iPhone 4 has finally landed on Verizon's network. In a media event held in New York city on January 11th 2011, Verizon Wireless's President & COO Lowell McAdam announced the arrival of much anticipated iPhone 4 on Verizon's network. Let's have a glance at Verizon iPhone 4 specifications and see if CDMA iPhone 4 lives up to the expectations?
Verizon iPhone 4 is a new model but it's almost identical to AT&T version released back in June, 2010. It has identical metallic chases with same dimensions, A4 processor, 5 MP camera, FaceTime, HD video and it comes with same 16GB/32GB flash memory.
iPhone 4 originally came with iOS 4.0. It was a significant update in iOS platform as it brought demanded features like multitasking, conversation views in the messaging, homescreen folders and many other improvements. CDMA iPhone 4 will be powered by iOS 4.2.6 which comes with few enhancements like "Personal Hotspot" feature, it allows users to convert iPhone 4 into a mobile WiFi hotspot which supports up to five simultaneous WiFi connections. WiFi Hotspot automatically powers down after five minutes if there are no clients attached to save the battery.
We all know that iPhone customers are dissatisfied with AT&T's network. Ever since iPhone arrived on AT&T's GSM network, it has struggled with iPhone load. Dropped calls and poor data connection speeds are common issues on AT&T's network. On the other hand, Verizon's network reputation for speed and reliability is far better. Users are expecting CDMA iPhone 4 to resolve their coverage and speed issue they are facing on AT&T.
Apple, for testing purpose, has already released iPhone 4 to few editors and journalists and their feedback is positive so far. No dropped calls and voice quality issues have been reported so far. Only issue with CDMA iPhone is its inability to do simultaneous voice calls and cellular data. A voice call will stop the data session till it is completed, data session is restored immediately after the voice call. I think users would be fine with switchover between data and voice as long it's working fine as we usually don't need to use both data and voice at the same time.
Battery life of CDMA iPhone 4 is same as GSM model, it has up to 7 hrs talk time, up to 300 hrs standby, 6 hrs of cellular browsing and 10 Hrs of WiFi browsing.
Verizon iPhone 4 is available at the same price as AT&T iPhone 4, $199 for 16GB version and $299 for 32GB, both with two year contracts. General sale begins at Feb, 10th 2011.
In contrast, AT&T offers cheaper data plans but Verizon is offering unlimited access. Voice plans on the other hand are roughly comparable. It's a trade off but with unlimited data access, Verizon's data plans look more promising.
In a nutshell, CDMA iPhone is a good phone and it has performed the way we wanted it to. It's hard to recommend that one should transition to Verizon from AT&T or not. The decision is heavily dependent on user experience, along with many unsatisfied AT&T customers there are many happy users as well who face no issues, hence they don't need to shift to Verizon as data/voice plans are more or less the same. However, if you have concerns with AT&T's performance, it's worth shifting to Verizon for an improved user experience. [via Slashgear]Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback