Our impressions of the Verizon iPhone 4S

Our impressions of the Verizon iPhone 4S
By now, you may have already read of full review of iPhone

4S for Sprint
, but since we now have the Verizon model and have used it for a few days, we wanted to give you our impressions of it.

 The 3.5" IPS TFT Retina Display on the iPhone 4S remains unchanged - while most of its Android competitors are at 4" or larger. Be that as it may, the quality is stunning, as text and images are incredibility clear and sharp. When placed next to the Motorola DROID BIONIC with its 4.3" qHD display, the difference in the screen size is quite noticeable, but so is the quality, as images and text on the DROID BIONIC can look a bit jagged at times (depending on the content) due its PenTile TFT display.

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[img full [[48277,48276,48278,48477:"Motorola DROID BIONIC & Apple iPhone 4S"]] /]

Since we had sunny South Florida day, we decided to take a few pictures with the iPhone 4S, and they did produce eye-pleasing results, with good color and detail. We can't really say the camera on the iPhone 4S is quite good as our Canon A650 IS digital camera, but it still remains above average for a cell phone.

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For videos, the iPhone 4S records at 1920x1080p HD. When played back on our PC, the video had plenty of detail and colors were nice and natural looking. It also was smooth at 30 frames-per-second, but when moving the camera around fast, it did cause a bit of a wobbling effect.

For benchmarking data speeds, we used the popular SpeedTest.net app. During peak day hours, downloads were under 1 Mbps (averaging around 0.70 Mbps) and uploads were about 0.60 Mbps. But in the middle of the night, we would see downloads above 2 Mbps. When loading our PhoneArena.com web site, the iPhone 4S would take about 25 seconds to load, but keep in mind that since Flash is not supported on the device, it's not downloading that extra content. We can also tell that the dual-core processor is helping to speed up the rendering of pages.

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Call quality was excellent on the iPhone 4S - in fact we'd say it's one of the best sounding phones we've used with Verizon. Voices were very accurate sounding and with full-range tones (similar to what we'd get when using a land-line) and there was absolutely no background noise. Even when we turned the earpiece speaker volume all the way up, there was no rattling sound, which is common on some phones (such as the HTC


The battery life on the Verizon iPhone 4S echos what we got on the Sprint model, as on a full charge we'd get close to 7 hours of continuous talk time - 1 hour less than what it's rated at. For mixed usage, which includes some talk, texts, emails, web and app use, and some stand-by time, the battery would last us nearly a full day, though if you're using it non-stop power user, prepare to keep a charger with you.

Overall, the Apple iPhone 4S for Verizon is pretty much the same as the other carriers' models. It feels well made with high-quality materials used in its construction, and not cheap and "plasticy" like so many other smartphones that we test out. The only thing that we felt was missing was support for Verizon's 4G LTE data network. Hopefully we'll see that happen in the next version.

Related phones

iPhone 4s
  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB



1. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

With the Rezound, Nexus and RAZR approaching VW next month---no one really cares about the iphone4S...All eyes are on the aforementioned smartphones...The iphone4S was not a major breakthrough in design or with any breathtaking features to the model just released......

2. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

iPhone fans still care. Most of them will have already bought an iP4 on Verizon by now though. I can't see the 4S selling in huge volumes at VZW. Bring on the trifecta!

31. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

iPhone has been the top selling phone on VZW all year. How do you not see it selling?

36. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@taco. Android fanboys live in a different planet where the iphone is not selling well, lol.

47. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

I still see the iP4S selling quite well throughout the year since not everyone is eligible for upgrade at the same time. Taco just may win the bet.

71. Sackboy117

Posts: 178; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Wow all this trolling reminds me of PS3 vs Xbox or something like that. If the smartphone industry is the last thing on your mind when you go to sleep, and if it is the first thing that comes to mind when you wake up, then go back to cyberspace because there's this thing called the real world right next to the computer. And people should be happy with what they have, especially if their parents buy all their stuff for them.

4. willardcw4

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 01, 2011

iPhones are still important.. if you're an Apple user then it makes a lot of sense to get a 4S. It's still a pretty sweet phone, although I'm jumping ship for the Gnex in a couple weeks :)

6. Retro-touch unregistered

It's still a sweet phone that looks and operates the exact same way as the iPhone 4. The only difference is Siri, 8MP camera and a better GPU. The dual core processor doesn't provide mind blowing performance improvements like the GS2 did over the original Galaxy S. You can play games that are a little more detailed but seriously who plays games 24/7 on a phone when you can play console games with amazing graphics on your huge HD tv. It's a minor improvement and if I had an iPhone 4 I wouldn't upgrade.

23. ygswagg11

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

well said my brotha i feel your comment so true

32. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

iPhone 4s blows the gs2 gpu away

59. Ivan6479

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Oh really?? This is new news to me because doing the same speed test they just did on this video with my GS2 (AT&T Version) my results show my phone is twice as fast as your precious iPhony.

13. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Of course it makes sense to get an iPhone 4S. It's like the best phone on the market.

17. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

It's definitely the best iPhone on the market.

53. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

AND smartphone.

21. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

ohh yes you are completely right any day of the week.. iphone 4s is the best smartphone ever..

55. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

As I always am.

48. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Thanks for adding the qualifier "like". Leaves space at the top for a better phone. ;-)

54. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Yeah, the iPhone 6 :P

18. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Even though I don't think it's the best phone on the market, I would say a lot of people care about the iPhone 4S. Don't let having the same design fool you, this thing is a peak at what's to come with the iPhone 5 for sure. Think about it like this, if Siri and a dual core processor that makes this 3G phone as quick as some 4G phones just an incremental upgrade, the iPhone 5 is going to be an a**kicker. We also have to assume that Apple is aware how disappointed many iPhone fans were with the 4S and even how ICS is injecting new life into Android. They HAVE to hit hard with the iPhone 5 so I would hope they are considering a bigger screen at the very least.

20. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009


30. bigboy029

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 03, 2011

You forget about the average, non-techie consumer though. people that just want a smartphone will come in and see "New iphone" and immediately buy it without looking into upcoming phones or better phones. I myself am a pretty tech savy guy, so I always look into upcoming models, reviews, etc. but the average consumer does not.

93. PotDragon

Posts: 214; Member since: Jul 22, 2011

Only an iphone user would consider waiting 25 seconds for a page to load. Without flash content no less. Seriously? TWENTY FIVE SECONDS? Plus side....you can't download data fast enough to exceed your data plan. More money for a case. NEED a case on a glass backed phone...right? Funny how no mention of "bloatware" appears. Obviously, I realize it is complete BS, but PA has used it as a "con" and now omits it from the review. Is vzw software LINKS ( you know the full program isn't installed...right? ) preinstalled or not? Congrats to the writer! You now have the distinction of being the worst tech writer on the planet. Your writing is uniformative, biased, and childlike.

98. Massimo

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

Please speak for yourself. Nobody cares about the iPhone 4s? Then explain why four million have sold since it was released and I am still waiting two weeks now to receive mine because Verizon is sold out? I am no Apple fanboy either. I did tons of research before deciding to upgrade from fours with two Blackberry phones to the iPhone 4s. I read the recent reviews for the phones you mentioned, and while they all have their merits, none could quite measure up to the iPhone in terms of sheer reliability and smooth user interface. I was initially sure that I wanted either the Droid Bionic or the new Droid Razr, but after comparing them to the iPhone 4s, Apple won out. Maybe, like millions of others who have bought this phone, I will become a fanboy after all, and that will be just fine with me.

3. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

The addition of Siri and dual core....Should not have taken 1 1/2 years to complete...

5. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I really wonder if the decision to sell the 4 on Verizon this year had something to do with the timing. Otherwise why wouldn't Apple release this refresh over the summer?

11. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

+1 for DroidX0430

24. ygswagg11

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

lmao so true

39. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@droid. Are you saying that every time there's something new, Apple should release a new iphone right away? Lol. Like let's say a quad core processor is released next month. Apple should not wait next year, and release the iphone5 next month? Lol. And then in January, when some new feature comes out, Apple will release iphone6 in January, hahahahaha. Is that what you're trying to say? Sorry, but that is what android OEM's do, because android OEM's just release phones left and right as soon as some new tech comes out. No wonder android phones get old quickly. Look at the sgs2. No one cares for it now because the prime is coming out. And prime is not even out, it's already old news because Droid rzr is already gaining more popularity with its qhd display. Hahahahaha

99. gologetright

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

@530gemini. Let me be sure I understand the perspective you are presenting. What you're really saying is that it is better for consumers to have access to new technology only on an annual basis; that ready access to new technology as it emerges is somehow an inferior approach. I find that to be a very curious view of the free market. Granted,typically when Apple delivers a new product it has been carefully engineered, very well thought out and construction/materials is usually high quality. This isn't always the case with all Android devices. Clearly Apple takes a different approach to the smartphone market but to say that the Android approach is inferior because something new is always on the near horizon is absurd.

7. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

ehh... not much different. re-hashed. but it is american made... maybe thats why the media puts the apple on the pedal stool.

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