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.

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