Hey, about that new iPhone 4s? You know, the one I loved so much that I posted a photo of the two of us, hand in hand?
Well. The love affair may be over, or it may just have hit a rough patch, but the honeymoon period is definitely over.
There are many things I like about the phone. It looks good, it’s easy to use, it interfaces beautifully with all my other Apple electronics, it fits well into all my purse and totebag compartments designed for phones, I can access lots of useful and fun apps (Fruit Ninja anyone?), I feel so cool whipping it out of my bag to text someone.
But unfortunately, it is a crappy phone.
I can hear other people quite well, but they only hear every other sentence from me. Sometimes. Or the call is dropped completely. Sometimes. I only have two bars of reception in locations where everyone else has five. Sometimes.
I am not best pleased. No, I am leaning closer to pissed off. This is now my only phone, Apple! It HAS to work! Really, if I had to choose, I would choose it to be an awesome phone rather than an awesome toy, which is what it currently is.
I have already gone back to the place from which it was purchased. They have replaced the SIM card for me, saying that what I was describing sounded like a SIM card issue. Immediately my reception was improved (three bars instead of two. Woo hoo!), but the quality of the calls has not changed.
I have checked into the location of cellphone towers for my service provider, thinking that maybe I live too far away from them to get good reception. I do not. There is a cellphone tower within walking distance of my home. Also, PG’s mobile works with the same provider as mine, and his reception is flawless. So it’s not a network problem.
My next step is to get a case for my iPhone. Apparently some mobiles work better when they have cases on them, rather than being naked to the world. I know that the previous model of my iPhone, the 4, had antenna issues that were often resolved when a case was put on them. I haven’t read anything that leads me to believe that the 4s model has the same problems, but it’s worth a try. It will also look good, and of course I am all about the esthetics.
After that, I will be making an appointment with the Genius Bar at my nearest Apple retail store. I will explain the difficulties that I am having and I will ask them to trade my mobile for one that actually works well as a phone. I am prepared to plead. I am prepared to argue. I am prepared to have a temper tantrum.
What I am not prepared to do is to have an intermittently-functioning mobile phone.