Conclusion: Our lab tests show that Verizon's iPhone 4 is just as good as the popular AT&T model, if not slightly better. If you've been lusting for an iPhone, but AT&T's network coverage doesn't work for you, the Verizon iPhone will be your savior.
Pros: Beautiful ultra-high-res screen. Thousands of apps. Wi-Fi hotspot mode.
Excerpt: After years as an iPhone customer on AT&T, I forgot what it was like to have a reliable, working phone. But over the weekend, when I called buddies with both an AT&T iPhone 4 and subsequently a Verizon iPhone 4, we could immediately tell the difference.
Pros: 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.
Cons: Slow data transfers compared to the AT&T iPhone. Sluggish app installs take away from the App Store’s instant gratification. Video streams are compressed more heavily, so Netflix and YouTube are uglier. No simultaneous voice and data transmissions thanks to the limitations of CDMA.
Summary: 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.
Excerpt: The Apple iPhone is no longer the Superman of the cellphone world, despite all the hoopla, lines and glitz. Every carrier now has (or will have) at least one comparable Android superphone to the iPhone 4, such as Sprint’s EVO 4G , T-Mobile’s Google Nexus, the upcoming Droid X from Verizon on July...
Excerpt: Apple’s fourth-generation iPhone makes its predecessors look like toys. Heck, even the iPad looks sissy now. It’s an impressive upgrade. The iPhone 4 ditches the curvy plastic case of the older models in favor of a thinner, squared-off glass body laced with a stainless-steel band.
Pros: Incredible display. FaceTime video chat is futuristic fun. Thinner profile feels great in your pocket. 5-megapixel camera could replace your point-and-shoot.
Cons: The phone — one of the most important features — is still frustratingly unreliable. Antenna flaw for some lefties is lame. White balance in photos and videos is slightly off.
Conclusion: Continuing reception issues aside, the iPhone 4 is the best iPhone yet, and it's still one of the best smartphones on the market. After 4 years, the competition is catching up though, and we've seen this before with Apple.
Pros: Beautiful design, sharp display, Facetime.
Cons: Not a phone you want to drop, reception and call quality iffy.