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Verizon Apple iPhone 4 review roundup

Review by Michael Oryl on Thursday February 03, 2011.

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The initial round of Verizon Wireless Apple iPhone 4 reviews are in, and in general they are pretty much what we expected: it's an iPhone 4, the voice calls are better, the data speeds are often slower, otherwise everything is pretty the same.

Engadget suggests that Verizon and Apple "did the impossible: they made the best smartphone in America just a little bit better," in spite of the lack of simultaneous voice and data.

USA Today noted that "If you are using a navigation application when you receive a call, the navigation pauses while you take the call and resumes when you hang up. And when on a call, you can send, receive and read text messages. You can use the iPhone for other purposes while a call is in progress, such as going through your contacts list to pull a phone number."

Wired summed up the new voice call quality by quoting a friend of the author: "Holy crap, you sound so much better. That's amazing. I can actually hear you."

AllThingsD's Walt Mossberg agrees on the improved voice quality, but says "if you really care about data speed, or travel overseas, and AT&T service is tolerable in your area, you may want to stick with AT&T."

Slashgear notes that while the hardware is externally almost exactly the same, "the slightly repositioned ringer mute switch on the Verizon version may mean that tight fitting cases such as 'bumpers' no longer fit. Apple's official bumper has been updated to suit both variants, but if you plan on using your existing cases then you might find things don't quite line up."

PCMag talks a bit about the slightly altered antenna design, noting that it seems to work well: "I also gave the Verizon iPhone a similar [death] grip and never saw the bars drop down." It was also noted, though, that bars are a weak indication of antenna performance. In any case, the phone's mobile hotspot feature was a hit.

LaptopMag sums it up quite well: "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."

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Michael Oryl
Michael is the Philadelphia based owner and former editor-in-chief of MobileBurn.com. You can follow him on Twitter as @MichaelOryl

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