I’m one of them.

The realization

Welp ….it’s happened.

It’s finally happened!

And the crazy part is that I saw it and I didn’t see it coming at the same time.

It’s official! I…. D2dalo25… am an “isheep! ”.

What’s an “isheep” you ask? An “isheep” is a person that buys any and everything #apple puts on the market.

And as much as it hurts to admit I am one of those people. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it as if it’s a bad thing because in my opinion, #apple makes some great products. Oh no I’m just saying it because it’s kind of a weird thing…to me because a few years ago you couldn’t give me an #iPhone. That’s right I would have kindly declined your offer and ask that you just give me the money instead. And I don’t blame #apple for this turn of events in my life. No no no no no… I don’t even blame myself. Do you wanna know who I blame? I blame one of their biggest competitors #Samsung. That’s right, you all heard me say it I blame #Samsung. Why do I blame them you ask? Well I’ll tell you in just a moment. But before I do why we go back to where it all started.

Trying something Different

It all started about six months after purchasing my #Nokia Lumia 1520 that I had did plenty of research on beforehand. And yes I’m am aware that purchasing an #Windows based cell was a mistral but at the time it was the only relevant phone with a 6inch screen and so that’s what drove me to it… let’s not discuss that phone any more shall we? I was on my phone and I was wanting to download and use some of the latest apps but that in it self was a problem. Because #Snapchat wasn’t even available on a windows phone, #Instagram was still in beta mode. So I was really stuck with #Facebook and #Twitter 😟. But my wife who decided to go with and Android OS phone so she was able to download and play with all the latest apps. But… like I said I only wanted a phone with a 6inch screen and that’s what I had.

The Beginning of the end

So 2 years later our phone contracts were up and it was time for us to get some new phones. We were pretty excited because in a 2 year span so many new phones had come out. My wife was dead set on getting the #Samsung Note7 and I knew I was gonna go with something #android based but I wasn’t sure which one. So there we were in the store like two little kids playing with all the new phones, which is a must for me because to me if it doesn’t feel good in my hands then I’m not even gonna wanna use it. So the #Note7 had just released that week and it was on back order because it was so popular and we couldn’t get ours that day. But they would be delivered to our house in a week so it wasn’t bad.

At Last

The day finally comes. I see the Fedex truck outside the window and know what he’s putting in our mailbox. After returning back inside the house we rip into our boxes and are in complete awe. I decided to get the silver finish and she went with the blue finish on her phone. They both looked amazing. But don’t all phones look amazing fresh out the box? And after just putting in my info I was in complete heaven. Every thing from the eye scan to unlock feature to the new and improved stylus was just pure enjoyment to use. It’s sooo fast and the screen look sooo beautiful. Besides the bloatware that comes preloaded on it. It was love at first touch.

WTF

Two to three weeks in and we are still in love with our phones. I’m telling all my friends and some of no coworkers about how much I like it and some of them are actually saying that they are going to get one when their upgrade comes around. Then one day I read on the news app that someone is suing #Samsung because it caught fire in their house and the entire house burned down. Then a few days later I see that someone is suing because they charged theirs in their Jeep and it caught fire and basically burned the Jeep up. I couldn’t help but wonder what were they doing to their phones to make them explode. A day or two later I read that there are a lot more people suing #Samsung and that #Samsung is apologizing for releasing faulty phones. And they are telling everyone not to leave them plugged in overnight in their homes. (Side note: that was the first nudge that #Samsung gave me towards #Apple).

My mind won’t let me forget about these headlines that I’ve seen so I was very cautious. Then a few days later #Samsung issued a statement saying that they have discovered that there is an issue with the battery overheating and therefore causing the insides of the phone to catch on fire and they wanted all Note7 owners to return their phone in for a new one with a more optimized battery. As much as we hated to do it we returned the phones and got completely new ones. So about three weeks after that I was still reading headlines about how the Note7 was still having issues. Then…that’s when #Samsung issued a statement saying that all Note7 owners should return their phone. I didn’t read much into that article because I loved my phone. Ours wasn’t over heating and catching on fire. And after discussing it with my wife she was worried that one of them eventually would and it would be a shamed if it messed up the entire house. I agreed. (Side note: that was the second push they gave me in #Apples direction).

Why did I choose this

So we get to ATnT and stand in line because obviously we’re not the only ones who were affected by this. When a sales associate finally gets to us she describes to us that if we 2 other #Samsung phones that they would give us $100 off of our next phone bill, but if we went with a different brand we would only receive $50 off. And after hearing that news I was ready to say screw ATnT and go back to #boostmobile. But I held my emotions at bay. And that’s when I was seriously considering getting the 5.5 inch iPhone 8. Yea it looked like a toy in my hands but it was a relevant phone and i wouldn’t be dealing with #Samsung. But my wife wanted to stay with #android and #Samsung had the best phone for that OS. So we stayed with #Samsung, got the $100 off our next bill, and decided to get the #Samsung galaxy S7 edge.

I’m pretty sad at this point because everything about this phone reminds me of how awesome the Note7 was. Smaller battery, less ram speed, lackluster camera, smaller screen, no retina detection, no stylus and no showing it off to all my friends. After thinking of all that I was missing I was pretty down in the dumps for a while. But I still could get all the latest apps and the time it took to charge up to 100% was pretty quick. But other than that I hated that phone.

I need one of those

A long time before this I bought my wife an #iPad. It got destroyed and seeing how happy she was with it I surprised her with another one. But I bought myself a #kindle. And day after day night after night it my kindles were just getting slower and slower. But my wife’s iPad was as snappy as the day she turned it on. And one Christmas she surprised me with an upgraded kindle. It was fun for about 3 weeks then yet again it just kept getting sluggish. So I decided I needed a better tablet and went and purchased myself a brand spanking new #iPad Pro.

This is pretty awesome

At this point life seemed to get a little better. My ipad almost made me forget that I had a sub par phone. Almost! When ever I was home I would rarely use my phone. I’d just leave it in my room while i carried my iPad around. And the best part was that all the apps that i sued on my phone could be downloaded on my tablet. And I could get all my pictures and documents from the google cloud and use them on my tablet. Yup, life was good. Then there was one time when I was at work sitting down in a chair three feet off the floor when I accidentally knocked my phone to the floor. I had it in a body case but it fell on its face. When i picked it up to see if any damage was done there was a beautiful crack across the screen. I was confused because this was suppose to be made with gorilla glass 3 which was the strongest glass on the market or so I thought. As soon as that happened I told myself that my next phone was gonna be an iPhone! But I still had at least a year until then so I was pretty much playing the waiting game.

I like them again

As a kid and all through high school i loved to draw. And as an adult every now and again I’d get a strong urge to draw something. But i had never drawn digitally before. SO one day after watching the #apple event on you tube they mentioned that they would be releasing the #apple pencil. And my plan was to buy it in about a week or so. Little did I know that my wife had already ordered one for me and planned to surprise me when I got home. So we get home and I open my shiny new #apple pencil and I download an app called #procreate. Man oh man oh man, the pencil was a pure delight to use. It had a bit of heft to it which didn’t bother me at all, and the way it glided across the screen was just awesome. And I really loved the fact that all I had to do was just plug it into the #iPad to sync it up. I don’t know if you guys have ever used a stylus before but most of the time they are a pain in the butt because of that giant squishy rubber tip at the end of them. As an artist you could never be precise with them and that was a huge problem to me. So I pretty much never used one until the #apple pencil. And I have to say I was truly blown away with it. Even with the $100 price tag that was attached to it.

Oh happy Day

The day had finally arrived. It was time to upgrade our cell phones, and I was celebrating like i had hit the winning shot at the end of the game, on the inside. I was leaving the manufacturer and the operating system that was all to familiar to me and jumping on a new ship. I knew the transition wouldn’t be too hard because I used my #iPad on a daily basis and I watched tons of YouTube videos on the iPhone Xs Max. I had very high hopes and expectations. So I knew what I wanted as soon as we entered the store. And I got it. The wife on the other hand still had a little doubt. Until I told her that she was getting an Xs Max also. So her entire tone changed because she was feeling the way I was about the Galaxy S7. We didnt find any cases that we liked in the store so we waited till we got home and found some on #Amazon that protected the entire phone instead of just the sides and back.

Wow

The moment we got home we ripped into them. And man oh man it was sooo shiny and slim, it smelled good, it felt a little wired in the hands and it was an absolute fingerprint magnet, but I knew at that moment I was gonna be a happy customer. And set up was a breeze. It asked for my email and WiFi password and that was it. Mainly because it was communications with my #iPad so all of my favorite apps were being downloaded in an instant. I truly loved the way it communicates with any other #apple accessory with the same email address and only that accessory. This one didn’t have a home button like my iPad so navigation was a little finicky at first but within 5 minutes i was having no problems at all. The retina scanner was another one of my favorite things about it. I could unlock it, purchase and download any apps all just by looking at it. And speaking of the retina scanner, one of my favorite things was to play with the new #animoji feature. (Instead of just regular video messages you can send video of a character that you’ve created to look like you or a number of different emoji that can move its eyes and mouth exactly how you do).In fact for the first few weeks that was how me and my wife sent messages to each other. Then there was the sound quality which i loved, there was the battery life which was a huge bonus for me and all the latest and greatest apps that my heart could handle. And when I was at home there was no need to even use it now because i could send and receive text, send and receive phone and face time calls all on my #iPad because they were communicating with each other. I loved everything about the phone. I actually felt like I was back in the loop when it came to cell phone technology and for me it was a great feeling.

Satisfied

So a few weeks go by and next thing you know Christmas is here. We are still loving our phones and all is right with the world. Now we just got these $1200 phones last month so we weren’t expecting an expensive gift from each other. So I give her her gift which was a board game of her favorite TV show and she hands me mines. Then she hands me three more boxes that were about the same size as the first box. So I opened the first box and I was almost blown away. she got me an #apple watch. I was literally speechless because thats the last thing I was expecting to receive.

And once again setup was a breeze. All I had to do was scan my watch face with my phone and after it downloaded all my favorite apps it was done. The other two boxes she gave me were the charging stand, a black metallic band and a carrying case. I was truly a happy camper on Christmas Day. I can send and receive text messages and voice calls all from my wrist. And there are a few other very cool things I can do with my watch but those are the main two things that I want to be able to do. I love my watch

A happy Sheep

And that ladies and gentlemen is how #Samsung pushed me into the arms of #Apple and how #Apple has been treating me so far. It was at that moment that I had realized that i had become an iSheep …and I was proud to be one.

It’s now February 2019 and I’m still loving all of my #apple products. They get updated on a regular basis and they perform how I expect them to. And thats all Ive ever wanted out of all of my electronics. Im with #Apple and I’m happy about it. And to be honest, I just don’t see me changing platforms anytime soon.

Thank you if you’ve made to this part of the story. I hope you have a blessed day and an awesome week. And let me know in the comments below if you’re an iSheep or if you know someone who is but they wont admit it. I’ll see you guys next time. Bye!

Random facts that happened during this time

1. This post has been on my mind for two years.

2. I didn’t write about the first time we had to exchange the phones and we went to a satellite store where the sales associate didn’t know what she was doing and tried to charge me $600 to replace our Note7 phones and I lost my temper and almost chewed her face off. Luckily my 5yr son was with us and I didn’t want him to see me like that.

3. After getting my iPhone and thinking about the Note7, using a stylus on a phone is just an extra step you have to take when it comes to doing anything on the phone.

4. I still haven’t changed my #Apple watch wrist band. I just love how the white looks and grabs attention from people. I’ll change it one day.

5. I wanted to get the new #iPad pro and give my wife my current #ipad pro because she still has the #iPad air 2 but #iPads last so long that most people don’t upgrade for years at a time. She says she’s still happy with it.

6. When I got my #iPad i gave my son my old #kindle and he used it for a few months until my little sister upgraded her #iPad pro to the 12 inch model and gave him her old 9 inch #iPad pro. So I have two kindles that are completely useless in my electronic junk drawer (lol)

7. The day I got my #iPhone I gave my son my Galaxy s7 and he’s played with it for less than 24 hours (lol)

8. I will be getting me some #Airpods (lol).

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