Dropped iPad 2

Discussion in 'iPad' started by eclipseprez, Mar 28, 2011.

  1. eclipseprez macrumors newbie

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    Consumers don't understand the loyalty Apple customers have...

    Just one more reason to buy Apple. As I left home this morning I dropped my iPad 2 on the driveway. I just bought it on March 11 with all the other Apple nuts! I hoped for the best but when I got in the truck to head to work I reluctantly took a look only to discover it had hit on the upper left corner, shattered the glass and almost creased the back panel near the camera. It was pretty much ruined. To my amazement it still powered on and worked! I was sick to my stomach. I headed to work immediately and started searching for a replacement. Much to my disappointment we all know the outcome. I decided to head over to the local Apple store. They quickly made an appointment at the Genius Bar. I wondered why as I simply wanted to purchase a replacement immediately. After a very brief wait, the girl took all my information and serial number of the iPad 2. Within minutes she advised Apple would replace, at no cost, within 2-3 days. Absolutely unbelievable...made my day, week, month! I was already a loyal customer and that will continue for life now. There's not another company in America that stands behind its products or warranties like Apple does. It was clearly dropped and absolutely no fault of Apple but was replaced free of charge, no questions asked! I've had Apple products for years and there is no reason whatsoever to ever look any further.
     
  2. Pballer110 macrumors 6502

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    Your pretty lucky. Although apple stand behind its products and has great customer service, this issue is something that they clearly could have denied warranty for. You must have been sincere and got an empathetic genius who felt bad for you. But congrats man!
     
  3. Gix1k macrumors 68030

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    Very good for you, but one wonders why they did this.
     
  4. Mattstkc macrumors 6502a

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    that's your "get out of jail free" ipad. It's like spiderman with his webs. Everybody gets one.

    I saw someone who looked like she dropped a cinder block on her iphone and they replaced it and said "this is your one get out of jail free iphone, we will not be doing this again". BE CAREFUL!
     
  5. Amazing Iceman macrumors 68040

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    A nightmare that turned into a happy dream...

    It's great that you had it replaced! Very unlikely, but it did happen.

    It would be a good idea to get Accidental Damage Insurance in case it happens again. It's not expensive, and would add peace of mind to you.
    When I got my iPAD1 I found a company called Safeware, now there are several others. I insured my iPad for accidental damage and theft.
     
  6. jclardy macrumors 68040

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    Thats pretty sweet. I heard rumors on previous launches that Apple collects a certain number of dropped iPads to analyze the drop to potentially improve future models. Somehow I doubt this as they could test this in house in a more controlled environment, but it is an idea.

    I dropped my iPad 2 yesterday as well. I was lifting my 50 pound guitar amp of of my car trunk with my iPad under my arm. Luckily it was in my sleeve case that I got from Sprint for trying the Overdrive. It landed vertically on on of the longer sides on the asphalt in the street. When I took it out there was no damage so I was pretty relieved.
     
  7. DiamondGCoupe macrumors 6502

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    Buy a case this time lol and not one of those silly smart covers.
     
  8. Steelers7510 macrumors 6502

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    I'm still waiting for one of those idiots to come in and say "pictures or it didn't happen" lol.

    Congrats man!
     
  9. leisenstein macrumors member

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    I had a co-worker that dropped his MacBook, but it just put a small crack on the laptop.

    About a year later, his hard drive died and he had Applecare on it. He took it to the store and they refused to fix it. They said since he dropped it, the warranty was voided.

    You were really lucky because they weren't so nice to him.
     
  10. melman101 macrumors 68030

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    This is a rare occurrence. Apple has never generously replaced anything for me. It could be because I live and frequent the NYC/Westchester Apple stores. I have no idea.

    That being said, I did buy a Worth Ave Group insurance policy which covers accidental damage + theft for 2 years.
     
  11. guitardogcar macrumors member

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    There is truth to the "get out of jail free iPad"...

    I am typing on one my brother dropped and was replaced at the store with those words. 5 minutes in and out.

    Lucky? Incredibly!

    Satisfied? Incredibly!

    Apple did the unexpected for me too. It was an 800 dollar oops made MORE than right by Apple IMHO.

    gdc
     
  12. deathcab4xtina macrumors regular

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  13. DiamondMac macrumors 68040

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    Same thing that happened to me with my iPhone

    It pays to be honest with them
     
  14. guitardogcar macrumors member

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    It would be nice to not have to prove that a company is good. But, here, sir troll, is better than a picture.

    Photoshopping is done to remove barcode, serials, name, and address...please don't be as dumb as to question an emailed receipt though.

    Ahhhh, newbie doesn't mean I haven't read this since inception.

    Peace,

    gdc
     

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  15. skids929 macrumors 6502a

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    Assuming this is a true story..Its the most genius customer service ever. Think about it for whatever their cost is on that iPad2 they bought a loyal customer for life. Not to mention all the people he/she will tell about this.

    Powerful message, very powerful. More companies that are bathing in profit like Apple should adopt this mantra.
     
  16. TOYOTATruck07 macrumors member

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    I can verify apple is doing this for some customers with iPad 2's. I fell down a flight of stairs with my iPad 2 Sunday 3/13 and it was replaced at apple store Monday 3/14 no questions asked. Was honest with the genius as to what had happened, first thing out of his mouth was "I'm going to go ahead and replace it." He then pulled a brand new one from the back and I was out in 10 minutes.
     
  17. superstrikertwo macrumors 65816

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    I've heard of Apple doing this with new products. They take the broken ones and use it for diagnostic testing or something. Similar to the iTunes pop-up asking you to send data except this time it's your hardware.
     
  18. MasonH macrumors member

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    Ahh c'mon. No need to instantly start calling people names. He may have been just joking around. Especially since another poster basically dared someone to come say exactly that.

    I think it's great customer service and spreads goodwill... but maybe I'm thick because I don't see what the receipt proves. I mean, like about 100 other people over here, you may have just had a swap for... wait for it... "backlight bleed" :D (runs and ducks for cover)
     
  19. MasonH macrumors member

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    I bet you went in with crutches and a full body cast (j/k)

    Seriously that's another nice story of smart customer service.
     
  20. guitardogcar macrumors member

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    True. Apologies.

    It is lucky. And nice.
     

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