Why I hate my new Verizon Droid
Last week I got a new Verizon Droid. My son and I were ready for a phone upgrade and so we got the two for one (guess who had to pay for the one that was not free?).
We are now a three Droid family and yes, these were the Droids we were looking for.
The salesman talked me into buying a screen protector as well as a case (because you know you’re going to drop it he said). I declined the insurance (and this is what we call foreshadowing) figuring no one else would be touching my phone save me.
Sure enough during the week, the phone fell from my pocket onto the floor. I held my breath when I picked it up, but no, it was fine, all I had done was dislodge the screen protector which caused a tiny bubble under the plastic.
Lesson learned, don’t transport your Droid in your pocket.
I carried on with my life which included going back (yet again) to Physical Therapy for a nasty chronic knee problem that doesn’t seem to be resolving. Its left me in pain, walking with a limp (especially after my torturous PT sessions) and wearing a metal support brace full time.
My knee is rapidly de-compensating and it doesn’t look like there is much I can do to stop it.
On Saturday I went to a yard sale. A man who was running the sale, when he saw me tenderly walking down his driveway grabbed a knee brace from a table, wrapped it around his leg and with an exaggerated limp yelled out to me “Hey, look. We’re twins.”
“Pay no attention to him, he thinks he’s funny”, his wife said to me.
Well he’s not I replied as I turned around to get back into my car.
So you see, I was not in a good mood when about an hour later at my daughter’s soccer game when looking at my Droid I realized that that small bubble was actually a crack that had now spread across a corner of the screen.
Are you kidding me? I’ve had this thing for a week and it’s broken? A gentle fall from my stubby 30 inch legs is enough to do it in?
I went to the Verizon store wanting someone to acknowledge my outrage. Does anyone anywhere build solid durable products anymore?
The young salesman (kid) I spoke to brushed me off like a fly on his Hazelnut Mocha latte. How dare I question the Droid.
I got the well rehearsed speech of “ if you had only gotten the insurance”. The only way to fix the crack is to buy a new Droid. Not gonna happen.
I realize I dropped the phone, I realize I should have paid the extra money each month just in case. But what I didn’t realize is that these Droids are made to be so fragile that a bump (not even enough to scratch the protector case) is enough to damage these things.
And yeah I know it’s a touch screen.
Don’t get me wrong. I love my Droid. I love that I can access my email anywhere and that it saved me when I got lost the next town over and needed immediate directions to find the Soccer fields. My kids like the game apps that they keep downloading and hiding in a folder called “Don’t look here Mom”.
But I hate my Droid because I hadn’t realized how they are made with a planned short life span. You’re not supposed to keep your Droid for a long time. It’s not going to last a lifetime. The Droid with everyday use is made to break down. It’s just a matter of when.
So now every time I look at my Droid, I’m reminded that cheap production is rampant. It’s the way it is. Things are made to break so that you have to buy another product soon. Someone needs to make money.
And every time I see that crack I get the message loud and clear that nothing is made to last anymore, not even my knee.