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Verizon iPhone 4 Review

Apple iPhone 4 Verizon

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Verizon iPhone 4 Review
Impressively, we’re more than content with the Verizon iPhone 4’s calling quality since it isn’t bogged down by much pronounced static or background noise on our end of the line. Combining the ample volume emitted by the earpiece and the neutral sounding voices, we didn’t have much trouble in comprehending our callers words. Conversely, our callers easily understood every word uttered by us since our voice was more than clear and distinctive. Finally, the speakerphone pumps out at a high level which ultimately produces some sharp voices that are audible and distortion-free. In the end, we’re more than agreeable with the Verizon iPhone 4’s commanding ability to offer phenomenal calling quality.

Just when we thought that Apple killed all remnants of the dreaded death grip issue with its antenna on the Verizon iPhone 4, it appears that it simply only lessens the problem – but doesn’t totally annihilate it.  Using the death grip, we managed to get the signal bars go from 5 to 2 bars in a span of under a minute. However, we didn’t experience any dramatic effects from doing this – such as dropping phone calls.

For something that’s considered to be an always connected smartphone, the Verizon iPhone 4 follows suit in bringing aboard strong battery life. Setting it to auto-brightness, we managed to pull out close to 2 days of normal usage before requiring a recharge – which is stunning for any smartphone. Light users will appreciate the extended time it’ll offer, while heavy users will more than likely be satisfied by its single day tally.


Okay, so here is the most crucial part about the Verizon iPhone 4 that you need to ask yourself. Should you go out and buy one now? Before jumping the gun and making that impulse purchase, there are some key things you’ll probably want to keep in mind. First, we’re not too far away from Apple announcing the next version of the iPhone. So if you buy now, chances are that you’ll be paying full price for the new model when it’s released. Secondly, the Verizon iPhone 4 doesn’t offer the convenience of using SIM cards like what’s found with AT&T’s version – which means there are some added steps in swapping devices. Furthermore, you’re only going to be able to use the handset here domestically for voice calls – unlike the GSM model of the AT&T iPhone 4. Lastly, you’re not going to have the benefit of doing simultaneous voice and data via cellular connection.

If you can overlook those shortcomings and see the benefits of the Verizon network, then this handset might be ripe for the taking – especially when it contends against the other juggernauts in the market. For $199.99 on-contract, you’re getting a beautifully crafted device that embodies everything that you imagine a premium device to be. In addition, it’s very well rounded in all aspects and makes for a fantastic multimedia companion. Truth be told, but the Verizon iPhone 4 is still a relevant handset to reckon with seeing that it envelops all the great things we expect to see from a high-end device – not to mention that reliable network behind it.

Software version of the reviewed unit: 4.2.5 (8E128)

Verizon iPhone 4 Video Review:


  • Stunning Retina Display
  • Solid design & construction
  • Better calling quality
  • Good battery life


  • Basically a 7-month old model
  • Domestic use only
  • No Flash Player 10.1 support
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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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