A Vancouver Girl's Guide to the iPhone 2

Comments 5 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Welcome to the second installment of “A Vancouver Girl’s Guide to the iPhone“. The other morning I set out on a trusty #19 bus from downtown to Metrotown on a quest to find a case for my iPhone. Why didn’t I take the Skytrain? I had some time to kill and the direct bus 40 minutes straight up Kingsway is actually a very nice alternate route.

Upon arriving at the Crystal Mall [Google Map] I immediately felt like a hamster in some sort of maze experiment. The Crystal is one funky place.

Signs in multiple languages and smells of fresh cut flowers mixed with dried herbs and filleted salmon filled the air as I meandered through the circular passages to find a directory.

Electronics” in the yellow zone – bingo! I headed over to that spoke in the wheel to find only one shop open. I peeked in and asked if they sold iPhone cases, which they didn’t but i was instructed to head over to J&K, which just happened to be closed that day. I wandered around the “Electronics” zone a little while longer and doubled back to where I started only to find Sim Star. For $10 I got a clear protector for my screen and a white silicone case.

NOTE: When purchasing a case make sure it’s specifically for the iPhone – not for the iPod Touch – otherwise it won’t have a hole on the back for the camera.

iPhone Protection

Unfortunately I didn’t have many more options as the other shops were closed for the day and I simply couldn’t wait to come back after the holidays. Otherwise I would have preferred a pink or blue silicone cover, but white will do for now. At least with the screen and body covered I won’t handle it as gingerly as before, and will actually put it up to my ear when I’m on the phone. However, I’m still a bit cautious and haven’t tried wearing diamond earrings cause those might scratch the glass. You know, if I had a pair of diamond earrings.

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  1. SpikeThursday, January 3rd, 2008 — 9:11am PST

    Don’t worry about the glass. I’ve treated mine like a phone for the past three months — tossed it into my overstuffed laptop bag, shoved it in various coat and jeans pockets, dropped it, bumped it, etc., and all without a case of any kind. The stainless perimeter ring is covered in scratches, but the screen is unblemished.

  2. zonaThursday, January 3rd, 2008 — 9:31am PST

    Hey, now John has to take that pair back to the jewelers. Ya can’t have a scratched iPhone! 🙂

  3. AdelaideThursday, January 3rd, 2008 — 10:19am PST

    I’ve been to Crystal Mall. I agree that it’s a totally confusing circular maze. And all the shops end up looking alike, and then you’re not sure where you started out in the first place. 🙂

  4. JohnThursday, January 3rd, 2008 — 10:48am PST

    You’ve pointed out the most annoying thing about the Crystal ‘Mall’ (I use that word loosely) which is that each store seems to have their own hours and it doesn’t even seem consistent. More like whenever they get there they open and close when they want to unlike a ‘real’ mall whose hours are pretty regulated.

    Oh well, still a fun place to go to…too bad you didn’t get into some of the other places as they have more options…of course they are cheap so you could have more than one case…

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