Verizon iPhone 4 Review
Thankfully, you can set up the Verizon iPhone 4 to sync with Gmail contacts – which takes away the burden of having to manually set everything up. Getting access to your address book is achieved by either running the “Contacts” app or phone dialer. Following the same routine as any other smartphone out there, your contacts are placed in a list view. Naturally, you can input the usual assortments of information with each person, like addresses and phone numbers, but the beauty of it all is the ability to link multiple contacts together. No longer will you have to deal with multiple contacts of the same person in your address book!
With the various organizer functions of the Verizon iPhone 4, there is still no major progression evident with the most recent iteration of the platform. Comparing the offerings to the original iPhone, we’re amazed to find that very little has changed in this category.
The alarm clock is accessed by going through the clock shortcut and then selecting the alarm shortcut at the bottom that appears. There is no preset limit on home many can be set, or at least none that we ran into. 15 alarms were successfully created without any issues and they all worked as set.
When adding an alarm, there are few fields to select from. The first is a repeat field. From here you choose when the alarm is repeated. If nothing is selected, the alarm will go off once and will turn itself off. If this is a more than a one-time alarm, you can set it to repeat every day of the week that you want it to repeat.
Next, you choose which ringer you want to go off when the alarm is activated. After that, you get to choose whether there is a snooze associated with the alarm and then you get to add the label for the alarm. Lastly, you choose the time that the alarm goes off.
The calendar has three views by which to see all of the events: list view of all the events which include date and time, day view which allows you to select a day by either scrolling through them individually or through the calendar and see all the events in that day, and monthly which allows you to see all days in the month and which ones have an event set. An event can be set through any of these fields. There are five selections in the new event menu, title and location, starting/ending time/all day event, repeat, alert, and notes.
The calculator app hasn’t changed much as well since the portrait option provides some basic functions, while placing the phone to landscape will present additional scientific functions.
There is a note pad function available. When a new note is added and saved, a small description is shown on the main screen with the time that the note was added. When adding a new note, the keyboard will appear, and from there, you can begin typing whatever you want. Luckily, you can now sync notes you have stored with your email services so that you’ll never have to worry about losing them.
Since its inception, the iPhone continues to set the bar when it comes to messaging with a touchscreen – and the Verizon iPhone 4 follows suit. Granted that its on-screen portrait option might feel a bit cramped for those with larger fingers, its accuracy and responsiveness is almost unmatched to this day. Tilting it to landscape, we’re presented with ample room to enable speedy text messaging with few instances of delay or slowdown with input. Additionally, it incorporates the best predictive text function that will either automatically correct you or place a squiggly line underneath incorrectly spelled words.
Much like any other smartphone out there, email setup has taken a beeline approach which basically removes any burden. Setting up generic email clients only requires your email address and password to automatically set up. However, others will require you to input additional pieces of information, like server addresses and ports, to correctly set up. Furthermore, the Verizon iPhone 4 is a business friendly item seeing that it offers support for Microsoft Exchange. As far as the actual email experience, it’s fairly straightforward as it breaks down folders, offers threaded conversations, and the ability to select whatever client you want to reply with. And thanks to multi-tasking, you can instantly switch between emailing and something else – while still retaining whatever you’ve typed up.
Connectivity & Data:
Unfortunately, the Verizon iPhone 4 will only work here domestically and cannot be used overseas since it’s a dual-band (800/1900 MHz) CDMA device with 1xEV-DO rev. A connectivity. With that in mind, the AT&T iPhone 4 is the ideal candidate if you happen to be a global trotter since it’ll work in just about every part of the world. However, you can still obtain a data connection via its 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi – but don’t expect voice to work outside the US. Yet another thing lacking with the Verizon iPhone 4 is its inability to simultaneously talk on the phone and browse the web, unless you’ve got it connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot – but no talk and data via cellular connectivity. Finally, the handset features Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR to enable wireless stereo headsets to magically connect and offer the full fidelity of blasting tunes.
Sure it’s almost unlikely to find Flash support with the iPhone, but it still nevertheless entices us because of mobile Safari’s superior level of performance. Specifically, complex pages manage to load in a timely manner and they render almost identically to what you see on a desktop computer. Moreover, the Retina Display is able to establish stunning detail and clarity with even the most tiniest of text, but it’s further supplemented by its fluid and smooth kinetic scrolling. Of course, you’ve got multi-touch gesture support for pinch zooming, which works wonderfully, but everything mixes so well together that it offers one of the best web browsing experience on any handset out there.
1. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 458; Member since: 16 Nov 2010)
So if it has all those shortcomings how does it get a 9? I like Apple btw but i'm just curious.
5. KingK (unregistered)
Because its an iphone. *roll eyes*
2. guest (unregistered)
@ Tre-Nitty, do you realize that this is phonearena.
3. tedkord (Posts: 3410; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Seriously. If it didn't even power up, that would only knock it down to an 8.75 on Phone Arena.
4. guest (unregistered)
"This is PA, now bow to the iPhone."
6. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Hate all you want, it's still a great phone. Just like the HTC Incredible (9), Droid 2 (8.5) and Droid X (9.5) are great phones.
10. tedkord (Posts: 3410; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
No doubt. It was a revolutionary device when it launched. Since then. all Apple has improved is the shininess. It took years just to get cut/paste and MMS.
It's a very pretty phone, and very smooth. However, there was a time when Mac's were very pretty and smooth, especially in comparison to PC's. They both followed the same path as iOS and Android today, and PC's blew past Macs in both sales and speed. (Speed so much that Apple had to switch to Intel x86 processors, as they were getting crushed in benchmarks so badly).
Buy an iMac today, the best vid card you can get is an ATI HD5750. The best processor is a core i7 @ 2.9GHz - you can't get Sandy Bridge. And that's $1900. For that price I can get a PC that would smoke it, and have some left over.
7. Gawain (Posts: 292; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)
I think the iPhone line has consistently presented impressive hardware and performance for everything it does. No question. However, it is a 4 year old UI. After seeing what's coming down the line from HP webOS and possibly some impressive stuff from RIM, I am not in a rush to acquire anything right now.
8. MobileMonkey (Posts: 5; Member since: 10 Jan 2011)
The shortcomings affect all Verizon handsets, except the global roaming which is only found in a few phones, so I don't think it's necessary to dock points on the iPhone specifically.
9. tbacba (Posts: 54; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
“It... radiates with a fantastic look”
“its body resonates”
“perfectly sized to accommodate every hand size”
“it screams superb clarity”
“beating profusely at the core”
Whew, I was expecting a phone review. Didn’t realize I had stumbled onto a porn site.
Guess I'll go have a cigarette...
11. KingOfPhones (Posts: 41; Member since: 04 May 2008)
you people are so annoying its scary. Just because the iPhone gets a review you have to freak out. Let people get what they want and stop judging. I swear I cant tell which is worse Apple or Android fanboys. They both suck to much.
13. bucky (Posts: 1098; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
+100 i have been saying that for a while...besides, the whole front page is android with all the new stuff going on from google.
12. androlover1 (unregistered)
FAIL on using the ATT stock photo for the first page side by side comparison, the verizon one should have an antenna line above the ringer switch...classic phone arena
14. Kjayhawk (Posts: 266; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)
I think this was a fair score. I mean really they can't give it less of a score, its the same phone as AT&T So it deserves the same score.
15. ronjon400 (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
if i owned Google.....i sure as hell wouldn't be sharing my map feature with apple. let them go develop their own. right?
16. Charizard (unregistered)
with all those iphones out there, googles probably making a killing just from this app from apple.
plus Google will know where all iphone users are! thats priceless.
17. jherz6 (Posts: 215; Member since: 23 May 2008)
Im sorry ladies and gentlemen but, the iphone was not worth the wait. Its slow toooo small and truly nothing special. A few years ago I played with one at a local Apple store, and with some very small differences its the same.
18. cheetah2k (Posts: 696; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)
How does a phone that still suffers from the antenna gate "death grip" get a 9?
19. Big Mistake (unregistered)
So I decided to make the move to the VZW iPhone. Picked up the iPhone Thursday mid morning. Had a Samsung Fascinate and wasn't out of contract.....but a buddy of mine who made the move from AT&T iPhone to VZW's iPhone convinced me it was worth it. Had to pay full retail: $749, but they gave me a $200 credit for being an existing customer and another $150 for my Fascinate as a trade in, so I only paid a $100 over what I should have..not that bad of a deal. I was supposed to send in my Fascinate once I received a mail in envelope from VZW, but they said they would do it for me as an "extra special customer" I get the iPhone home and I must be dropping 1 out of 4 or 5 calls. My Fascinate (or any of my previous VZW devices) never ever dropped calls like this, especially in my home where I've been using their service for years. Then I read this:
You have got to be kidding me!?!?!.....I thought this issue was fixxed?? Didn't Verizon and Apple state they moved the volume rocker in order to fix the antennagate issue?....well, it didn't work, or was it just to sell more bumpers to ATT customers makin the move? I called Verizon and they told me that all returns/repairs must be processed through Apple...they won't even look at it? Wish I had my Fascinate back right now....and the bigger screen makes a huge difference.
20. ilovevzw (unregistered)
You forgot to add in your review a key differentiator between the At&t and Verizon iphone 4. The Verizon iphone 4 can be used as a mobile hotspot to connect up to five devices whereas the At&t version cannot. That fact alone is impressive enough for me :-)
22. vijayreddy (unregistered)
i like it so much
compare to old versions
it's good for camera , so slim &extrordinary features in this phone
23. remahuniz (unregistered)
Personal telephones seem to be everything but these days. They surf the Internet, perform banking tasks, track our purchases, and even take photographs. For some people, the one thing they don't really do with their phone is make voice calls. So what are all these people doing? If these things are incredibly popular without performing their ostensible function, what is going on? Ask a mobile app development company. Mobile app development companies at Free App Quotes.com.
24. Remah muniz (unregistered)
The iPhone is turning day by day smarter and smarter because of the iPhone applications that can be directly downloaded from the iTunes store. Among the list of applications there some applications that can help web designer to do his work easily and quickly. For additional information, you can visit a really good iphone development company connection website over the internet.
25. App Developer (unregistered)
iPhone Application Development is growing rapidly. Many iPhone development companies are beginning to thrive worldwide and they are developing some very innovative iPhone Applications.
26. GeekMovement (Posts: 1135; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
The design of this device is outstanding.
The user interface of this device is boring.
The screen of this device is now very small.
The screen resolution of this device is good.
The fluidity of this device is fantastic.
I hated iPhones until this came out and now I think it looks pretty good although I still prefer android over it. Perhaps my mind will change when iPhone 5 comes out? Android still has an amazing selection of phones coming out too though...