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Apple iPhone 4 browser battle: Verizon vs. AT&T

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Apple iPhone 4 browser battle: Verizon vs. AT&T
Now that both Verizon and AT&T will be offering basically the same phone (not including Verizon's mobile hotspot and the usual GSM/CDMA internal differences) the question is, which network do you want the device to be on? We all know that over the years when AT&T had exclusivity on the unit, there were complaints of dropped and missed calls and sluggish AT&T data speeds. There are many AT&T customers who have been waiting a long time to move their iPhone over to Verizon, which is generally regarded as having a more stable 3G network.

But what about a real life test? Suppose a feature of the phone that evereyone uses-say, the browser, is called upon to render a fairly grapahically heavy site. We could see whether it is AT&T or Verizon that gets the data through its pipelines to the phone faster. The gold standard for browser function used to be the desktop version of the New York Times web page, so that will be the site that those conducting the test will use.

AT&T vs. Verizon. Everyone have their bets down? Now click on the video to see the result of this test. Keep in mind that this is just one test and we are looking forward to receiving our review unit of the Verizon iPhone 4 so that we can put both versions of the handset and the two networks through the paces.

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posted on 13 Jan 2011, 08:05 1

1. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)


I would also like to see several speed test apps used. There are a few in the app store and I think that would show some raw numbers. Also, they need to consider that there aren't several thousand iPhone users on Verizon, yet. Give it a few months and when the data traffic increases I predict some cities will have different results.

And don't tell me about all the Android users. I know from having a Droid and iPhone that iPhone is much easier to clock data. Up until now all iPhone users were on one network which caused strain. Now Verizon will have more traffic and AT&T will likely free up some bandwidth.

posted on 13 Jan 2011, 10:59 6

6. stilt (Posts: 63; Member since: 13 Jul 2008)


yep im gonna say it people are dogging the data on all the droid device on vzw, and everything is "A" okay and will still be and now that we are getting the new LTE network and data will be even faster and can maintain massive comsumption of data will be even better cause vzw is the only company that growing FAST and bettering itself monthly not every so often to never like cingular/at&t and the other companies.

and the iphone cant pull up flash websites which comsumes more data and the androids can i go to abc.com and watch full episodes, movies streaming over the internet, vcast videos, and nfl mobile and watch live football games "GO STEELERS" with no problems at all, iphone will be no different and i think android is killing iphone anyway, and does Waaaaaayy more than iphone, flash, expandable memory( up to 32gb so far), great camera, new versions will now have the front facing camera, have models that can go global (and with the new lte network on verizon everything will be able to go global), faster than iphone, swyped (best input method ever), replacable battery if needed, fully customizable, hd output ( on some models that is), tons of free apps (yeah they may have advertising on them but hey it free for the most part), and there are plenty android devices to choose from not just one look or flavor like the iphone. hands down droid has overtook iphone in everyway, iphone just still has the "HYPE" that everyone is riding its just a veteran that why everyone is still on the bandwagon.

posted on 13 Jan 2011, 18:45 1

23. E.N. (Posts: 2338; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Well it kind of seems like you're combining all the characteristics of all the different android phones into one. The only real pro to android you wrote is flash and customizing.

iphone has 32gb of memory (more than enough), phone reviewers say it has either the best or one of the best cameras and video cameras even with 5megapixels, iphone already has a front facing camera, iphone can already go global, there are a few newer Android phones that are faster than iphone but even still the UI and web browser is still choppy, most people don't even use an extra battery, there are accessories that allow you hd out, iphone apps may not be mostly free, but they are tons better, etc etc.

Just remember that Android is not a phone. Everyone talks about Android like its a single phone that's on AT&T, Verizon, T-mobile, and sprint all at the same time with a 4.3 screens, high resolution display, keyboard included, expandable memory, 8 megapixel camera, amazing hd quality, etc. Android is not a phone people! Stop combining 50 phones into 1.

posted on 14 Jan 2011, 14:51

28. dpullen81 (Posts: 13; Member since: 31 Dec 2010)


evo - 4.3 display , 4x faster web , flash , hdmi etc
droid x - 4.3 display , 4 x faster web , flash , hdmi etc
incredible - 4x faster web, flash ,hdmi capable etc


do i need to keep going? you r just an iphone fan thats all READ THE REVIEWS PEOPLE

posted on 14 Jan 2011, 16:11

31. stilt (Posts: 63; Member since: 13 Jul 2008)


people will never enjoy or be satisfied with anything, why are any of use even talking about what steve, and ivan, schmo, and jkahdfkljhf h are doing with there products we arent profile at all money wise so just enjoy whatever you want to spend your money on cause all we are doing is making these rich ass rich people richer, and paying phone companies and manufacturers more and more money then argue about the products like what we even say matters, SMDHAU "Shaking My Damn Head At Us"

posted on 13 Jan 2011, 09:18 2

2. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)


I've had Verizon beat AT&T and sometimes it's the opposite, so it really depends on the area you're in and how many people are using the network.

posted on 13 Jan 2011, 09:19 5

3. ? (unregistered)


i agree that it will free up more bandwidth on At&t since there will be a fairly amount of customers going to VZW which will relieve a good bit of strain on the GSM network. my thing is that there was already a report showing that droid users on VZW are consuming/using more data than iPhone users overall and at that time, VZW CDMA network was able to handle the traffic and still is (report came out in 2010). so even though this test is an early one, it was a good test. it does show that VZW is a more reliable network and with faster data speeds just with the existing system. VZW stated that it will still be powering up the 3G network even more. time will tell but i think that VZW is much more prepared then At&t ever was. should have minimal issues, best guess. also, there are several Android apps that clock speeds. i am not an iPhone basher or an Android fanboy, both are great models for the future of the industry. to be honest, i was kind of expecting to see At&t win that test. especially in NY where there are tons of users on both sides. just a comment

posted on 13 Jan 2011, 10:10 1

5. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)


I'm not disagreeing with you in any way, but I want to give more detail why I said the iPhone pushes more data. When I was on Verizon with a Droid I stayed on 3G most of the time. Majority of downloads, steams, app updates, etc was on 3G. It was a challenge to get to 1.5 GB. I had unlimited data so I didn't care to use 3G. Doing basically same, probably more, I have easily got to 1.6GB. I'd say things like video calls via Skype and more data hungry apps had a hand in it.

So with that said, I predict Verizon will in fact deal with a new chapter of data traffic. They may do fine but it's still a network built by humans. Anything made by man is capable of failing. I hope Verizon does well but it's just a communication company.

posted on 13 Jan 2011, 12:04 2

9. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


yeah! what was Verizon thinking bringing the iPhone to that man-made network of theirs!? they aren't ready i tell you! they need some quality work done by the keebler elves that made AT&T ready!

there were more early adopters to the Android Platform on Verizon than any other carrier this last year and a more diverse selection of Android phones were launched on Verizon through out the year and only one iPhone launch on AT&T in the summer and of course these early adopters use more data than the more mature iPhone community on AT&T and there's not only iPhone users on AT&T anyway there's Android, RIM and a new Windows OS that have their share on the strain too and i'm sure the iPhone on Verizon will slow Android's progress on Verizon too so that'll help.

posted on 13 Jan 2011, 09:30 2

4. ATT Call Center (unregistered)


I feel sorry for all of those people buying or upgrading to any phone within the next month or so. It's sad to see these people buying the iPhone only to have the newest technologies coming out very soon. Anyone upgrading to a 3G device may have the latest and greatest for another month and a half...uninformed people :/

posted on 13 Jan 2011, 12:23 3

12. XxVerbalxX (unregistered)


there will always b a new awesome phone that comes out a few months after a consumer buys one. people need to focus on WHEN not WHAT when they buy. if its the best right now, wait a month and it wont b. if you always wait for the best you will never a get a phone.

posted on 13 Jan 2011, 12:45

14. shellnick2003 (Posts: 17; Member since: 23 Jun 2010)


I wouldn't call those people uninformed just b/c they upgrade to a 3G phone. Think about it...VZ is more than likely going to raise the prices for 4G coverage and have data caps. I currently have a promotion of unlimited data on my family plan for a year. It makes my bill much cheaper. As someone who as never owned a smartphone, almost any phone, iphone or android, is going to be better than my craptastic Envy Touch.

In any case, people only have the latest and greatest for, what, 3 months? Then something even better comes out. If I need a new phone now, I'm going to buy the phone that best suits my needs at the time. Otherwise, you would just be striving after the wind...

posted on 13 Jan 2011, 14:14 2

17. VZW Rep (unregistered)


I see where he's coming from actually. LTE is not incrementally better, it's SIGNIFICANTLY better, for several reasons. Yeah the 3G smartphone you bought last year might only have been top of the line for 3 months, but really, how MUCH better? Nicer camera, maybe, or slightly faster processor? In the end the data speed, which is pretty much what makes a smartphone worth the investment in the first place, is the same, so how much better is the next 3G phone in line, really?

On the other hand, the leap to LTE is a SIGNIFICANT step forward, enough that I do think (as a consumer) it is kinda stupid to invest in a technology that's going to be supplanted with speeds 5+ times faster a month later. As for the data pricing, it could and probably will change, but if you're buying a phone wouldn't you just wait the extra month to be certain before investing in what's going to be a very outdated phone in terms of data speed if it doesn't?

The fact is, the people lining up on day one to get this phone from us would buy a dinner plate from Apple if they called them iPlates. As a tech guy it annoys the hell out of me. As a sales rep on the other hand? Bring em on- I'll educate customers all day long if they ask questions, but if someone is going to blindly buy this phone I'm certainly not going to stop them.

posted on 14 Jan 2011, 14:57

29. dpullen81 (Posts: 13; Member since: 31 Dec 2010)


well said sir... well said !!!

posted on 13 Jan 2011, 11:56 2

7. Hallucinator (Posts: 344; Member since: 24 May 2010)


Or they know that 4g/LTE won't be available in their area for quite some time so it doesnt really matter at this point.

posted on 13 Jan 2011, 12:02

8. jd829 (Posts: 155; Member since: 24 Feb 2010)


Can we try this test again and actually hit "go" on both devices at the same time?

posted on 13 Jan 2011, 12:07

10. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


yeah! gotta get that half a second margin of error into account!
seriously though, whatever the conditions were in THAT test, the AT&T iPhone could've had a head start and the Verizon one would've still won.

posted on 13 Jan 2011, 16:58

21. LionStone (Posts: 452; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


hehe, yea AT&T had a head start... lol

posted on 13 Jan 2011, 12:21

11. Whateverman (Posts: 3225; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Go VZW!!! I would like to see more locations tested because speeds can vary given your location and traffic but make no mistake this is a real world test. This wasn't done in some test lab. So all the "We'll see what happens when there are x amount of iPhones on Verizon" comments are just a load of bull! Data is data, no matter if it's thousands of iPhones or Droids. The Droids showed us what happens when you introduce a data hog on VZW's network. It hums!!!

posted on 13 Jan 2011, 12:40 1

13. hawk62 (Posts: 320; Member since: 21 Nov 2009)


The test was at the vz lauch. Who do u think was going to win! Come on. Go sit in central park or miami beach or somewhere in the real world

posted on 13 Jan 2011, 13:22 1

15. Whateverman (Posts: 3225; Member since: 17 May 2009)


And all the excuses continue to pour in! ATT loss because it's slower where they are, period. My friend here in Chicago was pretty disappointed when my Droid X beat the snot out of her iPhone! I could be wrong but my guess is it wouldn't be much different in Central Park or Miami Beach.

posted on 13 Jan 2011, 14:13 1

16. DOGIEFRESH (Posts: 302; Member since: 15 Jul 2009)


Yeahhh right I call that bullshit see how many iphones on AT&T are runing now and how many on VZ.......if VZ is faster than AT&T why they don't say it or advertised simple beacause they don't, with their LTE network is different but with that obsolete CDMA crap they are faster as my grandma with rollerblades simple and end of this shit get over with fanboys go travel outside of Bubba trailer park and see the world and what y'all gonna find in not CDMA like slow-rizon......!!!!!

posted on 13 Jan 2011, 15:08 1

18. Whateverman (Posts: 3225; Member since: 17 May 2009)


So you can't even believe your own eyes? ATT can just take these lumps like men. And VZW has been pushing what works, COVERAGE! They never needed to advertise the speed of the network. And correct me if I'm wrong but Bonnie works for CNET, not Verizon. So this was an impartial 3rd party test, if ATT's phone isn't as fast as they claim, it's their own fault. And I don't care how many iPhones are running on ATT in that area at the time of this test. No one in that room was using their ATT iphone, they were all on the VZW iPhones using VZWs network and whooping ATTs butt! And I'm sure there were a ton of Droids running all kinds of data on the same towers as those VZW iPhones and creating even more traffic on VZWs network. It's okay to come in 2nd, ATT is use to it by now, right? Lol

posted on 14 Jan 2011, 15:09

30. donpeppino9 (Posts: 67; Member since: 24 Jan 2010)


att's 3g has higher peak rates, its a hspa is a newer technology. but att has less spectrum and bandwith to support its network than verizon. so in theory, att is capable of being faster, but falls way short on its promise. verizon doesn't advertise a speed taht is as fast but comes much closer to obtaining it which ends up being faster than att real world speeds.

i think a good test would be when both att and verizon have lte up and runnign and that point we can see which network is better when it comes to data speeds.

posted on 13 Jan 2011, 16:01 1

19. k0mpl3x (unregistered)


It's always funny to me how people act like the iphone is the only phone on att that hogs data. You have to take into account all off the other smartphones that att sells. It has been stated numerous times that although vzw has more customers by a slight margin, att has the most smartphones customers...

posted on 13 Jan 2011, 16:31 1

20. LionStone (Posts: 452; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


Um, yea hawk...you can do that test in a hundred different places and VZW will 'almost' always win because they 'usually' have the better coverage. Get it?

posted on 13 Jan 2011, 17:18 1

22. kdlj (Posts: 19; Member since: 23 Jun 2009)


Yeah dat Verizon!!

posted on 13 Jan 2011, 18:54 1

24. robert kelly (unregistered)


VZW's upload speeds are usually faster than AT&T and AT&T's download speeds are usually faster than VZW so its a wash I have an iPhone 4 and I put it up against Droid incredible and the Droid won most of the time so vzw is faster since the devices are fairly even and now I see the same two devices go head to head like it or not vzw is faster loading web pages

posted on 13 Jan 2011, 21:17

25. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Go Verizon!

posted on 14 Jan 2011, 03:37

26. AllForApple (unregistered)


Really what does it matter its an iPhone quit bitching

posted on 14 Jan 2011, 09:53

27. mystery0305 (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


It does not matter how many iphones are connected to ATT network, the numbers DONT LIE. Verizon has way more connected device on the network 101.1 million (as of last quarterly report) connected device compared to ATT 93 million? The amount of data used on VZW's network is still more regardless of iphone users because VZW has more mobile broadband devices connected, as well as smartphones. Don't you think that a company that prides its self on its network did its homework? Its not a payday for VZW. Its for their customers that want the device so they don't have to sacrifice network quality and switch to ATT. The people that read these blog sites usually are tech junkies, but lets be serious for a second the average soccer mom could careless if its 3G or 4G they just know an iphone. I am a Droid X user and will probably be a bionic 4G user next and i even understand the purpose of the iphone switching networks. Some of you take it way to personal. Its just business. ATT gave apple users a bad user experience at times and we know how much time apple puts into its products.

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