Oh baby, I’ve joined the future, or at least the present. Last weekend Scott and I got up early to arrive at an Apple store before it opened in order to get iPhones. Was getting there early entirely neccessary? Not really. At 45 minutes until it opened were we the first ones there? Nope. Did being there early cut down on our wait time? Yes, there was a slightly miserable looking line that had formed by the time we were leaving the store.
This is how we justified the cost of this little luxury: instead of paying a whole lot for cell phone service we barely use, we’re paying a whole lot more for mobile devices we’ll be using all the time. During the last few months, which I like to think of as our Justification Period, I’ve been noting all the moments where having an iPhone could solve problems. Small problems, problems like: Are the I-5 Express Lanes open right now? Who was the actress in that movie? How much yarn do I need to buy to make that sweater again? Are we going to talk those eight blocks just to discover Stellar Pizza is closed today? Is this cheaper on Amazon? What was that third thing I needed for the recipe? Why don’t we have any music to listen to right now?
This is the advice we were given by friends upon announcing we were getting iPhones:
– After 9 p.m. you can check if your Apple store will have your phone in stock the next day.
– Go to the store earlier in the day to get a voucher. You can either stand in line right away, or come back later in the
hopes the line will be shorter. The voucher will assure that they won’t sell the last 8 GB iPhone to somebody else. We didn’t encounter any mention of vouchers, but when the store opened the group of early customers wasn’t quite a mob yet. We heard from other people that in the middle of the day they waited between 45 minutes and an hour.
This is the advice I have after:
– Bring a current cell phone bill with you so you you have immediate access to your account number, at least around here were they can port your current number over to your iPhone right away. I blame our lack of a current cell phone bill on the early hour. They said it might take six hours for our phone numbers to transfer but ours were both working in an hour or so. Apple said that the process would automatically cancel our old service, but we’re bracing ourselves for a little confusion in that department.
The iPhone is smaller and more slippery than I thought it would be. We bought crystal film for the 3G to protect the screen, but the store didn’t have the PixelSkin in black that I was hoping for so I went home without a skin. At home I found I was terrified of dropping the phone while trying to type into it so we were off to find a skin I liked. I settled on the Incase protective cover because a friend has one and I like how simple it is. I got it in black and find it downright sexy.
The afternoon was spent setting things up, porting contacts over from old SIM cards, installing apps and discovering that it’s all as easy as everybody said it would be. I’m so very happy.
Here are the applications I’ve installed so far, all of these are free:
– Twitterific – makes Twitter on a small screen nicely viewable
– Pandora – since I don’t know much about music, or even have a music library of my own, this is perfect. You type in the name of somebody you like, say, Matt Nathanson, and it plays music that other Matt Nathanson fans like. It’s so convenient.
– Urbanspoon – You shake your phone and it gives you a random restaurant in your area. You can also see the regular listings, but they’re not as fun.
I’m considering using Things – clutter free productivity.
So, any recommendations for applications I might love? Games? Particularly cool things of any sort?