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 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.

Mark Spoonauer
Mark Spoonauer
Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptop Mag and Tom's Guide, 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.
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  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…

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