- Mark Spoonauer , Laptop Magazine
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.
- Vincent Nguyen , SlashGear
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.
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.
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)
Reviews (8.3/10 Avg. rating)
It will deliver the unique and satisfying iOS experience
The Apple iPhone 4 contains all the features necessary to create an ideal multimedia cell phone
A hugely impressive smartphone
Dated hardware and steep price tag but fast performance
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 t... Full review
The iPhone’s arrival on a second network solidifies its position in the very top tier of 2011's smartphones
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 ple... Full review
There's nothing new here except for the carrier
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 ad... Full review
It isn't as broadly appealing as when it orginally came out several months 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 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 alo... Full review
Apple's best-in-class design and superior apps paired with Verizon's strong 3G network make for a stellar combination
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... Full review
The iPhone 4 already has some of the best hardware out there
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 iPho... Full review
It is without doubt the best iPhone Apple has made, yet also perhaps the most careless
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 mo... Full review
iPhone 4 is THE best in every way
Compared to all the other phones in its class iPhone 4 is the most stylish, business motivated, and gaming friendly.Less
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 disappointedLess
Good phone bad problems
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.Less
I like Fruit
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 :)Less
iPhone 4 ?
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.Less
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.Less
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