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Verizon iPhone 4 Tech Review

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Posted February 10, 2011 - By Moye Ishimoto

The Verizon iPhone has finally arrived... and now it's right in the hands of Kevin Pereira and Candace Bailey for a closer look. Find out what Apple has changed and kept the same in their new iPhone for Verizon Wireless, such as the new antenna design, size and more.

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Find the full review from Gadget Pron on Attack of the Show after the cut.

What You Need to Know

  • There really isn't much difference between the Verizon iPhone's design and AT&T’s iPhone design.
  • The Verizon iPhone has the same thin, glass body that we love.
  • The volume buttons and switch on the side have moved down just a hair because of the new antenna.
  • iPhone cases on the market right now won't work with the Verizon iPhone.
  • Sometimes when we used the death grip, we'd lose a bar, but it didn't lose a signal completely like the AT&T iPhone.
  • We just got the iPhone on Monday, and so far, we've had very few issues.
  • We drove to different locations here in Los Angeles and compared the two carriers, there wasn't much difference in signal bars, but we did notice that AT&T fluctuated more.
  • We're also more confident in Verizon than AT&T; it's a fact that they have fewer dropped calls and better coverage.
  • As for AT&T’s claims to have a faster 3G network than Verizon, Verizon seems to come out on top here in Los Angeles, just barely.
  • Download speeds seem to be a little faster on Verizon, while upload speeds are a little faster on AT&T; either way, we found the difference to be small.
  • One feature that's unique to Verizon is that you can now make your iPhone a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to five devices.
  • Starting the hotspot is easy, just turn it on and devices can connect via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB.
  • It's $20 a month for 2 GB of data.
  • Of course, you can't talk and use the 3G connection at the same time on any Verizon phone, which means all your devices will lose the network connection if somebody calls you; it does come right back when you hang up, though.
  • This is one big advantage to having the AT&T iPhone, you can talk and surf on 3G.
  • It should be noted that you can talk and use Wi-Fi at the same time on a Verizon iPhone.
  • Everything else is the same: amazing interface, dual cameras, thousands of apps.

Price

  • $200 with a contract

Overall Rating

  • 4 Seals of Approval Out of 5 (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • The reason it didn’t get 5 Seals of Approval is, Apple will most likely be releasing a 4G iPhone about six months from now, and that should drop the price of this iPhone
  • Also, Verizon's data plan is more expensive than AT&T's at $30 a month for unlimited data versus AT&T's $25 a month for 2 GB or $15 for 200 MB

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