Friday, June 25, 2010

iPhone 4

It was a long day, but one filled with fun and great news. Here's how it played out:


6/24/2010
11:30AM
I'm thinking the early morning crowds should have thinned by now at the Bay Street Apple Store in Emeryville. It's nice to have positive thoughts isn't it? I scan the faces of the reserve line as I make my way to to back. There's a mixture of despair and excitement. It's quite cold out. I'm already thinking of bailing.

12:10PM
Wife joins me in line during her lunch break since she works close by. This is her phone after all. Mine got delivered in the morning. I'm thinking I'll have to stay in line no matter how long it takes because if mama is not happy, nobody is happy.

12:30PM
The Apple store folks bring out free chicken sandwiches from Bake Sale Betty's! Even though it's not warm, it still blows away the majority of chicken sandwiches I've had in my life. I probably would have wet myself if I ever ate one straight from the kitchen.

1:00PM
Wife leaves.

1:15PM
The guy in front of me hears me speaking Japanese on the phone to my mom who is watching my son at home ("I'm gonna be here a while" basically), and tells me the Japan is up 2-0 against Denmark! I totally forgot with all this iPhone line stuff! He's from South Korea so we start chatting soccer. Conversation erupt with folks in front and in back of us and it's getting fun and lively.

1:30PM
Two hours in we round the corner. Japan wins 3-1! We're in the round of 16!

3PM
We're very close to the front and honestly the last hour and a half kind of flew by because of the banter and perhaps my high from the Japan news.

3:30PM
iPhone 4 in hand and activated. Wife happy. It's not until I get home that I realize how tired I am.

Early Impressions
The more time I spend with the iPhone 4, the more it impresses. It's so fast, especially with apps that are designed for iOS4. My photo uploads are way quicker as well. The screen is a thing of beauty. Web browsing is gorgeous and speedy. Photos pop. The quality of snaps from the camera are great and it starts up very fast. Fast enough to capture those sudden photo ops.

More soon.



Friday, June 18, 2010

Bracing for iPhone 4

Good news: My iPhone 4 will be delivered to my house. Yay!

Somewhat inconvenient news: My wife's is reserved at the local store for pick up because I could not get her order through before the deliveries rollled to July 2nd (and then quickly to July 14th).

I'm hoping things go smoothly as there will be two lines, one for reserves with a confirmation email and another for the unwashed masses who did not pound their keyboard and curse at AT&T's server all day June 15th until it yielded either an order or a real reserve.

I'm already having night sweats about waiting in that line. The 3 hour wait to get the 3G iPhone was not so bad, but the hype and technical problems surrounding iPhone 4 could result in post-apocalyptic levels of chaos. I'm also hesitant to bring my iPad to pass the time in line because it can be dangerous. Yes that was two months ago, but this happened last week.

Image above taken from Apple Insider.