The iPhone 4 on Verizon Wireless delivers the reliable data and voice coverage AT&T has failed to provide, making this device a dependable partner for work and play.

- Mark Spoonauer , Laptop Magazine 

The antenna issue is frustrating, certainly, but unlikely to be a deal-breaker, and the improvement in battery life is more than welcome; moreover, there’s something inherent in the iPhone 4 that goes beyond “just another” phone and demands you engage with it.

- Vincent Nguyen , SlashGear 

Reviews summary

8.3/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 41 reviews

What's good  

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      The Apple iPhone 4 came onto the cell phone scene in 2010. When the iPhone 4 was introduced, the improved physical design was immediately evident, and the list of updates was impressive.

      To begin with, the iPhone 4 has a more stylish and hi-tech look than the earlier iPhone models. Both the front screen and back panel are constructed with super strong aluminosilicate glass, the same glass used for windows on helicopters. A band of brushed stainless steel that wraps all around the phone is the antenna.

      Show more

      The iPhone 4 comes with a 5 megapixel camera on both the front and the back, no more shooting photos of yourself in front of a mirror, the camera easily switches from front screen to back screen view. With added 5x digital zoom, and a flash that can be turned off, this is one of the best phone cameras on the market today.

      The video recording is now HD, and combined with Apple's iMovie or another app, high quality videos are at your fingertips. Another feature of the front screen and back screen camera option is Face Time, video conferencing that is as easy as making a phone call.

      At the basis of all these improvements is Apple's move to the powerful and energy-efficient Apple A4 chip. The new IOS 4, which Apple calls "the most advanced mobile operating system in the world" brings with it several upgrades. These include multi-tasking, which, when combined with the faster app switching, makes every application on the iPhone easier to use. The added gyroscope feature offers all way motion sensors- the best thing in the world for gaming. iPhone 4 comes with folder options that are easily organized, re-organized and updated. Enhanced mail features along with many other features, big and small are included.

      Saving the most awesome improvement for last, we come to the Retina Display. This updated display is super bright, crisp and completely pixel free. With 326 pixels per inch, the human eye is not capable of distinguishing pixels from any angle. The contrast is at a whopping 800:1 ratio, four times higher than previous iPhones.

      This is the world's best selling smart phone for a reason.

      Need to Know: Apple iPhone 4

      1. A Retina Display provides amazing visuals, the crispest images on any cell phone. (The Good)

      2. A 5 megapixel camera, with available flash and 5x digital zoom. (The Good)

      3. Powered by what Apple calls "the world's fastest mobile processor". (The Good)

      4. A 16GB model costs $649. Ouch! (The Bad)


      Specs summary

      Screen
      3.5"

      The Apple iPhone 4's screen is 3.5 inches with 640 x 960 pixels resolution.

      Processor
      1GHz

      There is a Apple A4 1 GHz processor (CPU).

      OS

      The phone runs on the iOS 4 (Update Available: 7.1.1) operating system (OS).

      Camera
      5+ MP
      You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.
      Storage
      16/32 GB

      Internal memory is 16/32 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

      Battery
      1420mAh

      The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1420 mAh battery. Apple's performance ratings are 12.5 days standby time, 840 minutes (2G), 420 minutes (3G), 600 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.


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      Reviews summary

      8.3/10AVG.
      RATING
      Based on 41 reviews

      What's good  

        What's bad  

          The Apple iPhone 4 came onto the cell phone scene in 2010. When the iPhone 4 was introduced, the improved physical design was immediately evident, and the list of updates was impressive.

          To begin with, the iPhone 4 has a more stylish and hi-tech look than the earlier iPhone models. Both the front screen and back panel are constructed with super strong aluminosilicate glass, the same glass used for windows on helicopters. A band of brushed stainless steel that wraps all around the phone is the antenna.

          Show more

          The iPhone 4 comes with a 5 megapixel camera on both the front and the back, no more shooting photos of yourself in front of a mirror, the camera easily switches from front screen to back screen view. With added 5x digital zoom, and a flash that can be turned off, this is one of the best phone cameras on the market today.

          The video recording is now HD, and combined with Apple's iMovie or another app, high quality videos are at your fingertips. Another feature of the front screen and back screen camera option is Face Time, video conferencing that is as easy as making a phone call.

          At the basis of all these improvements is Apple's move to the powerful and energy-efficient Apple A4 chip. The new IOS 4, which Apple calls "the most advanced mobile operating system in the world" brings with it several upgrades. These include multi-tasking, which, when combined with the faster app switching, makes every application on the iPhone easier to use. The added gyroscope feature offers all way motion sensors- the best thing in the world for gaming. iPhone 4 comes with folder options that are easily organized, re-organized and updated. Enhanced mail features along with many other features, big and small are included.

          Saving the most awesome improvement for last, we come to the Retina Display. This updated display is super bright, crisp and completely pixel free. With 326 pixels per inch, the human eye is not capable of distinguishing pixels from any angle. The contrast is at a whopping 800:1 ratio, four times higher than previous iPhones.

          This is the world's best selling smart phone for a reason.

          Need to Know: Apple iPhone 4

          1. A Retina Display provides amazing visuals, the crispest images on any cell phone. (The Good)

          2. A 5 megapixel camera, with available flash and 5x digital zoom. (The Good)

          3. Powered by what Apple calls "the world's fastest mobile processor". (The Good)

          4. A 16GB model costs $649. Ouch! (The Bad)

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          It will deliver the unique and satisfying iOS experience

          from Cnet (3 years ago)

          At a hefty cost, the Virgin Mobile iPhone 4 delivers an unlimited plan without a contract -- just don't expect blazing-fast data speeds.Other than pricing, data speeds, and call quality, Virgin's iPhone 4 is pretty much the same as all the others. You still get all the expected essentials, like the... More

          At a hefty cost, the Virgin Mobile iPhone 4 delivers an unlimited plan without a contract -- just don't expect blazing-fast data speeds.

          Other than pricing, data speeds, and call quality, Virgin's iPhone 4 is pretty much the same as all the others. You still get all the expected essentials, like the 3.5-inch Retina Display, access to the App Store, FaceTime calling, the 5-megapixel camera, and iOS 5.1.

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          8/10

          The Apple iPhone 4 contains all the features necessary to create an ideal multimedia cell phone

          from Top Ten Reviews (4 years ago)

          Just when you think there isn't much more that can be added to a cellular device, Apple again proves you wrong. With video-chat capabilities, a 5MP main camera, HD video-recording capabilities and iPod functionality built into the Apple iPhone 4, you have all the multimedia features you need to meet... More

          Just when you think there isn't much more that can be added to a cellular device, Apple again proves you wrong. With video-chat capabilities, a 5MP main camera, HD video-recording capabilities and iPod functionality built into the Apple iPhone 4, you have all the multimedia features you need to meet your entertainment desires and fulfill your business needs.

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          8/10

          A hugely impressive smartphone

          from Recombu (4 years ago)

          Every iPhone elicits strong reactions from the fanboys on one side and the detractors on the other. Picking your way between the hype and the hate, there's no doubt that iPhone 4 is a hugely impressive smartphone. It corrects key flaws in the previous model – particularly the battery life – and is o... More

          Every iPhone elicits strong reactions from the fanboys on one side and the detractors on the other. Picking your way between the hype and the hate, there's no doubt that iPhone 4 is a hugely impressive smartphone. It corrects key flaws in the previous model – particularly the battery life – and is one of the most user-friendly handsets when it comes to shooting hi-res video. The screen also sets new standards for smartphones. For now, it's king of the hill. Your move, HTC.

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          Dated hardware and steep price tag but fast performance

          from NDTV (4 years ago)

          In-spite of being a year late, the iPhone provides a sublime smartphone experience. On paper, one would think that the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S 2 and LG Optimus 2x would walk all over it due to their superior hardware but that was clearly not true. The iPhone matched them punch for punch and in... More

          In-spite of being a year late, the iPhone provides a sublime smartphone experience. On paper, one would think that the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S 2 and LG Optimus 2x would walk all over it due to their superior hardware but that was clearly not true. The iPhone matched them punch for punch and in most cases came out trumps.

          Aside from these issues, the iPhone is home to largest mobile apps store and also the best Mp3 player in the world. And, lest we forget, it also has the best smartphone screen out there and a more than capable 5-megapixel snapper. Looks wise, it holds all the aces at the same time providing a rock solid feel.

          Inspite of all the brilliance of the iPhone it still is not the best calling device and does not offer users access to the full web with the omission of Adobe Flash. The notification system leaves vast room for improvement and there are no widgets.

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          The iPhone’s arrival on a second network solidifies its position in the very top tier of 2011's smartphones

          from Computer Shopper (5 years ago)

          The iPhone comes with a one-year limited warranty and 90 days of toll-free telephone support. An extended AppleCare warranty will cover your iPhone for two more years; it costs $69 extra. That cost was not factored into the price of our test unit.After our testing, the question we were left with is... More

          The iPhone comes with a one-year limited warranty and 90 days of toll-free telephone support. An extended AppleCare warranty will cover your iPhone for two more years; it costs $69 extra. That cost was not factored into the price of our test unit.

          After our testing, the question we were left with is whether the Verizon iPhone is truly the answer to all of the AT&T version's problems. The answer, of course, is yes and no, based on your needs. If you live in a congested urban area where many of your friends and neighbors may have been constantly plagued with poor service, you may be pleasantly surprised. We can attest in our New York tests that we did not lose our service once in a week of heavy usage. Of course, you'll make the trade-off of the AT&T phone's ability to use data and voice at the same time, as well as the presumably faster 4G network that you won't be able to ride on with this phone.

          If AT&T's wireless-service quality has never been a problem for you, the AT&T version remains the winner here. And if you've been considering switching to an iPhone from another smartphone, there's nothing new here to sway you if the AT&T version didn't. But most of the ingenious and groundbreaking features from the AT&T version are here, solidifying the iPhone's position in the very top tier of 2011's smartphones.

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          8.9/10

          There's nothing new here except for the carrier

          from PC Magazine (5 years ago)

          So should you buy the Verizon iPhone? If you're an iPhone die-hard who hates AT&T, well, sure. This is your saviour. If you're a satisfied Verizon Droid owner: No. The iPhone 4 is good, but so are Verizon's other top-of-the-line smartphones. If you're looking at your first smartphone, the iPhone is... More

          So should you buy the Verizon iPhone? If you're an iPhone die-hard who hates AT&T, well, sure. This is your saviour. If you're a satisfied Verizon Droid owner: No. The iPhone 4 is good, but so are Verizon's other top-of-the-line smartphones. If you're looking at your first smartphone, the iPhone is a great choice.
          Finally, a note about the rating: The Verizon iPhone 4 gets four stars, even though the Droid X, HTC Incredible and AT&T's iPhone all received 4.5 stars. The difference is seven months, and innovation. When those phones were released, they offered breakthrough features and advanced the state of the art. While Verizon's iPhone 4 is an excellent smartphone, it's the same phone we've had on AT&T for seven months. It's just on a different carrier.

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          8/10

          It isn't as broadly appealing as when it orginally came out several months ago

          from iLounge (5 years ago)

          Though it might have been lost by some readers due to all the fuss over “antennagate,” our big picture view of both iPhone 4 models continues to be straightforward and generally positive. Apple’s improved screen, battery life, and dual cameras all represented big jumps ahead of the prior-generation... More

          Though it might have been lost by some readers due to all the fuss over “antennagate,” our big picture view of both iPhone 4 models continues to be straightforward and generally positive. Apple’s improved screen, battery life, and dual cameras all represented big jumps ahead of the prior-generation iPhones, and though the beautiful glass and metal enclosure wasn’t the company’s wisest design, users willing to encase the iPhone 4 on their own dime can benefit from and truly enjoy the performance improvements—ones that will feel dramatic until the fifth-generation iPhone comes along. To the extent that it trails the AT&T version’s release by so many months that the next iPhone is at this point just around the corner, the Verizon iPhone 4 isn’t as broadly appealing, but it will still satisfy the millions of current Verizon and disgruntled AT&T customers who just can’t wait any longer. Those who can wait will surely be rewarded soon enough by an even better device, and thanks to this product’s release, patient people will face shorter lines this summer than they otherwise would have encountered. That alone is reason to praise Apple and Verizon for taking the easiest path forward this time.

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          Apple's best-in-class design and superior apps paired with Verizon's strong 3G network make for a stellar combination

          from Laptop Magazine (5 years ago)

          It was worth the wait. The iPhone 4 on Verizon Wireless delivers the reliable data and voice coverage AT&T has failed to provide, making this device a dependable partner for work and play. Everything we love about Apple's smart phone is enhanced because you don't have to wait to get stuff done or wo... More

          It was worth the wait. The iPhone 4 on Verizon Wireless delivers the reliable data and voice coverage AT&T has failed to provide, making this device a dependable partner for work and play. Everything we love about Apple's smart phone is enhanced because you don't have to wait to get stuff done or wonder if your call will drop. In cities such as New York you can shop for and download apps, surf the web, start streaming YouTube videos, and a lot more much faster.

          Some may prefer the larger screen and unique perks such as HDMI on the Droid X, but the iPhone 4 won't face real competition until 4G phones--such as the HTC Thunderbolt and dual-core Motorola Droid Bionic--start rolling out for Verizon. Others may want to hold out until the summer to see if Apple launches the iPhone 5 for Verizon at the same time as AT&T. Right now, though, the Verizon iPhone 4 is the best choice. When you add up the luxurious design, razor-sharp (if small) display, app selection, ease of use, FaceTime, and top-notch camera and camcorder, this smart phone stands alone.

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          8/10

          The iPhone 4 already has some of the best hardware out there

          from PhoneArena (5 years ago)

          The Nokia N8 has a lot going for it. It is a multimedia powerhouse, packing a 12MP camera with a huge sensor, Carl-Zeiss lens, and a powerful Xenon flash. The Finnish handset also adds other notable virtues, that the iPhone 4 doesn't have, namely the ability to play almost any HD video file on a big... More

          The Nokia N8 has a lot going for it. It is a multimedia powerhouse, packing a 12MP camera with a huge sensor, Carl-Zeiss lens, and a powerful Xenon flash. The Finnish handset also adds other notable virtues, that the iPhone 4 doesn't have, namely the ability to play almost any HD video file on a big screen via HDMI-out, with 5.1 channel surround sound. It also offers USB-on-the-go, an FM transmitter, removable storage, and free lifetime navigation that works offline in most countries. This feature set will be enough for many, especially Nokia fans and photographers, to pick it over the iPhone 4.

          The Apple iPhone 4, on the other hand, also has a great camera, and the interface, like everything else on the phone, is very easy to learn and a pleasure to use right off the bat, compared to the functional, but more convoluted ways of Symbian^3. In the end, we have to say that it is not possible to leave out the App Store when comparing the iPhone 4 to another handset, just because it exists. It is rather hard to part with the comfort of your iPhone applications once you are sucked into that ecosystem, and Nokia cannot yet replicate that in the hotch-potch Ovi Store.

          If we leave the App Store out (and we shouldn't), we have to admit that Nokia has created a real multimedia Swiss Army Knife with the N8, by including some functions that the iPhone 4 doesn't have (FM transmitter, USB-on-the-go, HDMI-out). However, as the financial results of Nokia and Apple show, fighting with hardware means you have already lost the battle.

          Nokia N8 has very compelling extra features, but with the the Retina Display and the fast A4 chipset, the iPhone 4 already has some of the best hardware out there. On top of that, it is all crammed in the thinnest smartphone on the market, made of designer-grade materials. It also allows you to run some of the slickest programs ever made for a phone. And it is exactly the software, i.e. the overall people-friendly experience that matters most, and that's where Nokia has to play catch up now.

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          It is without doubt the best iPhone Apple has made, yet also perhaps the most careless

          from Wired (5 years ago)

          So two months down the line I remain besotted and bemused by the iPhone 4. It is without doubt the best iPhone Apple has made, yet also perhaps the most careless. Its redesign is exciting and durable (I've experienced virtually no wear and tear), but the facia looks increasingly dated with its huge... More

          So two months down the line I remain besotted and bemused by the iPhone 4. It is without doubt the best iPhone Apple has made, yet also perhaps the most careless. Its redesign is exciting and durable (I've experienced virtually no wear and tear), but the facia looks increasingly dated with its huge top and bottom bezels. The rear camera and video recording features are superb, but the much anticipated flash missed a trick being LED rather than Xenon. Meanwhile the multi-tasking in iOS 4 is both useful and slick, but requires judicious monitoring if you aren't to waste the benefits of the more capacious battery.
          For iPhone 3G users, upgrading to an iPhone 4 is a no brainer and if you are tempted to embrace all things Jobs you'll find it still offers a more slick and polished experience than any of its rivals. Then again I upgraded from a 3GS. Looking back it wasn't a necessary move and the less tech-headed have no need to make a similar move, but all-in-all I'm glad I did.

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          9/10

          iPhone 4 is THE best in every way

          (5 years ago)

          Compared to all the other phones in its class iPhone 4 is the most stylish, business motivated, and gaming friendly.

          Compared to all the other phones in its class iPhone 4 is the most stylish, business motivated, and gaming friendly.

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          5/10

          IPHONE 4

          (5 years ago)

          People complain about the IPHONE 4 because they do not know anything about the unit. I have sold hundreds of the IPHONE 4 and have had 0 come back with antenna issues! You people complaining on here need to take a step back and stop looking for a problem! Just because some person in the states decid... More

          People complain about the IPHONE 4 because they do not know anything about the unit. I have sold hundreds of the IPHONE 4 and have had 0 come back with antenna issues! You people complaining on here need to take a step back and stop looking for a problem! Just because some person in the states decided to start an i hate iphone wagon doesn't mean you need to jump on! or maybe you should jump on as it takes you to android and it fails. The IPHONE 4 is a superior device with problems just like anyother device on the market. I use a torch myself and have issues with it! NOTHING is perfect. Apple makes by far some of the best electronics that we use today. Enjoy your IPHONE! Buy an IPHONE you won't be disappointed

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          10/10

          Good phone bad problems

          (5 years ago)

          Personally i like Apple but the antenna issues make me think that they really just wanted to get the phone finished. I don't understand how they overlooked a problem such as this but they did. Apple I am sorry to say but you really screwed up on this one, and the idea of a bumper case is idiotic, wh... More

          Personally i like Apple but the antenna issues make me think that they really just wanted to get the phone finished. I don't understand how they overlooked a problem such as this but they did. Apple I am sorry to say but you really screwed up on this one, and the idea of a bumper case is idiotic, why wont i want to put it on my iPhone? It may help with the reception but is scratches up the metal antenna band. In other words if you put it on don't take it off. To anyone reading this don't get an iPhone 4 wait for a 4G-S or get a Samsung Galaxy S. I rate it what i rate it not just because of the problems but because of what was done right. By the way if you decide to buy make sure you Jailbreak.

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          6/10

          I like Fruit

          (5 years ago)

          The Apple Iphone 4 is a very enjoyable device. Everything you expect of a new Apple device. Its fast, its easy to use and a lot of fun. I'm never bored or frustrated when i have to wait now :)

          The Apple Iphone 4 is a very enjoyable device. Everything you expect of a new Apple device. Its fast, its easy to use and a lot of fun. I'm never bored or frustrated when i have to wait now :)

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          9.7/10

          iPhone 4 ?

          (5 years ago)

          I should've listened to my first instinct, which was to wait for the next iPhone release. I am now on my Second iPhone 4 from Rogers, after my first one repeatedly dropped calls and had major proximity issues. I am so used to an Apple phone since I have used the 3G from its release in Canada. I di... More

          I should've listened to my first instinct, which was to wait for the next iPhone release. I am now on my Second iPhone 4 from Rogers, after my first one repeatedly dropped calls and had major proximity issues. I am so used to an Apple phone since I have used the 3G from its release in Canada. I did not want to transfer to another phone and software. I am disappointed with Apple for not testing enough! Their slogan "This changes everything again" is true, but I am not sure for the better. The next iPhone will most likely be fixed, Apple won't risk all this bad publicity again. If you have a 3GS I would wait for the next release.

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          4/10

          antenna woes

          (5 years ago)

          well I picked up this phone and when I went to make calls on it the reception was horrid. I am in the AV industry and when I measured the reception agains my RIM Curve and Bold the Iphone was not even able to get a call in. So I go online to find out what is going on with the phone. Well there wa... More

          well I picked up this phone and when I went to make calls on it the reception was horrid. I am in the AV industry and when I measured the reception agains my RIM Curve and Bold the Iphone was not even able to get a call in. So I go online to find out what is going on with the phone. Well there was a storm of confusion. Steve Jobs later goes on record saying that there is no problem its that we are holding it wrong which is what the foreign person from customer service advised me first. What !!!! I am holding the phone wrong??? Ok this didnt work out too good for Jobs so he advised that the software was incorrect and that the reception meter on the firmware was faulty and there was an upgrade. WHAT!! ??? The cure is to make a program mod on the reception meter such that it shows you are getting better reception than you really are!!!!??? Then I find out that the only reason that there is any further responses is that Consumer Reports cannot give a blessing on the phone due to the same issue I am having and that it is a design problem. Later btw I find out that there was an engineer from Apple that advised the top management at Apple that they would incur this problem due to the design of having the antenna on the outside of the phone. Note the people in customer service overseas keep giving me the same stupid responses that I see from Steve Jobs. Later I hear that they had intended to sell people a 30 dollar bumper to go over the antenna area. My sencore equipment verifies that the issue of the reception is no different with the new version of software. Look ... I need the interface to program for some customers that want the phone and or ipad for part of their integration package but there is much better ways of getting this done. Personally I would not recommend the phone due to the company response. Blatently Apple thinks you are an idiot. To further go on that other phones have the same issue is patently false as the antenna on the outside of the phone is unique to the iphone 4 product. In any event I cant use this as a phone and couldnt use the prior versions as a phone or for email either as it pales in comparison as being dependable. If you want an expensive toy other than for phone or email than go ahead but keep even a cheap motorola or other proven phone to use when you need to make calls. Note I always have to jailbreak the phone to get it to do what I need it to do. Since Apple is becoming more mainstream in the industry they are going to have some issues when they put out products that don't work well or as good as others. In my view they should have stayed a niche company with a fan base that are well... impressed with the esthetic of a product and not what it really does. The fan base is gullable and will buy products that are more expensive and really provide less. Hopefully Apple will change but with the arrogance of the Adobe fight with flash, and now this phone release and these feckless responses to a real problem, the arrogance is not going to go away. I have to rate the phone low because it is a phone first and foremost and when I hold it normally it just does not work. The recent response giving grips on other older phones is proof of a company that is completely oblivious of how to do damage control. This is a elementary design issue that was brought to the attention of apple early in the design and they forged ahead and deserve what they get.

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          2.3/10