thousands of other would-be users – the iPhone 4′s functionality caters to your needs, but the AT&T network doesn’t, then the Verizon version addresses that.

Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg points out:

Bottom line: In my tests, the new Verizon version of the iPhone did much better at voice calling than the AT&T version, and offers some attractive benefits, like unlimited data and a wireless hot-spot capability. But if you really care about data speed, or travel overseas, and AT&T service is tolerable in your area, you may want to stick with AT&T.

USA Today’s Edward C. Baig gave some praises:

A winning outcome is a slam-dunk as far as I’m concerned, at least based on my six days of testing a Verizon iPhone in New York City and Northern New Jersey. Though not every call was crystal clear – this is a cellphone, after all – I haven’t experienced any of the dropped calls, so far anyway, or other frustrating hiccups during my tests that have been driving some owners of the AT&T iPhone bonkers during the 3½ years that the carrier has had iPhone exclusivity in the U.S.

TechCrunch’s MG Siegler pointed out things to ponder on:

This Verizon version of the iPhone 4 seems to have none of the same antenna issues. Try as I might, using the “death grip” and every other grip I can actually do, I can no longer reproduce the same attenuation problem that the previous iPhone 4 model had. I death grip the thing, and no bars drop. More importantly, calls don’t drop and data doesn’t stop. Again, won’t comment, but problem, apparently, solved.

The New York Times’ David Pogue quotes:

Even if Verizon’s network is the best in America, its policies and prices are still among the worst.

Consider, too, that if surveys are any indication, Verizon can expect an enormous stampede of new iPhone customers. Last time this happened – to AT&T – the weight of all those bandwidth-sucking iPhones swamped the network, causing interruptions that persist to this day. The same thing might happen to Verizon.

Verizon swears that it’s prepared for the onslaught. Then again, that’s what AT&T said, too.

Remember, too, that so far, Apple has released a new iPhone model every July. Apple won’t say if there will be an iPhone 5 for Verizon this summer. (“Let’s put it this way: We’re not stupid,” is all an Apple rep would say.) But if it does, and you buy an iPhone 4 now, you’ll be stuck with an outdated phone in only five months.

MacWorld’s Jason Snell reminded people things about the network carriers:

With the hardware and the software out of the way, what remains is perhaps the biggest issue of all: the fact that this iPhone uses Verizon’s network, rather than AT&T’s. AT&T has certainly been widely criticized for its service and reliability issues over the last three-and-a-half years that it’s been the iPhone’s only service provider in the U.S.

But judging cellular carriers is a lot like real estate: it’s all about location, location, location. There’s no way for this review to tell you which carrier is better, because it will vary based on who you are and where you roam. A couple of our Macworld editors live in places with no AT&T signal but strong Verizon coverage; for them, moving to Verizon makes a lot of sense. Turns out I’m in the exact opposite situation: I get a fairly strong AT&T signal in my house, and data moves at fast 3G speeds. Meanwhile, I get one bar on Verizon, with no access to either 3G or even 2G data. The only way to truly judge which carrier is right for you is to talk to acquaintances who have experiences with either carrier and find out how the coverage is in the places you’re most likely to use your phone.

Bloomberg’s Rich Jaroslovsky gave some excited notes on the matter:

The Verizon phone offers one useful new feature called Personal Hotspot, which for an extra monthly fee allows you to share the iPhone’s data connection via Wi-Fi with up to five other devices. It’s simpler and more flexible than the so-called tethering function on AT&T iPhones, and I found it to work well with a variety of , including laptops and an . When other products are sharing the connection, you’ll see a message on the iPhone screen; when they are done using the phone to get online, the Personal Hotspot shuts down to conserve battery life.

Gadg’s Verdict:

Overall, the reviews showed that the Verizon iPhone 4 has its own pros and cons. Whichever carrier you choose, it all boils down to what features and services suit your needs. It is just that at the moment, Verizon iPhone 4 is hot in the eye of the public.

Tune in for some hands-on review soon.


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