Posts Tagged ‘apple’

iPod Nano 3rd Gen Review

When the first generation iPod nano came out in 2005, I flew to the store to purchase one.  It was so small and thin….I was in love. I used it for several years, but, perhaps it was a little too small because I lost it. So I replaced that first nano with a 2nd generation nano, which was pretty much the same as the first one, but with a larger capacity.

Unfortunately, after about a year, I started having problems with that new nano. If you think that Microsoft is the only one who has software that freezes, think again. From day one, my 2nd generation nano froze occasionally, and eventually the freezes became so frequent that it was unusable.

Happily, because I had purchased a Sam’s Club insurance policy with that nano, it was replaced at no additional cost for a 3rd generation nano. Unlike the differences between the first 2 generations, this 3rd generation nano provided a great new look and some wonderful added functionality. I love the new “short” look, the ability to do videos, the new search feature, and the ability to view my music by album covers. While the Pros outweigh the Cons, this new nano is still not perfect. My full review is posted at Hardware Secrets.

Sandy’s Full Review at Hardware Secrets

iPhone Took Only 3 Days with No Waiting in Line

Last Friday afternoon, I placed my order for an iPhone at the local AT&T store. There was no line and ordering the phone took about 5 minutes. AT&T said the phone would be delivered in about 7 days. I was surprised to get an email yesterday (Tuesday) saying that the iPhone had been delivered to the store. All I had to do was to come in to have it activated and take it home. So my iPhone took only two working days…. outstanding!

I went in to pick up the phone today. There were no lines and activation took only about 20 minutes. The nice folks at AT&T even gave me a personalized tour of the phone’s features.

In case you are interested, there are still no iPhones in stock at any of the stores that I checked. You can order one the way I did. But now they are now saying that it will take 7-21 days for delivery.

My shiny white iPhone is beautiful! Now to have fun checking out all the features. I’ll give you the pros and cons as soon as I can.

BTW Read the OakInnovations Blog for an interesting, detailed explanation of why Apple will not introduce a white iPhone….They just did!

The iPhone Phenomenon

The 2nd generation iPhone went on sale today. There were long lines in all the big cities, but how about the smaller towns? Well, the answer amazed me. Here in the middle of North Carolina, we don’t have an Apple store, but we do have an AT&T store in nearby Aberdeen, NC. I went by this morning just before they opened at 8 am. The line wrapped around all four sides of the large building.

AT&T Store in Aberdeen, NC
AT&T Store in Aberdeen, NC

The amazing part is that the new iPhone’s big draw is that you can get higher data speeds on the AT&T 3G network, but the AT&T 3G network is not yet available in our area of North Carolina. The closest AT&T 3G network is in Fayetteville, which is 45 minutes away.

Just goes to show you that the lure of a new gadget at a good price is irresistible to gadget mavens everywhere. Also shows that the number of those infected with the gadgetitis is increasing everyday.

UPDATE: Our local AT&T store ran out of iPhones before 1pm. However, they then started taking what they called “auto-fufillments”, so you could go in and purchase an iPhone for delivery in the very near future. They are telling customers that the iPhone will be delivered to the store in 7 days.

Although Apple and AT&T had many technical difficulties getting the iPhones they sold the fist day activated, the way they controlled the number of iPhones was an artificial, but smart move ………Make enough iPhones for everyone, yet limit the sales on the first day to add to the buzz and lower the traffic on the activation process. Then get the rest of the people their iPhones quickly enough to get their money in the Apple & AT&T bank accounts. It’s pretty ingenious!

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