Confirming what everyone suspected: Yes, the Verizon iPhone gets better
than its AT&T counterpart. Reviews of the new smartphone
(available on February 10), are streaming in from The New York Times,
The Wall Street Journal, Wired and elsewhere. While everyone agrees that
Verizon gives iPhone users less dropped calls, each reviewer noted a
few caveats to the Verizon iPhone's otherwise sparkling review:
- Verizon's Policies Suck, notes David Pogue
at The New York Times: "Even if Verizon's network is the best in
America, its policies and prices are still among the worst. This is the
company, after all, that admitted to billing $2 every time you
accidentally hit the up-arrow button," although that was later undone. "This is the company that just eliminated its 'new phone every two years'
discount policy, that just cut its new-phone return policy to 14 days
from 30, that doubled its early-termination fee (to $350 if you cancel
your two-year contract before it’s up)."
- Verizon Has Slower Data Speeds, writes Walter Mossberg
at The Wall Street Journal, testing them himself. "Despite a few Verizon victories here and there,
AT&T’s network averaged 46% faster at download speeds and 24% faster
at upload speeds. This speed difference was noticeable while doing
tasks like downloading large numbers of emails, or waiting for
complicated Web pages to load. AT&T’s speeds varied more while
Verizon’s were more consistent, but overall, AT&T was more
satisfying at cellular data."
- There's One Big Downside to a CDMA Network, writes Jason Snell
at Macworld: "Unlike AT&T's 3G network, which can transmit data and
voice simultaneously, the Verizon 3G network can only do one or the
- It's Basically the Same Phone, writes John Gruber at
Daring Fireball: "The only differences are (a) a brief period of
Verizon exclusivity for the Wi-Fi hotspot feature, and (b) the network.
And Verizon's network is better... A lot of people have been waiting for
four years for this phone. The funny thing is, by next month, the
Verizon iPhone is going to seem like the most normal thing in the
- I Disagree, counters Brian Chen
at Wired: "[It's] a better phone, period. More likely to pull a signal,
even indoors - this could change the way we converse at bars.
Hot-spotting is well-integrated and very easy to use. Has a whiter,
slightly better-looking display."
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