So I recently signed myself up for an iPhone 4. I’m telling myself “yay” as I’ve been jealously playing with my wife’s phone while I waited for my contract to end. But have I done the right thing?
Long ago (that’s in tech time) I heard about the death grip problem with the iPhone 4 and watched keenly as the drama unfolded. Once the dust settled I figured okay, I could live with that. Even if I do need to get a condom to protect my device. Then there’s all the typical Apple hardware headaches that one eyed Apple fanboys deny ever happening. Present them with the long list of forum posts and you can watch them sticking fingers in their ears and squeezing their eyes shut as they chant “la la la la”. There should be an emoticon for that. The hidden cost of the AppleCare program to insure [no, I don’t mean ensure] your hardware works for at least a reasonable amount of time is something I’ve learnt to factor in as a matter of course.
For me the cool factor rules. At least in this case. But I was a little surprised when a trusted and respected friend with a superior sense of cool and nearly equivalent level of geekiness lobbied hard for me not to buy the Apple product. When she explained that her argument was political I could see where she was coming from. Nevertheless I pushed on with my plan to join the flocking masses pawing at their iPhone like the primitive apes at the obelisk in 2001: a space odyssey.
However the final message from the universe came a little too late. Moments after completing the paperwork pledging myself to 24 months of love and devotion the shop assistant began giving me a few instructions on how to use the new bone. I explained to him that it was okay because my wife had one so he didn’t need to trouble himself. He paused, staring at me with a look of barley concealed shock. Then he said to me, I kid you not, “And you still wanted to get one?”
Well I’ve got it and I’m loving it. So far. Unlike the primitive ape I will not be tossing my bone into the air in exultation but I will continue pawing at it.