How can I give iOS 8 and iPhone a good try?

Mildredop

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I've been Android for several years, but I have to say that iOS 8, Swype and the fingerprint sensor are making me seriously consider returning to the iPhone.

But, when the time comes, how can I actually 'test drive' the phone? I appreciate I can stand in the Apple Store and fend-off all the kids whilst I try and look at one, but I assume I won't be able to make calls, load apps etc.
 

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I've been Android for several years, but I have to say that iOS 8, Swype and the fingerprint sensor are making me seriously consider returning to the iPhone.

But, when the time comes, how can I actually 'test drive' the phone? I appreciate I can stand in the Apple Store and fend-off all the kids whilst I try and look at one, but I assume I won't be able to make calls, load apps etc.
Walk into a store and sample the display.
 
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If you're not willing to try it in the store, you're only option (short of borrowing a friend's) is to buy one.
 
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Mildredop

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Can you not just buy one and make use of the 14 day returns policy? Most carriers here allow 2 weeks if you do not like the phone.
So I can go to Apple, buy the phone, use it for two weeks and then return it just because I don't like it? And get a full refund? That would be the ideal option - didn't realise I could do that.

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What are you expecting. Are you wanting a sneek peak at the iPhone 6 on iOS8? You need to go to a store or borrow a friends like others have told you. No amount of words could decribe the experience better that hands on.
More than a sneek peek, a proper good couple of days of useage.
 
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So I can go to Apple, buy the phone, use it for two weeks and then return it just because I don't like it? And get a full refund? That would be the ideal option - didn't realise I could do that
It would depend what contract you buy it on. I doubt you could buy the phone outright and then return it just because you don't like it. I know if you buy it on a contract most carriers in the UK offer a 14 day cooling off period. It also depends what part of the world you are in, I can only comment from my knowledge here.
 
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It would depend what contract you buy it on. I doubt you could buy the phone outright and then return it just because you don't like it. I know if you buy it on a contract most carriers in the UK offer a 14 day cooling off period. It also depends what part of the world you are in, I can only comment from my knowledge here.
I don't do contracts - it's cheaper to buy outright so that's what I've done for several years.

So I guess I could sign a contract, try it and if I like it, return it, cancel it and then go and buy one outright?

Seems quite underhanded and unfair on the carrier when all I want to do it try before I buy.
 
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How can I give iOS8 and iPhone a good try?

I don't do contracts - it's cheaper to buy outright so that's what I've done for several years.



So I guess I could sign a contract, try it and if I like it, return it, cancel it and then go and buy one outright?



Seems quite underhanded and unfair on the carrier when all I want to do it try before I buy.

I think more likely you'd be locked into the contract and the carrier would offer you a different phone. If you don't do contracts then you have no alternative than to buy the phone, try it, and accept the possibility you might lose a little money if you don't like it. You might even make money if you get a launch iPhone and the supply chain is limited as often happens.
 
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I believe apple now has a restocking fee. Your best bet is to go to an apple store and play with the phone for hours and hours. Apple loads up the display models with tons of apps, so you can get to try out all of the hot apps as well.

If you are really not sure if you will like the iphone, your best bet is play around with it in a store. As maflynn said above, short of borrowing one phone, anything else in the US is likely to cost you some money.

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I don't do contracts - it's cheaper to buy outright so that's what I've done for several years.

So I guess I could sign a contract, try it and if I like it, return it, cancel it and then go and buy one outright?

Seems quite underhanded and unfair on the carrier when all I want to do it try before I buy.
Try before you buy is legitimate, however, most likely a restocking fee will apply. You can play with an iphone for hours at the apple store...they won't throw you out.
 
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I believe apple now has a restocking fee. Your best bet is to go to an apple store and play with the phone for hours and hours. Apple loads up the display models with tons of apps, so you can get to try out all of the hot apps as well.

If you are really not sure if you will like the iphone, your best bet is play around with it in a store. As maflynn said above, short of borrowing one phone, anything else in the US is likely to cost you some money.

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Try before you buy is legitimate, however, most likely a restocking fee will apply. You can play with an iphone for hours at the apple store...they won't throw you out.
Do you think there is any way of seeing how the iPhone handles calls and texts/notifications from within a store though?

I do find Apple Stores incredibly horrible places to stay for more than a few minutes. Mainly due to the sheer number of people/children checking Facebook and making silly faces into the webcams.
 
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Do you think there is any way of seeing how the iPhone handles calls and texts/notifications from within a store though?

I do find Apple Stores incredibly horrible places to stay for more than a few minutes. Mainly due to the sheer number of people/children checking Facebook and making silly faces into the webcams.
I hear you on the comments on the apple store. However, in my local apple store there must be at least 20 of everything (if not more) on display. You could go at a time where there is likely not to be crowds. I went there over the last long weekend and the store was empty.
 
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I don't do contracts - it's cheaper to buy outright so that's what I've done for several years.

So I guess I could sign a contract, try it and if I like it, return it, cancel it and then go and buy one outright?

Seems quite underhanded and unfair on the carrier when all I want to do it try before I buy.
That other person is wrong. Everything Apple sells has at least a 14-day return policy, even the off-contract iPhones. I'd know, I also only buy my phones off-contract and had to do the same last year with the 5S. You definitely will be able to walk in, buy one off-contract, and use it for 14 days with no hassle. If you don't like it, return it within those 14 days and get a full refund. Simple as that.
 
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I think more likely you'd be locked into the contract and the carrier would offer you a different phone. If you don't do contracts then you have no alternative than to buy the phone, try it, and accept the possibility you might lose a little money if you don't like it. You might even make money if you get a launch iPhone and the supply chain is limited as often happens.
Most of the U.S. carriers have a cancellation period that coincides with the phone's return policy. Of course, that is always subject to change.
 
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Mildredop

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Can you do that with a car? Can you do that with anything else? Your expectations are unreasonable.
With a car, you can do a test drive. With my last car I did an extended test drive where I had it for an entire weekend.

Playing with the iPhone in the store is equivalent to sitting in the car in the showroom, jabbing at some buttons and playing with the electric seats. It's not a true test as to its suitability for your needs/desires.
 
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With a car, you can do a test drive. With my last car I did an extended test drive where I had it for an entire weekend.

Playing with the iPhone in the store is equivalent to sitting in the car in the showroom, jabbing at some buttons and playing with the electric seats. It's not a true test as to its suitability for your needs/desires.
Do you have an issue with buying the phone and returning it within the return window? Seems like the best way to accomplish what you are wanting to do.
 
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I7guy

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Do you have an issue with buying the phone and returning it within the return window? Seems like the best way to accomplish what you are wanting to do.
As said above a restocking fee most probably will apply.

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With a car, you can do a test drive. With my last car I did an extended test drive where I had it for an entire weekend.

Playing with the iPhone in the store is equivalent to sitting in the car in the showroom, jabbing at some buttons and playing with the electric seats. It's not a true test as to its suitability for your needs/desires.
That's not really true. You can test most of the iPhone in an apple store; including call quality, texting, apps. There is actually little you can't test. As an electronic device there are no weekend test drives.
 
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