Friday, July 11, 2008

iPhone 3G Release - Day 1 - Incomprehensible Nightmare of Herculean Proportions

As you may have heard, the new iPhone 3G came out today. And as I wrote yesterday, I was kinda hoping for some sort of problem with the launch - mostly so I wouldn't be too jealous of the new iPhone owners.

My old, first generation iPhone is very sensitive, and so am I.

Well, I've seen the ridiculously long i-lines, and the i-servers crashing. For a while, no one could i-activate their new iPhones.

600,000 iPhone zealots wait in line 3 days before the iPhone 3G goes on sale - crippling downtown Philadelphia.

It was a veritable i-saster. An i-mare, if you will. It got so bad that Apple employees began giving out hugs and emotional support, in lieu of technical assistance.

And as it turned out, I wasn't so happy about the whole debacle. If anything, I felt sorry for the poor i-fools who must have been ever so dis-i-ppointed, on what was supposed to be a day full of joy and i-fun.

I tried to imagine how I would have felt if I'd slept outside the Apple store for 4 days.

How would I have felt after waiting under the punishing sun, badly dehydrated because I hadn't had any water in 24 hours - too afraid I'd lose my spot in line if I had to go take a pee?

How would I have felt being number 61 in line, at a store that only had 60 iPhones in stock?

I'd probably be in jail right now, having smashed through the Apple store's front window and flipped over several cars and a school bus in a furious rage of i-anger.

Frustrated - but normally serene and gentlemanly - iPhone fanatics flip out on the guy who snagged the last iPhone in the store.

It's a good thing I decided to sit back and observe the initial carnage before upgrading.

I'm still a wee bit jealous of the new model's faster 3G network and GPS functionality. But I'll deal with it, and keep my old iPhone for now - along with my sanity.

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Anonymous said...

Hi Mill
I refused to wait in those long lines for the new 3G iPhone. Instead quite by accident, I was able to order one at an AT & T store. That is just what I did yesterday. I was told I should actually be able to put my hands on my phone next week. I will let you know when I do and how I like it. Also, the only accessory I purchased was the Screen Protection Kit, just as you suggested. See you soon.
Guess who

The Mill said...

Good call not wasting 6 hours of your life waiting in line - especially when you can just get the phone in a few days, and go about the business of your everyday life.

Who is this? God?

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