Jeff Fretwell uses his iPhone from the time he wakes in the morning until he goes to bed at night.
He said his iPhone is also great to have when he’s stuck in line somewhere.
“It’s a constant source of information,” he said. “There’s always an app or you can Google something.”
Fretwell, who does outside sales for the oil industry, travels a lot and said he uses his smartphone as a map when he’s driving.
He also uses it to text, call and email customers.
“If I left it at home, I’d turn around and get it,” he said of his iPhone. Even if it was just a quick run to the grocery store, he doesn’t go anywhere without it.
The first AT&T store he went to in Tyler Friday had only six of the new phones available. Because Fretwell was the seventh person in line, he used his iPhone to find the store on South Broadway and got in line there.
“I’ve had an iPhone since the original,” he said, adding that he has had the iPhone 3, 3GS and 4. However, he did not get the 4S because he wanted to wait for the iPhone 5 and was excited about his first chance to talk to Siri, the iPhone’s voice-activated tool.
Walking away from the counter with his new phone, he immediately noticed a difference.
“So far, it’s just a huge difference sitting in your hands,” he said, holding his old phone in one hand and his new one in the other. “The weight of the old one and new one and the larger screen,” he added.
What excited him most about the new phone was the larger screen, the better resolution and the better camera, he said.
He also was looking forward to the new ear pods, which he said were redesigned from the ground up. He learned that by watching the two-hour keynote speech by Apple representatives last week online.
“I was probably one of the only guys that watched it,” he said.