PCWorld says AT&T iPhone 4 likely 67% faster than Verizon, on average
Since the Verizon iPhone announcement two days ago there has been a lot of discussion about how the iPhone will perform on the Verizon CDMA 3G network. AT&T has been taking it on the chin for awhile, so they have been actively participating in some damage control and have taken an aggressive posture in their own defense. On the day of the Verizon announcement AT&T released this statement:
"For iPhone users who want the fastest speeds, the ability to talk and use apps at the same time, and unsurpassed global coverage,
the only choice is AT&T."
Of course AT&T is referring to something that was downplayed in the Verizon announcement, the inability to multi-task on the Verizon CDMA network. With my iPhone 4 on the AT&T network I can be on a call and update my Facebook status or post on Twitter while I'm still talking. You won't be able to do that on Verizon.
And AT&T isn't the only one pointing out some facts that may have been conveniently left out during all the Verizon hoopla. PCWorld has released a report with a direct comparison of the iPhone 4 on Verizon and AT&T, referring to their most recent 3G speed test. Using that existing data but without doing a new test with the Verizon iPhone 4, they show the iPhone to be 67% faster on AT&T than it is on Verizon and Sprint (Sprint is rumored to be getting the iPhone too), on average. They do warn however that those results could change once they can test with an actual iPhone 4 on Verizon's network.
Verizon still is regarded as the winner when it comes to connection reliability but the data shows that when connected on AT&T, the 3G speed is much better. PCWorld also released an interesting comparison chart, shown below.
The ability to multi-task is a deal-breaker for me. There are times when I tether my iPhone 4 to my laptop to use it for Internet access. If I couldn't tweet, check email and post on Facebook while talking on my iPhone I would lose a lot of time (and probably a lot of friends due to sudden hang-ups). And now that there are rumors of the mobile hotspot feature being part of the iOS 4.3 update, it looks like the AT&T iPhone customers will have that feature soon too.
Stronger than before, I recommend a "wait-and-see" approach before jumping to the iPhone 4 on Verizon.