Friday, January 14, 2011

Verizon iPhone 4 (Good or Bad ?)

Dear Reader

I got my first iPhone in 2008, it was the iPhone 3 or second generation iPhone, it was a lot better experience than my aging BlackBerry. I am a Mac user and have been a Mac user since 1996; the problem with the BlackBerry it was not very Mac friendly. One would have to buy a copy of the "Missing Sync" to make it compatible with the Mac. The iPhone 3 worked flawless with my MacBook Pro, especially since I had a Mobile Me account. One complaint, "Apple can you make some of those features like iCal and address syncing free?" I regress, the iPhone 3 became my personal assistant, helping me find nearby restaurant or a mall. When I went to Seattle for the first time, it helped find the right bus from Seatac to Seattle and back. I really like the Google apps too, especially the map.

Move forward this week to Verizon announcement that they are FINALLY getting the iPhone; one question, "why so long"? Though my experience with both the iPhone 3 and the iPhone 4 was positive, the dropped calls was and is annoying. Verizon has a better network, who but AT & T would argue. There are things I like about AT & T too; being able to surf the net and talk at the same time; the 3G network is fast, I have recorded speeds up to 3800 kilo bits per second, my Verizon speed on their 3G network was/is twice as slow. Verizon is rolling out their 4G LITE network, sadly the new iPhone 4 will only work on the 3G network.

I am glad Verizon is going to be selling the iPhone 4; it makes sense for Apple and Verizon. Many would say that the iPhone is the best smart phone, it has the best ecosystem in terms of iTunes and over 300,000 apps. It syncs flawlessly with my Macs, and the iPhone 4 has excellent battery life. I think Apple needed Verizon to expand its growing domestic base, because Google Android phones is a great alternative to the iPhone. For the first time, the Google phone outsold the iPhone in the fourth quarter of 2010. By having the iPhone with Verizon givers consumers an option, other than AT & T.

Their are both pros and cons about Verizon, this iPhone will not work on their 4G network which is unfortunate; but it will have better cell coverage. If you are a Verizon customer who has been waiting for the iPhone to come to this fold, this is great news. If you are tired of AT & T, this is the perfect time to jump ship. For the moment, I am going to stay with AT & T and wait to see what Apple is going to do to update the iPhone latter this year. In my opinion, the network is a lot better, I am not getting as many dropped calls and AT & T has lowered the cost of the various plans.

What do you think? E-mail me I would like to know.

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