*Review* Verizon iPhone delivers the bells and whistles

It’s practically impossible to not know about the iPhone. Earlier this year when the iPhone was released on the Verizon network, it was like the marriage of a picture perfect prince and princess. Verizon previously carried Android and Windows Mobile devices, but the addition of the iPhone to the line-up made them unstoppable. And the iPhone delivers everything you’d expect, but on Verizon’s rock steady network.

Apple iPhone 4

I’m an Android user. I carry a Droid X and have not come in contact with an Android phone I didn’t love. But I also have an iPod Touch, which I got long before my Android device. In fact, we purchased it on our way to the hospital when I was in labor with our second child. It’s awesome video capability got me through some boring times and the built-in WiFi let me update my Facebook status and keep in touch with family via e-mail while the baby and I spent out first few days on the maternity ward. The one thing that powerful little device was missing was a camera and a phone. They’d add the camera in a later generation iPod Touch. The phone came as the iPhone. When Verizon offered me an iPhone to test out, I jumped at the opportunity. I thought it would be like combining two of my favorite devices, my iPod and my phone. Well, it was so much more than that.

The iPhone is a phone, but it’s also a scheduler, e-mail device, social media agent, camera and video camera in my pocket. The one feature that I thought was really neat was Facetime. The ability to face-to-face chat with other Apple users was super neat. I think installed Skype and found I could video chat with pretty much anyone I wanted anywhere I wanted and at any time we thought would work.

I found a lot of useful apps. Aside from Facebook and the Twitter app, I also enjoyed playing a little Angry Birds, using the Today Show app and checking out information on the Royal Wedding on the go. The ability to listen to my music, take and send pictures, capture hi-def videos and transfer it nearly seamlessly onto my computer was hugely convenient and enticing.

Unfortunately, I’m in my phone for another year. But that doesn’t mean you are. If you are in the market for a new phone, Verizon or not, consider the iPhone on Verizon’s network. The coverage was fantastic. The device was solid (it held up in my purse). The applications were useful and the phone was intuitive.

And now the fine print: Verizon Wireless provided me with an iPhone 4 for review purposes. I spent about a week getting to know the phone. The views and opinions expressed here are purely my own.

Courtney Lawless

Courtney is the traveling mom! She has 3 girls and is the founder of Detroit Mommies and currently lives in Florida. You can follow her on Twitter @courtneyRVL.

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