This a picture of what you don't want your iphone to look like! Thursday afternoon I picked my phone up from the desk only to have it slip from my hands and land with a loud crack face down on the hard tiled office floor. I knew that couldn't be a good sound. Amazingly, it still works perfectly, so I guess the protective case did ok for shock absorbency, but the only thing holding the shards of the screen together is the sturdy screen protector film over it. They crystallized effect is rather pretty, but makes reading the screen quite difficult. SIGH
Thankfully, the phone was insured, and the replacement will not cost anything. Which is a relief since a new iphone without a new service plan runs at about $600 - well beyond my budget! On the down side, while it usually only take a few days for them to send in the old one and the new one to be shipped out, the warranty facility has run low on iphones and has them on backorder (why me, Lord!), so it could be anywhere from 5-30 days before my new one arrives at Best Buy. Sure would be nice if they had refurbished loaners one could rent by paying a deposit or something.
I do have my previous cellphone that they reactivated for the time being, but I am so in love with my iphone and it's many capabilities that this is much like driving a dinosaur, and the touch screen requires "pounding" in comparison to the feather touch needed with the iphone. One of the things I miss most, along with the handy voice activated Google feature, is Words with Friends. My husband and I, and my son and I each have a couple games ongoing at all times and playing them throughout the day is a fun way of saying "I'm thinking of you". It's also great brain exercise for us old farts!
I smile at my loneliness in the absence of my iphone friend, and wonder how it is we ever all survived "way back then" with just one dial up wall phone in the house, very limited long distance time due to the expense, and of course we kids were the "answering machines", just as we were the "remote controls" for the television! :-)
Still, it's not just all pleasure with cellphones, they are life savers, and peace of mind machines. I love knowing that my family, or anyone, can reach me anywhere 24 hours a day, and I don't have to rely on recorded messages or keeping them updated on my whereabouts. I also remembering driving 1000 miles down lonely country highways in an old car to visit my family in Dakota on a wing and a prayer, hoping that there would be no breakdowns or problems. A cellphone would have been so good to have on those trips, and saved my mother lots of worry. I think too how she would have loved "unlimited minutes" and the ability to visit often and and long as we wanted without Dad tapping his watch to note that her "seven minutes" were up! I'm betting she would have learned to text in time too, or at least would have loved messages and pictures popping in from us!
I will probably survive the temporary absence of my iphone, though I did try to con my husband into buying us a new one so my old one could be a "backup spare" - to no avail. That might have had something to do with the price. :-) What we learn when we don't have something we take for granted every day (and of course this goes doubly for the people in our lives) is how blessed we are to have them in the first place!
Now to go study more two and three letter words to use in defeating my very clever son in Words with Friends, when the games resume! :-)