Verizon iPhone 4 Review
Say goodbye to your usual point and shoot camera because the Verizon iPhone 4 easily can substitute for one thanks to its overall great quality. Although you’ll have to learn the art of perfectly capturing photos with the device, like knowing what areas to press with touch focus, the end results are above average versus most other smartphones. In outdoor settings with plenty of light, images captured by the Verizon iPhone 4 offer plenty of sharp visuals that are eloquently matched by its production of natural color tones. Thanks partly to its backside-illuminated sensor, the Verizon iPhone 4 excels in low lighting situations since it’s able to absorb more detail – without much degradation caused by noise. And when it comes to using the flash, it does a respectable job despite its slight overexposed look – but touch focus doesn’t work too well in pitch black. Despite those minor shortcomings, you’ll be amazed by the kind of shots that you can take with the handset.
We’ve taken many high profiled smartphones and pitted them against the iPhone 4, and even with Verizon’s model, it’s able to dish up some fantastic looking high definition videos. However, one gripe that we still have is its lack of offering continuous auto-focus when shooting videos – which means that you have to rely on manually doing touch focus. Aside from that, everything else looks fine with the 720p videos recorded by the handset. Not only does it boast plenty of details, but it shoots at the fluid rate of 29 frames per second and automatically adjusts the exposure according to the scenery. Furthermore, the audio recording is almost crystal clear and eliminates most of the unwanted background noise. Without a doubt, the Verizon iPhone 4 equally makes the perfect companion for saving and cherishing precious memories.
Verizon iPhone 4 Sample Video:
Aside from using the main camera on the back, you can always switch to using the VGA front facing camera. It's blatantly obvious that the quality won't be the best, but hey, you've got the option to take easier self portraits and even rely on using it as a mirror – you can't go wrong with that!
Definitely not something new by any means, Verizon customers will surely appreciate the iPod function of the iPhone 4 – even more when it brings forth all the visual cues of Cover Flow. At its core though, there is barely anything different about its presentation versus what we saw with the original iPhone. Yet, the rich look and feel of Cover Flow easily trumps any doubts about its allure since it’s always so satisfying browsing through albums. Accompanying the strong visual appeal is its moderate tones emitted by its speaker. Comfortably blasting tunes at the highest volume level, it never begins to sound too overbearing or any evidence of crackling.
With its lightning fast A4 processor toiling away under the hood, video playback on the iPhone 4 was nothing short of beautiful – especilly when its “Retina Display” manages to squeeze in plenty of distinctive detail. Speeds were extremely smooth with no evidence of lag whatsoever which naturally highlights its prowess in this arena. Switching between portrait or landscape doesn't stop the flow of the video as it continues to play steadily – ultimately making it one handset to enjoy getting comfy while watching a long movie on the road.
Depending on your tastes, you’ll have two options to side with for the Verizon iPhone 4. On one hand, you’ve got the 16GB version that should appease most people, but we’d suggest moving up to the 32GB model if you’re heavy into high definition videos.
Considered to be common amongst high-end smartphones, the Verizon iPhone 4 offers video chat through its FaceTime service. Sure you’ll have to connect to Wi-Fi in order to use it, but it’s utterly amazing to see video chat work so well without the disruptive instances of lag or choppiness. If that doesn’t float your boat and you prefer something enabled for 3G connectivity, you can always opt to use other services like Skype or Fring – but don’t expect them to provide the most satisfying experience.
Google Maps is still the sole native location based app for the iPhone, and it doesn’t stray far from what we’ve seen previously. Although it functions normally in providing directions, it doesn’t offer free voice guided turn-by-turn directions that come along with Google Maps Navigation on Android. Looking past that, you can expect to still find features like satellite and street views – still, we’re itching to see its functionality expanded in the future.
Love watching videos online? Well, the YouTube app is there at your disposal and can instantly get you in touch with specific videos. Small refinements have been made with the app, but for the most part, it’s still relatively the same one we’ve seen on previous iPhones.
Last, but certainly not least, the App Store is available for all, with its industry-leading catalog of more than 400,000 apps. Quality games, productivity software, entertainment apps, it's all there and will never let you feel bored with your Verizon iPhone 4.
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: 3388; 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: 3388; 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: 1086; 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: 1082; 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...