Verizon gets the iPhone, but there’s a few things you should know…

It was really no big surprise, but Verizon officially announced today that they are finally getting the iPhone. It will go on sale February 10th, 2011.

Personally, I don’t have any plans to switch right now. But, if you’ve been waiting for your chance to jump from AT&T to Verizon, there are a few important things you need to know before pulling out your wallet:

  • If you already have an iPhone, kiss it goodbye. You can’t take it with you. You’ll have to buy a new one from Verizon.
  • Because Verizon uses a CDMA network, their version of the iPhone will not allow you to use voice and data simultaneously the same way AT&T’s GSM network does.
  • Due to some slight variations in the iPhone itself, many iPhone 4 cases may not fit your new Verizon iPhone.

Personally, I won’t even consider switching until the iPhone 5 comes out. Hopefully Apple will release it on both carriers at the same time, and the Verizon version will use LTE (their next-generation network). If Apple holds to their previous pattern, we should see the iPhone 5 around mid-year.

Tron, True Grit, and The Tourist

Happy New Year! OK, I know… I’m a little late. I was traveling for for the second half of December, and I got a little swamped when I got back home.

I did manage to see a few movies over the holidays…

Tron Legacy

Tron Legacy

I saw Tron Legacy in 3D IMAX, and it was awesome! I personally thought it was a worthy sequel to the 1982 classic (which I loved). They did a great job maintaining the overall feel of the original film (including long sequences of electronic music), while updating it with all the latest and greatest eye-candy. The story wasn’t half bad either. I enjoyed it enough that I may even see it again.

True Grit

True Grit

The Coen brothers did a really excellent job with this remake of the 1969 film starring John Wayne. I like the original movie, but I personally thought this version was way better. Although the two versions have a lot of similarities, the new one has a much greater sense of realism. Plus, I’m a big Jeff Bridges fan… who does a great job in this role.

The Tourist

The Tourist

Out of the movies I saw over the holidays, The Tourist was my least favorite. It stars Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie… and that’s really the only thing this film had going for it. I didn’t hate it, but I did find it very predictable and a little slow. I like both of these actors, but I thought their performances were merely adequate. I could have easily skipped this one in the theater and waited for it to come on TV.