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June 24, 2010 at 02:45 PM

iPhone 4: Epilogue

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Made it home around 1:00, figured I spent about 2 and a half hours in line. The unlocatable reservation turned out to be no big deal.

After all that waiting, I got home to no service. This was the case with the prior phone. ATT doesn't reach our little apartment here in Chelsea. If I want to use the phone off WiFi, I pretty much have to walk down to the street. I'm reminded of this looking at my $299 receipt and renewed two-year contract.

At least I knew what I was getting myself into. A guy ahead of me waited all that time in line only to learn the price and leave empty-handed. You would think he would know that going in, but I guess that's one more unit available for someone else.

Over all the process for moving people through that line was pretty impressive and well-managed. One man was indignant about the line as he kept insisting that "reservation" meant "no waiting in line." He was still insisting when I left rather than just getting in line and getting his phone like everyone else. He was getting no sympathy from the staff, other customers and certainly me.

The phone is heavy, but in a way that feels well made. The display is pretty amazing and certainly lives up to the hype. The metal buttons are, in my opinion, harder to operate and the overall unit isn't as comfortable in your had as the 3G/S, but I'm sure I'll get used to it. There were guys standing outside the store offering to buy your old phone for $200 cash. Pretty tempting, but old one is spoken for.

I had tried to order my phone online but to no avail. Although waiting in line on launch day can be pretty exciting, I've concluded the charm has long faded. However, it will be weeks (or months) before you can just walk in and buy one. So, given that, I guess it was worth it.

Next time I will be certain to order online.

PS: I typed this blog entry on the phone with a paired bluetooth keyboard, and I have no idea why these photos are showing up sideways. 




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