September 25, 2014
I went to Costco yesterday to buy an iPhone 6. Sight unseen. Could ten million, or was it 100 million, be wrong?
Costco has them in stock so I think easy peasy but I forget about all the phone decisions that I've to make.
First decision is carrier. Contract over, I'm a free agent. Unfortunately the three Canadian carriers are indistinguishable by price or features so I decide based on vague comparisons of speed and tower batteries which is not unlike tossing a coin.
Memory? The middle, 64.
Finish can be one of grey, a different grey, or white. Of course it doesn't matter as the phone goes into a padded case which I have to shop for later. I decide on grey.
Finally, there is the extended warranty. When I listen to a salesperson recite reasons for an extended warranty my impulse is to turn and go home. I resist the urge. Jonathan, the patient salesman, presents my options and then makes the case for AppleCare by sharing an anecdote of someone who saved money by buying AppleCare. He also mentions the breaking news that the new iPhone is prone to bend. Is he trying to tell me to stick with Android? Undeterred, I decide to spend the $95.
My AppleCare choice is affirmed by the young woman at checkout who volunteers her wonderful AppleCare experience: she loves loves loves her iPhone 5 and she loves that Apple has replaced it four times! I resist the urge to ask her what she thinks about the quality of a device that seems to fail every 6-9 months.
I leave the store pleased with my warranty decision. Not so sure about the phone, though.
Shot with a 50 mm ais at f/16, 1/40 sec.