Danger: early iPhone adopter – Features – Gadgets & Tech – The Independent
Luddites should look away now. Failing that, they should reach for a pen and paper and scribble down their thoughts. Last Friday witnessed that time again when otherwise rational people do all they can to secure the tech object of their dreams. In this case, a phone. The one by Apple which prompts people to queue up for days beforehand to buy.
My money was already set aside for this phone and it had been for months. Then again, I just had to have the iPhone 5, primarily because the jamming home button on my iPhone 4 had been causing me no end of finger ache.
The resale value – and the knowledge that a new handset was likely to arrive this month – had been the only thing that had prevented me from throwing it across the room. It just hadn’t crossed my mind that my current faulty model should perhaps make me look for a different manufacturer.
But what if my phone was in perfect working order? Well, I would still have bought the new one.
Like most of those people who were in the squillion-mile queues outside Apple stores across the world, it is clear that prices of these devices tend to fall, that the item being bought has a finite lifespan, that hours will have been spent irrationally trying to buy something before much of the population has had time to open their box of Cornflakes. But in this instance I didn’t care.
Some buy gadgets on day one because they love new technology and features. Others enjoy having their friends, family and work colleagues look at them with jealousy as they show off a device which makes them appear more wealthy or higher in status. For these people, the time and money spent is of immense worth and the Facebook and Twitter chatter will speak volumes.