Performance:

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.

Conclusion: 

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)

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Pros

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

Cons

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

PhoneArena Rating:

9.0

User Rating:

7.9
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