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iPhone 5 is Here Part #1Posted Wednesday, September 26, 2012, at 4:56 PM
The iPhone 5 from Apple is here...
Let's start with my predictions...I got 6 out of 8 correct. I missed the name and that Apple was going to get heavier into the case game with this device. You can check out my predictions blog here: http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/techno...
Finally getting my hands on the hardware was like a kid on Christmas morning for me. I elected not to pre-order as many folks did. I wanted to test my skill at researching which retail outlets in the Cape area would have non pre-order phones available on launch day, which was September 21st. (This research also proved comical talking to "sales" people about the phone...most of whom knew less about it than my cat.) I ended up procuring a white 32 GB iPhone 5 at the AT@T store on William St. in Cape Girardeau. The wait was about an hour that morning, with the store staff extra friendly and helpful. The short line outside was greeted with breakfast snacks, bottled water, 80's music, and a head start on paper work before going inside.
I would to take a second to point out that if your company (big chain or mom & pop store) is going to participate in one of the most publicized consumer product launches of all time...train and coach your employees about that product!! Walking into a store and having an associate greet you with "Welcome to _, would you like to pre-order an iPhone 5 today?" only to find the associate knows nothing about the product, or availability is not acceptable. Six different retailers in Cape and Jackson get an "F" from me on training their employees about what was going on...and if you are not even sure if you will get the product, don't offer pre-orders! (Stepping off my managerial soap box)
The hardware itself is a work of art. While some media outlets and smartphone competitors make fun of its jewel-like precision, I applaud it. Apple is known for great fit and finish...and this is by far the slickest product they have produced from a build standpoint. The controls feel good and are placed in same areas as the previous iPhone, with exception of the headphone jack which is now located on the bottom. Studies show that most people put their phone in their pocket upside down so when you pull it out it is easier to read. This fact includes me, so no more broken headphone cords in my pocket.
That's it for today...In Part #2 we will start with Apple's new dock connector.
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Gregory has spent the last 20-plus years selling, installing, servicing and teaching others about consumer electronics and technology. He's the proud soccer dad of two kids and an avid musician and songwriter, with personal works available on six continents (working on Antarctica). He's also a huge photography buff. In his blog he writes about, what else, technology.
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