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#17 "We have Apple stores."
I don't know what the fuss is about Apple stores, but I've only been in one of them, in Orlando, and it was a zoo. My octogenarian Dad once got sent to a Best Buy when an Apple store couldn't figure out how to get the iPad and printer they'd sold him to work. So my limited experience of Apple stores is meh.
But some of my ZDNet colleagues have waxed poetic about Apple Stores. Just this week, Ken Hess told us, A funny thing happened to me on the way to the Apple store and Jason Perlow has had good experiences there as well.
But I honestly don't think they're all that much better than the local AT&T and Verizon stores. My local AT&T store had some issues, but the Orlando Apple store certainly wasn't more inviting. Our local Verizon store has been quite pleasant, and it's a short distance away, rather than a three-hour round trip.
Should Apple users feel better about themselves because of this? Apple stores do have the reputation for being quite the spectacle in certain locations, so if you're near one of the spotlight stores, have fun with it. If your Apple store rocks a bus station vibe, then you might as well go to your local carrier store.
Images courtesy Apple, Verizon, AT&T, Jason Perlow, and CNET.