Disgruntled iPhone owner

I’ve had a lot more drama with my iPhone in the past week, with the worst occurring today. I don’t feel like documenting it. A consumer warning about an Apple product is pretty useless. I know Apple customer support has a sterling reputation. One blog post from being won’t do squat. The 120 people who waited 1-2 hours for help today at the Southpoint Apple store might have some complaints among them, but most would probably still rate the genius bar specialists as knowledgeable and friendly.

I will give some advice:

Never, ever make a genius bar appointment at an Apple Store for a weekend. Don’t plan on making a purchase there on a weekend. Don’t even go in the store unless you really need to check something on the internet.

Again, without going into details, I’ll summarize my experience with the iconic Apple iPhone 3G.

iPhone 3G #1 October 1, 2009 – August 10, 2010
iPhone 3G #2 August 10, 2010 – August 14, 2010 1:50 pm
iPhone 3G #3 August 14, 2010 1:50 pm – August 14, 2010 3:50 pm
iPhone 3G #4 August 14, 2010 3:50 pm – present

August 5 rapid blogging: swimming with iPhone

As mentioned in my work-related post, I walked into a swimming pool with my iPhone. Last Friday, while at North Myrtle Beach (my journals and blogs are not for positive things, so probably no writing about the better moments at Myrtle), I decided to take a quick dip in the pool to cool off after hanging out at the beach. Not used to going to pools in my uneventful life, I didn’t occur to me to empty my pockets. I noticed a minute later that I still had my iPhone in there.

Friday night – blow dryer.

Saturday morning – brief moment on generally-unavailable internet led to purchase of bag of rice

Sunday morning – Apple icon flashed but that’s it; I realized attempts to charge it probably hurt more than helped; bag of rice right away would have been the best course had I known to do that

Monday – Same.

Tuesday morning – Totally dead.

Tuesday afternoon – Suddenly alive! I see my missed calls from the weekend. It syncs with iTunes. I receives incoming texts. Except the touchscreen doesn’t work at all. I can’t unlock it. Can’t do anything with it. I reset it through iTunes. No change. Back into the rice.

Wednesday evening – Pack it with DampRid, which should be more effective than rice, though it’s likely too late.

Apple will charge $199 to replace an iPhone that OOW (out-of-warranty). Can’t pretend it didn’t sustain water damage. There are liquid sensors on the iPhone.

A water-damaged iPhone (3G) can do for $80 or so on eBay. A working 3G can be bought for $160 or so.

A guy on Craigslist says he fixes iPhones for cheap. Not sure exactly how cheap. I’m reluctant to call until I decide my resuscitation efforts have failed.

Thanks AT&T

No, really. I’m not being snarky.

AT&T has announced they’re doing away with unlimited data plans for iPhones, and I’m glad, because I’m going to save $15 a month.

Existing iPhone users don’t have to give up their $30 a month unlimited plan. There’s a new $15 plan for using 200MB a month. That’s been about my average data usage. I watch an occasional video on YouTube because I can, but it’s not something I need, especially if I can save $15 a month.

For $25, you get 2GB a month. If I ever decided that I needed to watch video, I think 2GB would be plenty.

How much for all the data over 2GB? I have no idea and no need to know.

I don’t really care if this is a good business decision by AT&T or not. It’s rare that I get any good news as a consumer. My dog food company Nature’s Recipe just shrank its 20-pound bag to 15-pounds and kept the price the same.

My filter of the world

ATC Noir

I’ve got nothing, as far as anything to write about. I’m in a bit of blank mood. I’m filled with…resignation. I’ve got a birthday in a few days, and I’d rather not think about it. It feels like it’s been a waste of a year. But this is a common feeling for me. I won’t expound on this right now.

As for the photo, it’s one of many recent iPhone-taken photos, to which I applied a Mill Colour filter. Mill Colour is an iPhone app that uses techniques from The Mill, “an award-winning visual effects company”. I’ve never quite understood how photo effects work. I just know that I like the results this app provides. I’d probably have better photos if I had the 3GS, but I’ve just got the 3G.

One of these days, I’ll have some write-up of the iPhone apps I’ve liked. My iPhone has definitely been a source of enjoyment over the last few months. I just received some iTunes gift cards, so I’ll be looking for to adding some nifty apps in the next few days.

Hmm…this photo might just represent how I see the world. Most other people see it like this

Live-blogging dialysis (is wicked fun)

Yeah, right.

I’m just trying out the WordPress app on the iPhone. It’s certainly neat that I can easily blog from dialysis. I happen to have nothing to say, though. It’s cold in here tonight. Hmm…I can take a picture and have it inserted into this post.

It’s a cliche to say I love my iPhone. I really do. What’s that? Did I just admit to making a good decision about something?

(it’s hard to type while blood pressure cuff is inflating. I think I just made that more uncomfortable for myself by trying to type while it inflated).

The state of things

WEEKEND – Work – Dialysis – Work – Free Night – Work – Dialysis – Work – Free Night- Work – Dialysis – WEEKEND

This is basically my life. With tonight’s free night, with endless possibilities for personal betterment and common-sense tasks to be accomplished, all I can point to is breaking 2000 2250 points on iPhone Skeeball.