I’m not vain enough to think that any of you give a crap that I have an iPhone or better yet that it was spared “brick” status thanks to it’s semi-waterproof SaFPWR case/charger when it went for a swim last weekend. Instead, I want to make this into a bigger story about what I choose to blog about and what I don’t and how I try and keep my morals and integrity in tact while doing so.
So let me start with the story of my revived iPhone to help set the stage. A few weeks ago, a friend of mine, Mike Merrill, sent me a direct message on Twitter asking me if I’d like a free SaFPWR iPhone battery case/charger. Given the fact that I am a heavy iPhone user and am constantly seeking outlets to charge my insufficient battery, I said sure. Now to give this story a little more context, I had actually purchased a smaller auxiliary batter charger before SXSW for the reason I just mentioned. What I’ve found about this charger — the Kensington Mini Battery Extender — is that it’s adequate but has several shortcomings including the way it awkwardly hangs off the end of your phone when it’s charging.
Following my reception of my new SaFPWR charger/case, I received a nice note from Mike saying that “if I chose to blog about it, I could offer my readers a 15% discount” (more on that in a minute). I told him that I would likely blog about the charger but that I wanted to try it out for a few days first before I decided on anything. Little did I know that five days later, that very case would save me $199 for a replacement iPhone and the hassle of rebuilding my phone. The short version of the story is that because the case is also a charger (and made out of hard rubber), it plugs up the charging slot at the bottom of the phone. This combined with the fact that:
- I didn’t try and turn my phone on
- Immediately brought it to the Apple store so they could inspect/dry it out
- Inserted it into a bag of rice for four whole days