Verizon iPhone 4 Hands-on: Speed Test vs. AT&T, Hotspot Feature in Action

Here’s the deal. There’s really nothing that new about the iPhone 4 for Verizon Wireless. The antenna bands are located in different places (on the top and bottom on each side), and the ringer switch sits slightly lower (so existing cases won’t work), but it’s really all about the network. Otherwise, Apple reps say the iPhone for Verizon–launching in February for $199–is the same weight, has the same sweet Retina display, and has the same great camera and camcorder, plus FaceTime. You even get the same battery life, which is good. So how much better is the 3G network? (Sorry, no 4G here, folks.) Check out our hands-on below, including test results, video, and a gallery. Hint: Verizon is faster…so far.

Verizon isn’t slammed with millions of iPhone owners yet, but in our tests today in New York the Verizon iPhone was faster both on the download and upload. In our first test, we pit the Verizon and AT&T versions against one another to load CNN.com. The Verizon version of the device completed the task a few seconds faster. Keep in mind, though, that the Verizon CDMA iPhone can’t handle voice and data at the same time like the AT&T version.

Next, we used the iPhone 4′s Mobile Hotspot feature, which allows Verizon subscribers to connect up to five devices. We used our AT&T iPhone to connect 1.73 Mbps down and 340 Kbps up, considerably better than the 780 Kbps down and mealy 50 Kbps we got with the AT&T iPhone using its 3G connection.

AUTHOR BIO
Mark Spoonauer
Mark Spoonauer
Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptopmag.com, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.
Mark Spoonauer on
Twitter Google+
LEAVE A REPLY
Name*
Email* (will not be published)
Website
*Indicates required field
Comments*
Submit Comments

  1. wetdog2 Says:

    Which was the faster hotspot? I think there’s a typo or two as you list both phones as AT&T and call one of them mealy instead of measly.

  2. Birte Says:

    Looking forward to some more detailed news about the iPhone4 but thanks for the nice hotspot test!

  3. cynyc Says:

    I just did a test on AT&T (1:35PM) and I got 4.40 Mbps down and 1.56Mbps up…

FIND A REVIEW
Laptops
All Product Types Accessories Cars Digital Camcorders Digital Cameras eReaders GPS Laptops MP3 & Video Players Projectors Smartphones Software Storage Tablets / MIDs VoIP Wi-Fi
All Subcategories
All Subcategories All-Purpose Budget Business Desktop Replacement Gaming Multimedia Netbook Nettop Rugged Student Tablet PCs Ultraportable
Brand
Acer Alienware Apple Archos ASUS Averatec BenQ CTL Corp. Dell Digital Storm eMachines Emtec Everex Fujitsu GammaTech Gateway General Dynamics Getac Gigabyte Hercules HP HTC iBuyPower Intel Lenovo MSI Nokia Nvidia OCZ OLPC OQO Origin Panasonic Sager Samsung Sony Sylvania Systemax TabletKiosk Toshiba Verizon Viewsonic Viliv VooDoo Workhorse PC ZT Systems
Minimum Rating
Any Rating 4.5 Stars 4.0 Stars 3.5 Stars 3.0 Stars
Screen Size
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 4 5 6 7 8 9
Resolution
1024x576 1024x600 1024x768 1200X800 1280 x 720 1280x1024 1280x768 1280x800 1366x678 1366x768 1440x1050 1440x900 1600x768 1600x900 1680x1050 1680x945 1920x1080 1920x1200 800x400 800x480
Weight Range
10.1 - 12.0 pounds 12.1 - 14.0 pounds 14.1 - 16.0 pounds 2 lbs 2 pounds and under 2+ lbs 2.1 - 4.0 pounds 4.1 - 6.0 pounds 6.1 - 8.0 pounds 8.1 - 10.0 pounds Over 16 pounds Under 2 pounds
more options
SUBSCRIBE