Pros Easy to use, intuitive interface, great display, best Web surfing capabilities in a smartphone. Ability to sync work email--a small portable office fit for my small business, plus an iPod for after-hours.
Cons Keyboard takes a bit getting used to, but it "learns" the words you use frequently, making typing easier as time goes by.
Summary A giant technological leap over the Windows 6 mobile phone I just replaced. Thankful that Apple was allowed to design the device and software, not the cellular carriers. 32 GB model has more than enough capacity for me.
Pros 1. It is on Verizon Wireless so even if the antenna may not be the best the signal from Verizon can go through walls. I work in the radiology department and this is the only phone that works with walls lined with lead. Never had an issue with reception
Cons 1.Can't surf the web and talk at same time.However, rumor has it that this won't be an issue with new I phone 5 from Verizon running G4 network which is currently running my laptop.This network is blazing fast when compared to 3G. However, Verizon may dis
Summary So far best phone out there on unlimited data plan with the best network. We'll see what the Verizon iPhone 5 brings.
Pros Tremendous display
Apple ease of use
Summary Well the antenna/reception is nowhere near the quality of previous Verizon phones I've had, but everything else about this phone is awesome. It doesn't really drop calls for me, but I do have receptions and interruptions that I never dealt with before. I don't have a bumper on it though.
The display and functionality of this phone are tremendous. I probably should have waited for the next version because the 3G is still pretty slow, but there are so many cool apps on this phone I don't care. I can download shows for my kid to watch in the car and I'm addicted to Angry Birds. Already looking forward to the improvements Apple makes with this device in the next two years.
Pros - User interface
- large app marketplace
- media integration
- battery life
Cons - lack of IR blaster
- screen could be larger
Summary I absolutely love this phone. I had a Motorola Droid before and was very unhappy with the interfacing, as well as the sluggish operating system. I love Apple's media integration (Android lacks this) which makes it so easy to transfer movies and music. I highly recommend this phone and look forward to getting the iPhone 5.
Pros +Solidly built product
+Good user interface
+Calls do not drop
Cons -Data speeds surprisingly slow
-Signal often weak (in Wash DC area)
-Certain basic functions you should be able to do on a smartphone without paying for an app (especially after having dropped $300 for this device)
Summary A solidly built Apple product with a nice user interface on reliable Verizon network. However, that reliable Verizon network also has painfully SLOW data speeds at times and doesn't always have a very strong signal.
I've been a Verizon customer for over 5 years and have generally been pleased with their network. Prior to purchasing the iPhone I had a basic flip phone that I rarely used for any data needs. It was used almost exclusively for voice calls. I considered jumping over to ATT when the iPhone initially came out, but the constant rumor that Verizon would "soon" be getting the iPhone kept me with Verizon -- then it actually happened (albeit 3 years later). So I was more than happy when this was announced and placed my order promptly. With my new iPhone in hand I've been mostly pleased with the performance (I had a 3 gen iPod Touch prior to this and was familiar with the interface and functionality).
That being said, there is one consideration that should weigh pretty heavily for any user considering a Verizon iPhone vs. an AT&T iPhone. And that's data speed. I've never been a customer with AT&T but have friends who have an AT&T iPhone. My experience has been when using data apps on their phones (surfing the web, using maps, or any app that requires downloading/uploading data) it is a pretty fast connection. However, I've found on numerous occasions (this is especially true when using maps or navigational apps) my Verizon iPhone has been painfully slow - if not totally ineffective. Needless to say, I'm pretty disappointed having waited this long for iPhone to come to Verizon only to find their data speeds are mediocre at best. I know AT&T has the dropped call issue so I guess you have to pick which poison is more tolerable.
Bottom line, Verizon doesn't drop calls but their data speeds kinda suck - which is a significant issue. So the question is do you want to suffer lame data speeds (Verizon) or dropped calls (AT&T)? You shouldn't have to suffer either one, but if you want an iPhone those are currently your choices.