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Posted at 9:04 AM ET, 02/ 7/2011

Verizon iPhone: Review Roundup

By Hayley Tsukayama

It's been a week since preorders for the Verizon iPhone, and reviewers have been weighing in with their two cents on the CDMA version of the Apple handset.

Overally, the reviews have been good for the phone. Most reviewers say there's a marked improvement in call quality, reliability and coverage.

The New York Times' David Pogue says the handset is an "iconic, beautiful, fast, elegant iPhone -- that doesn't drop calls." Addressing concerns about taking and surfing, Pogue says it's no big deal, especially since one can use WiFi for surfing during calls.

Over at the Wall Street Journal, Walt Mossberg says "Verizon did much, much better with voice calls" than with AT&T." He also said the hotspot features worked well, though he noted that AT&T announced it would jump into that market. He also said that AT&T data speeds were still faster on the AT&T iPhone by "a fairly significant amount." Mossberg also mentioned that the Verizon iPhone won't work in as many international markets.

Wired's Brian Chen said that he can finally use the iPhone as phone, reviewing the handset from a notorious AT&T dead zone, San Francisco. His main complaints about the phone were its sluggish data speeds which made for uglier YouTube and Netflix videos, and slow app installs.

CNET's reviewer, Kent German says he likes the phone, which gives sharp voice quality, cuts out background noise and rarely drops calls. Even so, German said it's too early to count AT&T out of the fight, especially with the exciting lineup of Android phones out there. The iPhone can hardly count on dominating the market, German said, it's just "one player on a very competitive field."

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 7, 2011; 9:04 AM ET
Categories:  Apple, Gadgets, Mobile  
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