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Review: The Verizon iPhone 4

#1 User is offline   Macworld 

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 06:00 PM

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  Posted 02 February 2011 - 06:09 PM

Nice piece Jason. Oddly enough, I live in a state that has not had AT&T service and thus no (official) iPhones. AT&T was supposed to be coming here around the beginning of 2011, but it hasn't happened yet. So for me, I can get a Verizon iPhone before I could get an AT&T iPhone.
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#3 User is offline   Jason Snell 

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  Posted 02 February 2011 - 06:14 PM

Yes, I know there are some places (Vermont?) where AT&T is but a rumor. This is great news for you guys, especially!

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  Posted 02 February 2011 - 06:34 PM

I'm glad I live in a strong AT&T area, mostly (more on that). I wouldn't go back to Verizon if they gave me an iPhone and FREE service.

As far as my coverage, it's generally great. Lately it's been showing low signal and I did have a day with a few dropped calls (rare for me). After contacting customer service (which has always been great), I was informed they're upgrading my local tower... to LTE! I was told by the tech person on the phone, as well as in my local store, that AT&T is done upgrading to HSPA+, and they're now just jumping right to LTE for upgrades! I was beside myself. I think it's awesome! I live in rural central-western Pennsylvania.

Could this be a sign that the iPhone LTE is coming this year? Doubtful, but here's to wishful thinking! Maybe next year ;)
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  Posted 02 February 2011 - 06:49 PM

I'm wondering if there are any "death grip" issues.
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  Posted 02 February 2011 - 07:47 PM

I didn't notice any, but it's an awfully hard thing to test and verify.

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  Posted 02 February 2011 - 07:52 PM

I guess improved voice service aren't enough to make me switch. Phone calls are the last thing I use my iPhone for.
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  Posted 02 February 2011 - 08:13 PM

Nice piece Jason!

I may have missed it but when using the personal hotpsot over Wifi it doesn't cap your data traffic does it? I know I would have to pay for the service but connected to a Wifi network it is just a pass through?

I am pretty sure that would be the case but just in case..

Thanks again
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Posted 02 February 2011 - 08:22 PM

View PostBRussell33, on 02 February 2011 - 06:49 PM, said:

I'm wondering if there are any "death grip" issues.


I was also surprised this was not discussed. I was also wondering what the battery life is. I heard CDMA uses more juice.
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  Posted 02 February 2011 - 08:27 PM

Just wait till June/July for the iphone 5 people.
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  Posted 02 February 2011 - 09:11 PM

It must be nice to test a phone on a relatively empty playing field. I wonder what will happen when millions of iphone users start logging on like they do on AT&T months after the user base matures.
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Posted 02 February 2011 - 10:05 PM

View Postlawrance, on 02 February 2011 - 08:22 PM, said:

View PostBRussell33, on 02 February 2011 - 06:49 PM, said:

I'm wondering if there are any "death grip" issues.


I was also surprised this was not discussed. I was also wondering what the battery life is. I heard CDMA uses more juice.


No death grip issue. That has been resolved in the Verizon iPhone.
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  Posted 02 February 2011 - 10:49 PM

The LED flash on the iPhone 4 works surprisingly well. Perhaps you never took pictures in dim lighting. I think most would disagree with your comment that the flash is not worth using.

There never was a death grip issue with the AT&T iPhone either. The iPhone 4 gets better reception than the original iPhone and no one complained about that phone if you covered the lower half.

@Tisinger....how would you know when the iPhone Verizon isn't even released yet? Who knows what the reception might be.
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  Posted 02 February 2011 - 11:18 PM

I'd like to see a good comparison of real world connectivity tests outside metro areas. My experience is that AT&T is horrible in anything but large city metro areas. I've driven cross-country a lot and even in fair sized places like Branson it was all but impossible to even send an email even with full bars. Where I live it frequently doesn't work at all - I have learned open access points by heart so I can stop and get updates when not at home or office.
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