Verizon iPhone 4 Non-Review: No Really, Just Wait.

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The Verizon iPhone 4 is here. It's been exhaustively reviewed and it's exactly what we thought it would be. We still think you should wait.


From the reviews, it's clear that it is the better than the AT&T iPhone 4 in the following ways:

Clearer (but not perfect) calls, with more reliable reception in more places
• More attractive (we're suckers for symmetry)
• Wi-Fi hotspot powers (which are probably coming to AT&T, eventually—AT&T says they're "working" on it, and they've gotta be powerful embarassed Verizon has it and they don't)

Everybody loved it. Even though data speeds are slower, and you can't talk and use data at the same time.

Other than that, it is the very same iPhone 4. Okay, well not technically. But functionally, it's the same iPhone 4 that was released eight months ago. The same iPhone that will be replaced by a newer, better model in a handful of months.

It takes a certain kind person to predicate their happiness on having the newest, most amazingest gadget at all times. It's okay, I don't judge you. But if you're thinking about getting the Verizon iPhone 4 for that reason, think again. It's already eight months old. You'll be much happier when you're not locked into a two-year contract with an eight-month-old iPhone when the next one is announced. Put another way, you've waited four years for the iPhone on Verizon—what's another few months?


It's a common counter-adage that if you're always waiting for the next thing, you'll never buy anything. That's true! But it's also true there are better times to buy technological things than others. I would never tell anybody to buy an eight-month old smartphone, iPhone or no. And when it comes to new iPhones, the best time to buy is the summer. If you absolutely need a phone on Verizon right now, the iPhone 4 is probably the best thing you can buy. I just hope you won't feel your gut drop when the next iPhone is announced.



I think you have the advice a bit backwards there. You said "I would never tell anybody to buy an eight-month old smartphone, iPhone or no."

But wait, aren't *all* the best smartphones on the market right now 8-months old, or even older? The Evo, Droid X, Droid 2, Galaxy S, and yes, iPhone 4 are all long in the tooth, but they all still represent the top of the line market. The Nexus S is only half that age, but it actually doesn't offer many improvements on last summer's batch of Android powerhouses.

So, what you should have said was "I would never tell anybody to buy *any* smartphone right now. Wait until summer, iPhone or no."