March 23, 2009
Samwich and the iPhone
Lots of our friends have iPhones. Samwich remembers which ones do, and tends to see them, give big smooches, and then go for the phone. He’s a “Bubblewrap” addict.
Last week, after absconding with our friend Angie’s phone, he demonstrated that he not only loved the games, but was able to navigate (back, and the direct flick motion).
Anh gave me this look like:
“Are you going to deny our son any longer?”
We talked about it, and decided to get a family iPod Touch, and load educational apps on it.
I went to the local Apple store to get it, feeling genuinely sheepish, given my overall attitude on buying “local” (i.e., Microsoft stuff).
I walked in, and was greeted by a super perky Apple greeter.
“Hey, can I help you.” (I loved the casual “Hey” – very Cupertino).
“Yes, I’d like to buy an iPod Touch, 32 gb please.”
“Ok, all of our experts are busy, but one should free up in ten minutes or so.”
DAMMIT! I don’t want to hang in this place any longer than necessary.
“I don’t need help. I just want to buy one. Can I do that?”
“Yes, but I can’t do it. You need to wait. What’s your name, and I’ll get you on our list.”
“Ok, well, just enjoy the store, and we’ll call you as soon as someone can help you.”
Enjoy the store…. Yeah, like a million pins poking me…..
I was able to acquire the goods, and called Anh:
“I have the package.”
I brought it home, set it up, copied over a bunch of content, and got a few apps for Samwich.
He loves them, and he can really use it.
Technically, it’s a beautiful device, no doubt.
Samwich gets the direct connection of touching stuff on the screen and a result. The touch effect is so much more learnable than the indirect model that the keyboard/mouse/pen combo on other devices.
I hope he lets me borrow it sometimes.