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Verizon iPhone 4 vs AT&T iPhone 4

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Keeping in mind speed and responsiveness, the platform experience on the two iPhone 4 models are identical as everything chugs along at a blistering rate – which makes for a suitable experience for multi-taskers all around. However, web browsing is something that’s naturally akin to the iPhone since it popularized the experience for touchscreen devices. With that, we didn’t find the experience too different since they excelled in loading complex web sites, offer smooth kinetic scrolling, and use pinch gestures to zoom. Now even though the general users might find the performance to be the same, it’s noted that we obtained better speed results with the AT&T iPhone 4 over 3G. Not only did it constantly beat out the Verizon iPhone 4 in latency and download speeds, it blew things out of the water in the upload speed department. Sure you can hand it to the AT&T iPhone 4 for obtaining faster speeds in our test, but through the eyes of a general user who is using mobile Safari, the end experience is almost the same.

The interface of the Verizon iPhone 4 - Verizon iPhone 4 vs AT&T iPhone 4
The interface of the Verizon iPhone 4 - Verizon iPhone 4 vs AT&T iPhone 4
The interface of the Verizon iPhone 4 - Verizon iPhone 4 vs AT&T iPhone 4

The interface of the AT&T iPhone 4 - Verizon iPhone 4 vs AT&T iPhone 4
The interface of the AT&T iPhone 4 - Verizon iPhone 4 vs AT&T iPhone 4
The interface of the AT&T iPhone 4 - Verizon iPhone 4 vs AT&T iPhone 4

Surfing the web with the Verizon iPhone 4 - Verizon iPhone 4 vs AT&T iPhone 4
Surfing the web with the Verizon iPhone 4 - Verizon iPhone 4 vs AT&T iPhone 4
Surfing the web with the Verizon iPhone 4 - Verizon iPhone 4 vs AT&T iPhone 4
Surfing the web with the Verizon iPhone 4 - Verizon iPhone 4 vs AT&T iPhone 4

Web surfing with the AT&T iPhone 4 - Verizon iPhone 4 vs AT&T iPhone 4
Web surfing with the AT&T iPhone 4 - Verizon iPhone 4 vs AT&T iPhone 4
Web surfing with the AT&T iPhone 4 - Verizon iPhone 4 vs AT&T iPhone 4
Web surfing with the AT&T iPhone 4 - Verizon iPhone 4 vs AT&T iPhone 4


In the calling quality department, we have to hand it to the Verizon iPhone 4 since it didn’t have the annoying level of static and background noise evident with AT&T’s version. Even in areas where we noticed that the signal wasn’t the best with the Verizon iPhone 4, it still manages to produce clear conversations over the competition which had more bars of signal strength. Though, we do find the volume output achieved by the earpiece and speakerphone to be more than audible to the ear without drowning in much distortion.

Granted that not everyone will have a need for it, but the Verizon iPhone 4 has the ability to act as a mobile hotspot which can come in handy for certain situations. Unfortunately, the AT&T iPhone 4 currently lacks this model – and it’s uncertain yet at this point if we’ll see it. Still, the $20/month additional charge enables the Verizon iPhone 4 to share it data connection with up to 5 devices.

The mobile hotspot functionality - Verizon iPhone 4 vs AT&T iPhone 4
The mobile hotspot functionality - Verizon iPhone 4 vs AT&T iPhone 4
The mobile hotspot functionality - Verizon iPhone 4 vs AT&T iPhone 4
The mobile hotspot functionality - Verizon iPhone 4 vs AT&T iPhone 4

The mobile hotspot functionality



Although some initially thought that the Verizon iPhone 4 would iron out those annoying death grip issues that plagued some AT&T iPhone 4 owners, it’s still one pesky thing affecting the latest model. In our experience, the Verizon iPhone 4 seems to retain a stronger connection to the network since it only dropped 2 bars of signal from the initial 5. Conversely, we can get the AT&T iPhone 4 to go all the way to a single bar while applying the death grip. However, we didn’t notice much degradation in calling quality or web browsing performance between the two with the death grip applied.

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