Verizon iPhone 4 vs AT&T iPhone 4
Keeping in mind speed and responsiveness, the platform experience on the two iPhone 4 models are identical as everything chugs along at a blistering rate – which makes for a suitable experience for multi-taskers all around. However, web browsing is something that’s naturally akin to the iPhone since it popularized the experience for touchscreen devices. With that, we didn’t find the experience too different since they excelled in loading complex web sites, offer smooth kinetic scrolling, and use pinch gestures to zoom. Now even though the general users might find the performance to be the same, it’s noted that we obtained better speed results with the AT&T iPhone 4 over 3G. Not only did it constantly beat out the Verizon iPhone 4 in latency and download speeds, it blew things out of the water in the upload speed department. Sure you can hand it to the AT&T iPhone 4 for obtaining faster speeds in our test, but through the eyes of a general user who is using mobile Safari, the end experience is almost the same.
In the calling quality department, we have to hand it to the Verizon iPhone 4 since it didn’t have the annoying level of static and background noise evident with AT&T’s version. Even in areas where we noticed that the signal wasn’t the best with the Verizon iPhone 4, it still manages to produce clear conversations over the competition which had more bars of signal strength. Though, we do find the volume output achieved by the earpiece and speakerphone to be more than audible to the ear without drowning in much distortion.
Granted that not everyone will have a need for it, but the Verizon iPhone 4 has the ability to act as a mobile hotspot which can come in handy for certain situations. Unfortunately, the AT&T iPhone 4 currently lacks this model – and it’s uncertain yet at this point if we’ll see it. Still, the $20/month additional charge enables the Verizon iPhone 4 to share it data connection with up to 5 devices.
Although some initially thought that the Verizon iPhone 4 would iron out those annoying death grip issues that plagued some AT&T iPhone 4 owners, it’s still one pesky thing affecting the latest model. In our experience, the Verizon iPhone 4 seems to retain a stronger connection to the network since it only dropped 2 bars of signal from the initial 5. Conversely, we can get the AT&T iPhone 4 to go all the way to a single bar while applying the death grip. However, we didn’t notice much degradation in calling quality or web browsing performance between the two with the death grip applied.
1. omarc26 (Posts: 357; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
I dont have an iphone i used to have one not any more ( i have an htc surround) . But 2 guys i work with have one . One of them has the at&t iphone 4 and the other one has the verizon iphone 4. And there always comparing there iphones to see which one is better and im always there to watch. And well the verizon version has better call quality it sounds loud and clear free of static , the at&t version sounds like u are underwater and alot of static. Also alot of people say at&t has a faster network , we live in La we work in downtown were both at&t and verizon get 5 bars of 3G and the verizon iphone ALWAYS loads pages faster than the at&t version when both have 5 bars of 3G . The only advatage the at&t iphone has is that it works overseas and u can use voice and data at the same time.. So yea i guess it depends on what ur lookin for but if i were to ever get another iphone i would definetly et the verizon version i had the att version and didnt like it..
2. tragichero (Posts: 163; Member since: 07 Jan 2011)
good comment... you deffenitley bunked this biased PA articule. ive seen the same thing in the chicago area where the verizon iphone loads pages and installs apps faster than the att one. also it is clear that using the phone and internet on att isnt as reliable as PA makes it sound due to overwhelming amount of dropped calls that thousands of att customers complain about their iphones. PA also didnt go into facetime!!! on att you get a choppy grainy look with repeated lag. on verizon the viewing expierence is much better with very little lag whatsoever... if any at all. the only thing att iphone has up on verizon is global..... not a big deal. verizon will actually send you a global phone to use while you over seas..... and not just any phone.. you can request a droid!!! lol so that means that verizon will lend you an even better phone to use if your outside north america. keep doing the devils work phone arena... lol
3. jacky_luvsjrod (Posts: 53; Member since: 26 May 2010)
Hi I have a verizon iPhone and I was wondering if any one can help me? I Ininstalled the tango app and i can make video calls over 3G without using wifi how is that possible? Because i heard that video calls use voice and data at the same time that's why u need wifi to make face time calls but apparently they work over 3G on tango without wifi . I heard verizons CDMA network couldnt do voice and data at the same time so I'm confused? How is it that video calls work over verizon 3G with the tango app?
6. Whateverman (Posts: 3235; Member since: 17 May 2009)
This can get really technical so I'll spare you all the tech-jargon and try to keep it a little less nerdy. Look at your iPhone as two different devices, a telephone and a computer. You basic run of the mill house telephone can only place and receive calls. But you desktop computer can do many other things as long as you have the right application (app) and equipment. When you are chatting on the webcam, you don't need to use your home phone at all, because your computer already has a mic, a speaker, a camera, and an application that ties them all together. It's the same with your iPhone.
When you pull up the Tango application, its like turning on the computer. And when you pick the person you want to video chat with, Tango turns on the internet and makes a data connection to place that call. Your iPhone isn't using the telephone service at all, so you are not using both voice and data at the same time.
The EVDO (Evolution Data Optimized or Data only) connection that VZW and Sprint uses is designed to be data only. Some see it as a deal breaker for the VZW iPhone, but I think the clarity, coverage, security, and speed of VZW greatly outweighs any benefit of voice/data simultaneous usage.
7. snowgator (Posts: 3345; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Very less nerdy. Your free class described that better then the write I found on nearly the same subject. Us nerds in training thank you.
4. tragichero (Posts: 163; Member since: 07 Jan 2011)
isnt it funny how PA scores att iphone at 9.5 and the verizon on just 9.0 and the user reviews for att are 7/10 and verizon 8/10. the people have spoken...
5. remixfa (Posts: 14252; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
ATT iphone might be faster where you get 7.2mbs 3g.. of course, the bulk area of their network is still EDGE, where the bulk area of VZW's network is almost completely 3g... soooooo..
more bars in more places?? lol. VZW.
After reading the first page, i was wondering if the article writer had to "clean up the mess" after fondling the iphones "oooh i got an iphone in each hand... oooh ooh.. pour wax on me!"
I still dont understand the reasoning. Why pay 200 bux for a phone that doesnt offer true multitasking nor things like flash, live backgrounds, changable batteries, ect ect ect ect ect.
i guess its from the boner you get when holding it.. at least thats the feeling i get after reading this article.