I got an iPhone

I arrived at the AT&T Store at Cypress Creek & Andrews Ave. in Fort Lauderdale at around noon. There were already 6 people ahead of me in line. Unfortunately I didn’t come prepared with a chair like a lot of people did, so it was pretty uncomfortable waiting there for 6 hours.

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More people started arriving around 3PM, and by the time they reopened there were about 40 people waiting.

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At 4PM they pulled down the shades and locked the door. Finally at 6PM they raised the shades and opened the door. They let in 15 people at a time and the crowd was very orderly.

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It took me less than 10 minutes to buy the iPhone, since I’m already a Cingular customer. The salesman just looked up my account and gave me an unopened box. Unlike most other phones, they didn’t have to activate it in the store.

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When I got it home, I simply connected it to my MacBook Pro and iTunes launched and asked me to activate my iPhone.

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The phone was activated in less than 5 minutes while it synced my music, videos, contacts, calendars, photos, and bookmarks. The phone was fully charged when I got it, unlike most phones which need to charge for several hours, so I was able to use it right away.

I found the onscreen keyboard fairly easy to use, although I occasionally miss some letters near the edges. The sound quality is very clear, even with a weak signal.

I’ve posted a full gallery of both the waiting and unboxing here.

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