Why I Choose Apple

On Friday I was filling up my car’s tank at the local gas station. I set my keys and iPhone on the trunk. The phone started to slip a bit, so I pushed it up a little further and then turned to pick up the pump handle. When I turned back around, I thought that someone had grabbed my phone while my back was turned. Then I looked down. My iPhone had hit the concrete. This is a picture that I took when I got home.

The touchscreen still worked, but I was afraid that the glass shards would all fall out at any moment. I made a Genius Bar appointment for a few hours later at at my local Apple Store to see what could be done.

The Genius indicated that the back glass could be replaced relatively easily, but with broken front glass the whole phone would need to be replaced. The usual cost for this replacement is $199. The Apple Genius checked out the serial number on my phone, saw that it was still covered under Apple Care and that this was the first time that I had come in with a broken phone. I was accepted a one time offer of a new iPhone for free.

Thank you!

Brilliant customer service = relentless customer loyalty

iBooks vs. Kindle – Which is better for a theological library?

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I have been considering investing in digital books instead of physical books as I continue to build a library of books for ministry. The question that I have for you is: Apple’s iBooks or Amazon.com’s Kindle. Here is what I have so far:

Kindle – Pro

Kindle – Con

  • Black and White books
  • A Kindle has a single use.

iBooks – Pro

  • Color books
  • An iPad has multiple uses
  • Reader is available only limited devices
  • Integrated into a device that I already own (iPhone)
  • I am generally a fan of Apple

iBooks – Con

  • Smaller selection of books
  • Books seem to be outside of Apple’s core product strategy
What other pros and cons have I missed? Have you used these platforms? Which do you recommend?

Waze and Spiritual Growth

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One of my new favorite iOS apps is Waze – Social GPS navigation, traffic & road reports (iTunes link). SocialTimes calls it Wikipedia for Drivers and You can also find out more at their website. What I love about this app is that it uses data from other users to help improve driving directions and avoid traffic jams. I commend it to you, as the more people that use it the better it gets.

What about this idea for spiritual growth? Is there a way to connect with people with others on the journey of knowing, loving and serving God to know what is actually helpful in growing in faith? As more people take part, it would be able to better help others connect with what might be helpful in their journey.

This can be done one on one through work with a spiritual director, but even the value of that guidance is limited by the experience and connection of that individual. Does something like this exist? Would you find something like this useful?

Vacation = Out of the Cloud

I have a habit of being connected online which at times borders on an addiction. I connect via my iPhone, desktop computer at church and laptop at home or on the road.

Not on vacation. Nicole and I are headed to Estes Park, Colorado tomorrow. From May 8 to May 19, I will not:

  • Boot up my laptop.
  • Use my iPhone in any way other than as a phone.
  • Check my email – @gmail.com or @cor.org

Goodbye Twitter, Facebook, WordPress, Google Reader, Remember the Milk, Google Docs, Spark People. For a few days, at least…

I will have a blog post pre-scheduled here for May 18 and I’ll come back online May 19.

Until then, enjoy of the top posts from the last 30 days:

Speedlinking – October 16, 2008

A Big Day

It has been a crazy day. Here’s the run down…

  • Phone call from my dad letting me know that my grandmother on my mom’s side died early this morning. This was not unexpected, but that does not necessarily make it any easier. Funeral will likely be Monday or Tuesday in Plains, KS.
  • Went to the grand opening of the Apple Store, Leawood, picked up a free t-shirt as one of the first 1,000 there and played with the new iPhone 3G.
  • Picked up a patio table, chairs and sun shade as well as some other miscellaneous from the church rummage sale.
  • Had a sloppy joe for lunch
  • Spent time with God using the Grow. Pray. Study Guide. That has really been an excellent tool and I have used it every day.
  • Getting ready to put a third and final coat of paint on our master bedroom and then headed to our apartment to get everything packed up for the moving extravaganza bright and early tomorrow morning.

iPhone in the Future

Like Tim Stevens, I have considered purchasing an iPhone when my current contract with Sprint is up in April. To this point, I have been dissuaded, by what I perceived to be the lack of functionality tying the iPhone to the Microsoft Server software that keeps my calendar, email and contacts humming at Resurrection. The announcement of the iPhone Enterprise Beta Program has me thinking that this may be a possibility in the near future after all…

But then, I do have some loyalty to to the hometown company – I drive past Sprint‘s corporate headquarters every day going to church. Hmmm… What to do…