iPhone 4G 32G, Apple.com $299
I am joining the millions of people that either have or would like to have an Apple iPhone. Last July, I finally upgraded my Blackberry to an HTC Aria smartphone because I am an AT&T customer (insert look of pity here.) Within weeks, the face plate was broken and the journey to a new faceplate (read more here) left me with a phone that now has to be on speaker phone to carry on a conversation with the person on the other end of the line.
While I like the HTC features and gadgets and the overall size of my little phone, I would not be so daft as to purchase another one after the issues we’ve been through. It’s not me HTC, it’s you.
So, while I either wait out the many more months until my next upgrade or bite the bullet and change providers, I will be coveting the new iPhone instead of using some crazy “APP” to change the oil on my car or teach my children how to do algebra.
I recently upgraded my phone from a 3YO Blackberry to an HTC Aria. It’s so small and fabulous and does such wonderful things; none of which I knew until I was coached by some family and close friends. But I “absorb” much better than I read directions and now I can do tons of fun things on my awesome new gadget. I love my new phone…
However, one day I returned home from the gym after a class only to find that my screen was cracked. Cracked in a million little pieces… ok, only 10 maybe and the phone still works but I was devastated. “Did I have phone insurance?” you ask. Sadly, No. I have never had to have it in all my years of cell phone use so I didn’t pay the $4+ per month to make sure that I could lose or break my phone.
I immediately got online and found a replacement screen for far less than a new phone would cost. Downside #1, it had to come from Hong Kong. Downside #2, I had to wait for it to come by mail from Hong Kong. Downside #3, I am not a patient person. Thirteen days later, it finally arrived with all the little tools that I would need to successfully change out my screen.
I got online and found a fabulous video to walk me through the process step by step. Upside #1, the guy doing the amateur tutorial had an Australian accent. This was going to be more fun than I thought. Upside #2, the process seemed to be easy and would make me look like a tech-y genius when I bragged about installing my new screen with the digitizer and all!
Unfortunately, as I started completing the first couple of steps, I realized that the stupid Chinese company sent me the wrong “tool” to fix said phone. I tried using little tiny standard screwdrivers to no avail. I hit up friends, who are loaded down with tools and realized that the only tool they had was the one that the stupid company already sent me.
Days later, I still have a broken screen on my phone. A replacement screen on my dining room table. And NO tool to do anything with either one of them. I hate my new phone….