Almost bought an AppleTV, but didn't....

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by FaasNat, Jul 16, 2008.

  1. FaasNat macrumors regular


    Aug 30, 2002
    After much deliberation and finally giving in, I went to the Apple store yesterday with the intent to pick up one. When I got there, there was (still) a line to purchase the iPhone. Not being there for that product, I went ahead into the store.

    I was stopped by two workers at the entrance who asked if I needed any help. I mentioned I was there to buy an AppleTV and then they directed me to a line (which was just about as long as the iPhone line) and said I needed to wait in the "just browsing" line as they were taking a few from the iPhone line and one from the "JB" line.

    I said screw that and left. Still hoping to pick up one, I headed to a smaller Apple store at a less popular mall. Though the line for the iPhone wasn't as long (just around the corner and down the hall), there was still a pretty long just browsing line.

    I gave up at this point. I think I'll just hold off now until they update the hardware or I pick up a PS3. Thought about ordering online, but I think I can wait for an update (I've waited this long already). Heh....

    Dang that iPhone.....
  2. macworkerbee macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2008
    Wow, I haven't been to an Apple store during the iphone craziness but I was planning on going this week to get a couple of small things. Hmmmm, might wait a bit longer then.

    I wonder how much revenue apple is loosing from limiting the number of customers that can come in to buy products other than the iphone?
  3. pilotError macrumors 68020


    Apr 12, 2006
    Long Island
    At this point, you may want to wait.

    If Apple doesn't come up with a successor to the ATV, the PS3 is going to be $399 w/ 80GB drive and Dual Shock 3 controllers in September. Rumor has it that it will also have the 60nm graphics chip (meaning it will run cooler).
  4. Lexoticstylez02 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 11, 2007
    Orlando, Florida
  5. FaasNat thread starter macrumors regular


    Aug 30, 2002
    Hmmm, didn't know Best Buy had it. Last time I was there they didn't.
  6. gcmexico macrumors 6502a


    Dec 22, 2007
    New York City
    you should pick one up ASAP..I cancelled my cable because of it, and I couldn't be happier...saving tons of cash!
  7. SouthernMac macrumors member

    Nov 25, 2007
    Try (they don't carry them in most stores) or Amazon (you can probably get one for less than Apple will charge)
  8. Tweeksy macrumors member

    Mar 4, 2008
    I second that, umm'd and ahh'd for ages in case they updated and looked at PS3. In the end decided that as I mainly wanted it for playing back movies and I am so happy with the iPod that I would give the :apple:TV a chance and even with it's faults it does rock!

    Buying TV shows and watching them minutes later is awesome, but worryingly addictive :rolleyes:
  9. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    I saw someone buy one at Microcenter today. Better off than trying to cope with the iPhone lines at the Apple Store... :eek:
  10. tobefirst macrumors 68040


    Jan 24, 2005
    St. Louis, MO
    I bought one yesterday morning refurb'd from Apple and it will be delivered tomorrow. Speedy delivery! I can't wait to get it setup.
  11. Scott6666 macrumors 65816


    Feb 2, 2008
    Don't get one at all.

    Get a Playstation 3 instead. Get BlueRay and support for more video formats and movie rentals. Oh yeah, play games too. And it's quiet.

    My ATV is gathering dust...
  12. FaasNat thread starter macrumors regular


    Aug 30, 2002
    The PS3 route seems to be decent. However, don't know if my wife would go for a system that plays games. I keep hearing her voice in the back of my head, "If you have time to play games, you have time to vacuum!" :(
  13. Tweeksy macrumors member

    Mar 4, 2008
    Hehe, sounds familiar and has that annoying logic that you can't argue with! This is why I bought a PSP, so that I can claim I only play it when travelling or waiting in airports!

    you could try "well if you have time to shop..." just don't sue me if any injuries that you may receive!
  14. Scarpad macrumors 68000


    Jan 13, 2005
    PS3 is coming along, and support for Divx and xvid is nice, I own both and I still like the Music and Video browsing better on the ATV, if you don't mind a folder structure for browsing then a PS3 with Tversity running will allow for straming goodness. Plus I tried the Remote Play funtion on the PS3 and it works great as a Dumb terminal for playing back vids either on the ps3 itself or via the stream.
  15. monty77 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 4, 2005
    UK, South Coast
    Not all BB stores have an Apple section, check online before you go. Got mine in the US last month as it's SO much cheaper than buying it here :(

  16. Oilbrnr macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2007
    Sounds like someone has a pretty weak Pimp Hand...

  17. LinMac macrumors 65816

    Oct 28, 2007
    You're obviously not thinking about the potential for new gadgets here.. Roombas: Search for Roomba. Roombas: I assume you know how to search for Roomba. :D

    Apple really dropped the ball here. If I were in your position I would write to Apple to complain about the awful experience at their retail store. The fact that they would have you wait in a "Just Browsing" line when you clearly told them that you were there to buy an AppleTV is disappointing at the very least. I hold Apple to unreasonably high standards (we pay for this privilege) and won't hesitate to complain if the service isn't top notch. The iPhone launch is no excuse for it.

    You can always order it from with free shipping and no sales tax (depending on where you live). I like my AppleTV even if the braindead morons at the Apple store where I went to shop for mine couldn't tell a glossy screen from a matte screen (hilarious story when I went to buy a Macbook Pro and AppleTV).
  18. Rich1963 macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2008
    Just as an aside to what Linmac said, Apple does respond to directed criticism. I had what could at the very least be described as a rude and disrespectful experience at an Apple store by a 19 year old smarmy 'genius'. I was pleasantly surprised, that, upon filling out a survey I received after shopping there, I was a) called by an apple rep, and b) called by the store manager with an apology. All within 48 hours. As was stated elsewhere, I pay extra for an Apple branded product for better hardware and software design, as well as the customer service. The day Apple forgets this, they'll gain the customer service reputation of Dell.
  19. FaasNat thread starter macrumors regular


    Aug 30, 2002
  20. Bye Bye Baby macrumors 65816

    Bye Bye Baby

    Sep 15, 2004
    i(am in the)cloud

    But I suppose you could always say that if you have time to vacuum then you have time to play games. No?
  21. patmort02 macrumors member

    Mar 2, 2006
    I wouldn't suggest buying one either. Sure, it's cool and it's made by apple, but it's not very practical. That's just my opinion, because I am regretting my own purchase and I don't really use it that often.
  22. Roller macrumors 68020

    Jun 25, 2003
    Just to add a positive note, I'm really happy with my Apple TV, especially now that there are a decent number of movies to rent. I also use it to display my Aperture library and listen to my music.
  23. Cyberthato macrumors member

    Oct 24, 2006

    Do what I did, get a Roomba too =)

    PS: should have been vacuuming, I'm really drowsy at this time of day
  24. dbwie macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2007
    Albuquerque, NM, USA
    Best Buy

    Got my AppleTV at Best Buy. Their 10% off coupons, which pop up on the web occasionally, do apply towards the AppleTV.
  25. teep macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2008
    wise move to delay. I deeply regret buying mine. The ATV is fundamentally flawed. Mine hasnt ever recognised my apple ID and password since I had it, and it even blocks me from veiwing some of my own photos, and blocks many I-tunes legally purchased! Ive been all round the Muberry bush and wasted hours trying the various 'fixes' fro, the forums - nothing works! You shouldln need to be a geek to get this thing to work. Dont buy one!

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