Today, I’m going to talk about the experiences I’ve had with the Verizon iPhone 4. This is not my first iPhone; I’ve had the iPhone 3G and 3GS, but they were both on AT&T’s network. After my 3GS got *ahem* wet, I switched somehow to Verizon and got a Motorola Droid. When I first got it, it was alright, but throughout the life of the machine, Google continued to update the operating system, adding new features and tools. After six months, it was almost a new phone, and full of features that didn’t come with it. I liked it, but when I got the chance to get a Verizon iPhone 4, it just felt right. It was like a homecoming: I was finally going to be able to move back to my original smart phone platform and redownload all my old pre-purchased iOS apps. So far so good.
The Verizon service with my Android phone was superior to any other mobile service I’d ever had. The AT&T service I had with my earlier iPhones dropped calls like crazy. The phone even had a helpful little app that let you report when you dropped calls, as if they couldn’t tell. Well the Verizon iPhone has not dropped a call yet on my account. It sounds great and has worked everywhere without roaming. However, its not all rosy glasses for me. The iPhone 4 is cool, granted, but it lacked full Google integration that I got used to with my Android phone. Also the GPS is non-existent on the iPhone. There are of course great apps, you can BUY, but the Android’s map feature was awesome and free. That was a main qualm, since I used the Android GPS frequently.
The iPhone does seem to have a much better camera than my Motorola Droid (the original, not X or 2). The video it gets sounds great and looks great. The pictures are stunning. For some reason, my Droid always looked dark. The iPhone is brilliant with bright colors and screen. There are some new apps that I’ve been interested in and I like that more developers are writing apps for the iPhone than for the Droid. Another cool app is the AT&T U-Verse App, which allows me to set my DVR and watch shows on the run. I’ll probably do another review on the U-Verse service after I’ve used it a bit longer.
In conslusion, the Verizon iPhone does not drop calls like its AT&T counterpart, but it lacks some of the Google integration I got used to on the Android platform. All in all, the best iPhone I’ve owned on the best service out there.