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5 Better Ways to Spend Your Time than Waiting at the Store

 Here at Puls we get asked all the time: how long does it take to replace my iPhone screen at the Apple Store or a mall kiosk? The answer: too long.

It’s not that we have anything against a local repair shop or the Apple Store - it’s just that if we can avoid the long lines and potential fallout from customer temper tantrums, we’ll do just about anything. Apple doesn’t release the hard numbers on wait times, but according to anecdotal testimony from bloggers who’ve worked at the Genius Bar, it’s not unusual for even people who have made appointments to wait up to an hour.

But appointments are often available only days in advance, and though walk-ins are accepted, those who choose to take their chances can easily face a 90-minute wait – though it’s often much longer. The consensus is that once you’re at the Genius Bar or mall kiosk, it takes about an hour for them to fix your cracked iPhone screen. Factor in travel time – let’s say a conservative estimate would be 20 minutes in each direction, plus parking, and all of a sudden, this simple trip to the Apple Store or kiosk is taking up a three-hour chunk of your day.

Fortunately, Puls has a simple solution – you choose the time and place that you want your cracked phone screen fixed (or any other type of repair, including water damage, battery replacement, broken power button, or what-have-you), and we come to you, often in less than an hour. This way, you'll avoid waiting at the store altogether. With our highly-vetted technicians and lifetime guarantee, you can confidently have your device serviced while you get on with your life.

The only question is now, what will you do with all that extra free time? Don’t worry – we have the solution for that, too. Here are five things you can accomplish in the time it would take you to get your phone fixed at waiting at the store:


1) Watch a Lord of the Rings movie

lord of the rings Lord of the Rings cosplay can be a good option, too! (Photo Credit: Ryan Quick)


Do you want more magic in your life? Do you miss young Elijah Wood? Pick any one of the Lord of the Rings or Hobbit movies, and you’ll have enough hobbits, orcs, elves, and Gollums to keep you going for awhile. But think about it – if you can watch an entire Peter Jackson movie in the same time it takes you waiting at the store in the mall or the Apple Store, that’s a long wait! 


2) Build an entire house – and beat a world record

Yes, you heard us right – in 2002, Habitat for Humanity set the record for fastest house ever built from scratch, coming in at just under 3.5 hours. Think you can break a record? Feel like building yourself a new house? See if you can beat their record. And yeah, it’s slightly longer than 3 hours, but come on – it’s a new house!


3) Crochet yourself a new iPhone case

crochet yourself a phone case Thread Crocheting Hand Made DIY Yarn Knitting - a great option rather than waiting at the store.


How does the saying go? Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me? You may have a cracked iPhone screen today, but protect your future self from suffering a similar catastrophe by crocheting yourself one of these stylish yet utilitarian iPhone cases. These cases protect your iPhone screen from shattering, while hearkening back to a simpler time. And, in three hours, you might even be able to make a second one for a friend - rather than waiting at the store.


4) Read “The Old Man and the Sea”

old man and the sea
The Old Man and the Sea, a timeless classic.


It’s important to be well-read if you want to go around in high society – and while you do crack open the occasional book, we’re not quite sure that those stories featuring the teenage vampires and werewolves count as an intellectual pursuit.

At a scant 128 pages, “The Old Man and the Sea” is a novella that’s easily read in one quick sitting. After you’ve finished it you’ll be able to say that you’ve read Ernest Hemingway, and you’ll look impressive at fancy parties.


5) Set up your smart home


puls technician holding the google home Google Home setup isn't as easy as you might have hoped - that's where Puls comes in.


You know that your thermostat and stereo can communicate with each other – you’re just not quite sure how to get them on the same frequency. Also, your television is involved somehow, plus that new Philips Hue light system you sprung for? It’s understandable why you’ve put setting up your smart home off for this long, but now that you’ve got the afternoon free, why not break out those user manuals and start getting your devices on the same wireless network?

Conveniently, Puls offers a solution for this, too. Just like our smart phone technicians will visit you at the time and place of your choosing, we’ve got technicians who are ready to visit you and help you setup your smart home on your schedule. So you can toss out the user manuals and enjoy your afternoon off. The only question is now, what will you do with all that free time? Stay tuned for the next piece in this installment: 5 things you can do instead of attempting to setup your smart home.

Jake S.
Jake S.
Jake Sherman is a professional writer with a background in journalism. He is fascinated by home appliances and how they work. He enjoys breaking down complex topics and explaining them in interesting ways. He has been a Puls staff writer for two years. When he's not writing, he enjoys trotting around the globe, trying unfamiliar foods, and testing unmarked doors to see if they're locked.

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