We were still in Disney for Christmas. But in between the luscious dole whips and the frenzy of The California Screamer, my son blurted out, “Mom, I can’t wait to go home!”
Still chomping on my churro, (or was it Mickey Mouse pretzel) my brow pulled a puzzled why now…
“Say what?! Why? I mean, look where we ARE!”
I need not have worried. It was a fleeting think out loud moment.
“Because I get your old phone!”
Ah. Yes. He’s right. My boy gets the cell phone hand me downs for certain. And that’s a big deal to him of course.
I honestly knew the day the 6+s came out, I had to have one. I’d been spending more time on the phone for net things and my eyes were starting to strain. The mere thought of a larger screen to
play work on was really enticing!
So once home from holidays, we head into town.
We walked towards the counter, and chatted it up with the salesman. He was telling me lots of big things I don’t remember, but what I do remember is…
“Come on. I wanna see that thing on the side of your head as a phone. IT’S SO BIG!”
Laughing, he dialed a number, and complied. Truth be told… it looked kinda silly and I laughed back.
He assured me by the time I got home, I would regard the size as ‘normal.’
I had already made up my mind anyway. I picked out the one with the biggest storage (because my old phone always nagged me it was running out of room), and you bet it came home with me. Silly book look against the head and all.
Edit to add: (Purse below is a thrift store find from a few years back… sorry about that! 🙂 )
How do you carry that thing?!
Now, the phone IS big in the sense of size. So rather than stuffing it in a pocket, this one now needs a purse.
Men don’t have it quite that easy. The guy at the store said guys put the 6+ in their pockets all the time. Which is a really BAD move. They all came back. The new phones are made of thin metal and can’t be bent at all.
Should you get insurance?
So for that reason alone, I purchased the insurance at about $8 a month with a $200 deductible, in which it can be replaced twice a year.
How much IS this thing?
And that was after I purchased a 3 year phone contract at $100 a month, with 6 gigs of data.
I know. Nothing… and I mean nothing is cheap about this phone.
But what is, when it’s brand new technology?
I just mumbled to myself as I signed my life away, “This is a business transaction. I NEEEEEEED this for my work…
And prayed I’d be so deliriously happy about my decision I’d forget how expensive it was. 🙂
A week later, I took my son into town. Quickly tucking the phone inside a big jacket pocket, I made my way around the truck when I heard SPLAT.
How fragile are they really?
The phone promptly slipped out and landed glass down on the cement. With the silly fancy dancy wallet cover swung WIDE open.
Barely a week old… and it was crushed to smithereens. Luckily I had a sticky clear cover over the glass which I believe saved me.
I ended up using the phone in its cracked glory for a good 2-3 weeks while insurance kicked in. Trouble was, they didn’t have mine in stock because it was so new. The model with high data was selling out before they were even available. Ugh.
But it finally arrived. Insurance was amazing. I paid online, and they shipped it out. All that’s left is for me to ship the bad one back again, in which they offered a postage paid bubble wrapped envelope.
Now I’m gonna be honest… I’ve dropped my NEW one twice already inside the house. Glass face down. I can’t believe it hasn’t broken again yet, and I cannot believe how having the wrong case has turned me into a dropaholic!
I’ve had the Otterboxes forever with my smaller phones and have dropped them countless times on cement without even a crack.
My case is seriously an issue. It’s too smooth and sleek and with the cover flipping open… well, just don’t get a wallet type.
These phone are MUCH thinner than the old. And they need a suit of armour to compensate.
Consider other carrying options
Knowing now how important it is to have that crazy phone guarded with my life, by fluke I found a way around that.
The case above is from my point and shoot camera, that was purchased for our Disney trip. It was around $45, so not cheap, but what I loved about it was that the two sides acted like a wallet, and the middle is where your camera would go.
It worked FABULOUS for Disney, offering hands free touring. An acceptable fanny pack, if you will. 🙂
If I’m going out shopping or for a quick jaunt, I strap this thing around me and off I go. It’s so light and small, you barely know it’s there.
I was able to get both camera AND the iPhone 5 inside the camera compartment when at Disney. But these days, it’s phone or camera.
How do you know if a 6+ is for you?
You’re online a lot but can’t always be near a computer.
You have a hard time viewing the smaller screens.
You edit photos for Instagram on the phone.
You own mac computers. It’s truly a seamless operation between the two.
You download the bHome app (read about that HERE) and you become addicted… 🙂
Other things to consider:
Being so new on the market, some apps won’t to being optimized for the new iPhone 6+ right away, so they may look a little strange, as in, features too big and reduced resolution.
(pssst… bHome App went through the necessary revisions so you are good to go there!) 🙂
If you use your iPad for browsing the net, you may be just as well with a 6 or smaller.
The 6 will still fit in a pocket. Well, a biggish pocket. 🙂
Below 6+ wil be cheaper all around, data plans, and the phone itself.
And let’s face it… if you just want a cell phone for a PHONE, you know you don’t need this.
If your work requires you to be on the net, I really don’t feel you’ll regret it. I’ve yet to own a mac product I didn’t absolutely love. I’ve always allowed myself to go big or go home when it comes to electronics.
After all… I don’t spend much (if at all) on ‘my home decor (pallet wood) projects‘ 🙂
So… I’m curious! What kind of phone do you have? What do you love / not love about it?