I Pre-Ordered the iPhone 11 Pro

iPhone 11 Pro

Here’s something that I haven’t done in a good long time, actually pre-order an iPhone, or any apple device for that matter. I think the last time that I actually stayed up late to do a pre-order was for my iPhone 6. Since then I’ve only upgraded to the iPhone 7 and even then, that was originally my work phone and not my personal one so no staying up till the wee hours of the night for that one. So what made me do it this time? Well here we go with the rest of the post……

To my utter delight, I didn’t have to be up at 3am to do a pre-order for the phone. In years past when I would want to pre-order an Apple device right after the reveal, it normally went on sale at 12am PDT, thats 3am to me since I’m on the east coast. This time they pushed it back so the first orders could be done at 8am EDT. That means not being bleary eyed for the rest of the day due to lack of sleep and cursing at websites that won’t load because there are too many other people trying to order the same device that I am.

My iPhone 7 is frankly getting full, I have a lot of stuff on it from apps, movies, photos, and music and even though it has 128GB of space, I was always only 25GB away from running out of space. I have another iPhone 7 for work thats only 32GB so its basically stripped down to nothing with only the essentials for checking email and stuff. This time I bought the 256GB version so thats twice the amount of space. I figure I’ll need that space for all the extra videos that I can take at 4K with the new camera’s. I could have gone all in with a 512GB like my iPad Pro but I won’t be using the iPhone to import my GoPro videos to view and edit them on the go.

T-Mobile was offering a crazy trade in deal for my iPhone 7, they were going to give me $300 in statement credits if I financed the phone over a 24 month period. This is another first, I’m actually going to finance the phone, normally I pay for it outright but due to this great deal I decided financing was the best way to go. Apple was only offering me $150 for my trade in and they weren’t discounting the phone on their EPP website either. Even with the EPP discount and the trade in, the T-Mobile deal was way better. I have no intention of leaving T-Mobile in the next 2 years and I’m sure I’ll either be ready to get another phone after that or I’ll just keep it for an extra year like I did my iPhone 7. Besides, even with every vlogger on YouTube saying “wait till 2020 for the 5G iPhone”, I looked at the coverage map for 5G and its definitely going to be lacking for quite a while. There’s technically nothing wrong with LTE, the coverage is pretty good and the speeds are fine to stream video which generally hits all the use cases I have. The biggest thing for me is coverage since I travel for work, until thats there, I’m going to hold off till 2021 or 2022 for a 5G phone.

Oh I never said what I picked as a color! I decided on the Midnight Green this time. I’ve had black since the 3GS for my personal phone. I’ve used white for my work phones to differentiate it, and my daughter has a rose gold phone. I was originally just going to get black like always but my wife convinced me to try the new color. I’m excited to see what it looks like when I get it. That will likely be one of the last times I see it since I know the wallet case I’m going to use to cover it so I don’t have to actually carry a wallet. The ship time is Sept 21-24, thats beyond the actual release date of Sept 20, but I’ve waited this long so I can wait a little bit more. Only slightly more than a week to go!

Hurricane shutters are a Floridian’s best friend….. unless you have impact windows

Hurricane Dorian

If there is one necessity that is required if you live in Florida, its hurricane shutters. Way back when my townhouse was built, it included hurricane shutters. Hurricane shutters come in a few types, the two that I’m most familiar with are the ones that you screw into your house and accordions. Since living in Florida all this time, there have been very few times that I have had to put up shutters. I think the first time was during Hurricane Matthew and at the time I had the screw in shutters that came with my house. That was ridiculously difficult to put up on my own, I had to place each panel on an opening (there were at least 5-6 per window or door) and they had to be screwed into the house. Needless to say that was time consuming and back breaking work. The worst part was that I was only able to do the bottom floor, I left the tops alone and used duct tape to protect the windows (yep not recommended).

Accordion shutters

After some discussion with the Mrs., we decided to spring for the accordion shutters in anticipation of other hurricanes. Granted they cost about $5K and took months to get permits and the shutters actually put in but the benefit and cost were so worth it. Fast forward to Hurricane Irma, the only hurricane I ever evacuated for. This one was projected to come right to my community on the map. Since I had the new accordions, it only took 15-20 minutes to put all the shutters up and was relatively effortless. In the picture above, my neighbor still has the ones that you screw in and he was doing that for a few hours but he had help doing it.

With Dorian, it was projected to come to South Florida again, they said Category 3 but now its a 5 but it will skirt the state for the most part but I’m not taking any chances and I put up the shutters anyway. Most of my community has put up their shutters and there is a mixture of the screw in vs the accordions. The buildings that were built most recently don’t need shutters, they have impact glass. Impact glass is very expensive but then you don’t have to deal with hurricane shutters which is nice. You don’t have to live in darkness for a day or so. I don’t know if they’re rated to handle something like a category 5 storm but at least when something hits the glass it won’t shatter. If I knew that I was going to be staying in my home forever, I might want to invest in something like impact glass but since I spent the money on accordions, I think I’ll be fine for the most part.

If you live in FL and don’t have hurricane shutters, you’re just rolling the dice every June through November. We’ve been fortunate that the hurricanes to date have not made direct impacts to South Florida but that’s not the case in other parts of the state. I still see some people putting up plywood for their homes. The amount of time and effort required to do that is greater than having screw in shutters. While financially its expensive to put shutters on your home, at least you know you’ll be protected from a storm which is the most important thing. Now to sit and wait for the storm to blow over so I can take the shutters down and get some vitamin D in my life.