I'm switching from a Motorola Android OS phone to the iPhone 4S. I'm not as thrilled at the prospect as it seems most people are. I'm jamming my plug straight into one of the gazillion sockets of the Borg. For now, though, as a therapeutic exercise, I shall document my experience as I get this thing up and running.
It arrived about 18 hours ago. I took it out of the box and decided to plug it in, amp up the battery. It sprang to life and started me through a set-up wizard. I didn't have time for that right then.
So now I slapped on the bumper protector that I got talked into by Verizon. Then I put on the cover shield that I was persuaded to also get. It strikes me that if this thing was so well designed it would come out of the box ready to take the abuse of everyday life and smell like a rose. After all, what's the point of advertising a glorious design if it requires care, feeding, and armor? Plus, there's all the additional expense, more materials to manufacture, more things for young Chinese people to carefully make and place into the packaging. It runs counter to simplicity and reducing waste of all kinds.
Next, the set-up process. Frankly, that was pretty slick. Two immediate texts from Verizon - I'm all set. Still don't want to be a fan, though. Coming up: a couple years of buying apps. Manufacture and ownership of an iPhone is expansive.
Experience researcher in high tech and built environments with an anthropology provenance.