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Verizon iPhone 4 Review

Apple iPhone 4 Verizon

Posted: , by John V.



Beating profusely at the core of the iPhone 4 is none other than Apple’s A4 processor, which is to this day, still believed to be running at the clocked speed of 1GHz. Regardless of whatever it is, the end result is a fluid and stable platform experience that unequivocally bears in mind speed and responsiveness. From moving around its homescreens to launching applications, there is little to no pause in whatever simple to complex tasks you put the handset through. Honestly, once you experience the speed of the Verizon iPhone 4, it’ll instantly change your perception of what’s considered to be a respectable amount of speed with a smartphone.

If there is one thing that’s really beginning to show its age, it has to be the same usual looking interface that it employs. Overlooking its less than dazzling presentation, it still follows in line with the principles of being simplistic without being overly complex – and that’s exactly what we find with iOS 4.2.5 on the Verizon iPhone 4. Broken down by finger friendly sized icons that are arranged in a grid pattern, you can group them together to form folders for easy access, but the platform still lacks a high level of personalization. Sure you can rearrange the icons to your liking or change the background wallpaper, but it pales in comparison to the useful widgets and eye catching live wallpapers offered by Android. Nevertheless, what it lacks in visual presentation it makes up with its easy learning curve, simplistic navigation and swift performance.

Interface of the Verizon iPhone 4 - Verizon iPhone 4 Review
Interface of the Verizon iPhone 4 - Verizon iPhone 4 Review
Interface of the Verizon iPhone 4 - Verizon iPhone 4 Review

Interface of the Verizon iPhone 4

Swiping to the left most homescreen pane, the on-screen keyboard will pop up and bring you to spotlight search. Essentially, you can begin typing and it’ll accumulate all the associated items related to your search. If you’re not particularly certain about what to look for, it’ll automatically aggregate any relevant content – like music, videos, contacts, apps, and bookmarks. But in the worse care scenario when it’s something not stored locally, it’ll provide you the option of either searching the web or Wikipedia for it.

On-screen keyboard - Verizon iPhone 4 Review

On-screen keyboard

Holding down the home button will access the iPhone 4’s Voice Control function which is basically a voice recognition application at its core. Needless to say, it works relatively well seeing that it accurately comprehends our spoken words without the need for much repetition. Obviously, it comes in handy if you don’t want to be bothered with searching your phone for specific items. For example, you can speak certain keywords, like “dial home” or “play music,” and the iPhone 4 will execute the command.

Now if there is one beloved feature that was a long time coming, it can arguably be multi-tasking because it was the last piece of the puzzle in completing the platform experience. Today, most applications are enabled to take advantage of multi-tasking element found with iOS, and that’s why it works almost seamlessly with the Verizon iPhone 4 – exactly like its AT&T counterpart. Performing a double press on the home button will uncover the running apps in the background. Not only do we adore the ability to switch between apps instantly, we also like how certain ones will continue to run in the background while doing something else. For example, you can play music through Pandora while using a GPS app for turn-by-turn directions – and of course, the two work in tandem flawlessly.

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posted on 11 Feb 2011, 07:21 3

1. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 470; 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.

posted on 11 Feb 2011, 09:31 6

5. KingK (unregistered)

Because its an iphone. *roll eyes*

posted on 11 Feb 2011, 07:46 2

2. guest (unregistered)

@ Tre-Nitty, do you realize that this is phonearena.

posted on 11 Feb 2011, 08:07 2

3. tedkord (Posts: 14120; 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.

posted on 11 Feb 2011, 08:15 2

4. guest (unregistered)


"This is PA, now bow to the iPhone."

posted on 11 Feb 2011, 09:50 4

6. roldefol (Posts: 4365; 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.

posted on 11 Feb 2011, 12:47

10. tedkord (Posts: 14120; 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.

posted on 11 Feb 2011, 10:24 1

7. Gawain (Posts: 426; 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.

posted on 11 Feb 2011, 10:49

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.

posted on 11 Feb 2011, 11:43 3

9. tbacba (Posts: 111; 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...

posted on 11 Feb 2011, 13:55

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.

posted on 11 Feb 2011, 14:46

13. bucky (Posts: 3134; 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.

posted on 11 Feb 2011, 14:08 1

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

posted on 11 Feb 2011, 15:08

14. Kjayhawk (Posts: 294; 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.

posted on 11 Feb 2011, 17:45

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?

posted on 11 Feb 2011, 19:09

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.

posted on 12 Feb 2011, 00:20

17. jherz6 (Posts: 217; 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.

posted on 12 Feb 2011, 02:40

18. cheetah2k (Posts: 1746; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)

How does a phone that still suffers from the antenna gate "death grip" get a 9?

Rigged much?

posted on 12 Feb 2011, 06:46

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.

posted on 04 Mar 2011, 03:21

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 :-)

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 01:29

22. vijayreddy (unregistered)

i like it so much
compare to old versions
it's good for camera , so slim &extrordinary features in this phone

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 21:01

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.

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 02:00

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.

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 02:51

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.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 02:02

26. GeekMovement (unregistered)

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...

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PhoneArena rating:
Display3.5 inches, 640 x 960 pixels (326 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Apple A4, Single core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A8 processor
0.5 GB RAM
Size4.54 x 2.31 x 0.37 inches
(115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm)
4.83 oz  (137 g)
Battery1420 mAh, 7 hours talk time

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