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Little cuts to the quick like an unexpected smartphone death. Oh, how we take their loyalty for granted; how little we thank them while they're around. Last week, I learned the hard way that the time we share together is precious, for my Samsung Galaxy S6 was killed while in a vulnerable charging state. Not only that, but its aggressor was – cruel, cruel fate – an iPhone 4.

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Farewell, dear friend. / © ANDROIDPIT

A final morning of innocence

It was a quiet Tuesday morning, just like any other. I already knew that having a loft bed was a hazard, having, on more than one occasion, missed a step on the way down and fallen, pathetically, to the floor. But this was nothing compared to the turn events took last Tuesday.

I've been the proud owner of a Galaxy S6 for almost a year. The most expensive phone I've ever owned, I relished its excellent camera and searing processing speeds. I would pass idle moments turning the phone over in my hands, running my fingers along its elegant chassis. I hadn't, even for a moment, contemplated what I would do without it. As I write this, my lips tremble.

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A reconstruction of the crime scene (note, in reality, the assailant was an iPhone 4). / © ANDROIDPIT

A murder most foul

But this Tuesday morning, a thousand woes befell me. As I turned over in bed and swung a lazy arm across the bedstead, I brushed my girlfriend's hand-me-down iPhone, placed absentmindedly close to the bed's edge following an early morning alarm. I tried to stop its fall, but it was too late, and a double bang signaled its arrival on the floor.

My girlfriend, distressed, began to issue a confusing series of commands and threats. I hurried down the ladder to the floor below to retrieve the device. Upon a brief inspection, all was well: no cracks nor faulty display.

But then, I wondered, why the double bang?

In a cruel twist of fate, I turned to unplug my charging Galaxy S6, only to find what appeared to be a bullet hole in the screen. The corner of the iPhone had fallen, with deliberate precision, on my beautiful, faithful companion.

All attempts to restore life were futile, the device was dead. Only a ghostly digital flicker issued from the screen.

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Like a bullet hole to my own heart: the damage done. / © ANDROIDPIT

I don't wish to point fingers, and whether the actions of the iPhone were premeditated, opportunistic, or accidental, I cannot answer for certain. Suffice to say, the blow was dealt with impressive, fatal accuracy. And my absentminded arm, which had pushed the iPhone to begin with, even makes me wonder at my own subconscious desires.

A final mourning of innoncence: funeral arrangements

Now, with the passing of my S6, and following a brief period of mourning, my thoughts turn to what I should do with the device. I ask you, dear readers, to share your thoughts on the best possible way to say goodbye, or desperately attempt to restore life, to my dear beloved. I've collected some ideas on what to do with its lifeless form below, but if you have any better ideas, please, share them in the comments. Any messages of condolence, support and comfort will also be warmly accepted.

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  • Sean Stockemer 6 months ago

    My warmest and most heartfelt condolences. To bear the burden of such a loss, is something that a technophile wouldn't wish on his archest of nemeses (why does my Swype dictionary not know 'nemeses'?). Your pain is felt by your flock of loyal readers, and on behalf of my compatriots I wish you Godspeed in your recovery. May your S6 live on in the hearts and memories of those whose lives were touched.
    It can hopefully rest easier knowing that you have composed a beautifully written, epic tribute and obituary. You and those near will remain in my thoughts, my heart, and my prayers.

    But could this be a sign from a higher power that you should buy an S7 Edge?

  • Jacques Labuschagne 6 months ago

    (joke). Wow as hard as it is for me to say and to be the bearer of bad news dear Sir, you need to get a new girlfriend it's due to her bad influence(s) that your beloved has lost it's life. She brought that vulger demonic possessed device into your home and life. This was tragic to read and will probably give me months of sleepless nights and nightmares and who knows maybe I will need therapy after this too . But I must also thank you for warning us of the dangers of iphones and to keep our prized devices as far away as possible from these idemonic murderers. My sincere condolences to you and your s6 both will be in my thoughts...


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  • Chris, I always come back to this article to pay my respects to your beloved S6.
    It's just so well written, like a story in a book, and yet so many emotions. It's a masterpiece here at the AndroidPIT.

    However since I haven't been a user here for that long, did you ever attempt resurrection of your beloved companion? And if not, well... I share the grief through this comment. I hope you can find, or have found a phone that can give you closure and a new beginning.

    Requiescat in pace.

    • Vinicius,

      Your comments are greatly appreciated. I'm glad you return to honor my phone's passing.

      In answer to your question: its fate remains in limbo. Its screen might still be repaired, but I'm not sure if its worth the money. For now, I am using a OnePlus X, and I'm very happy with it, to be honest. My S6 will not be forgotten, but my OnePlus X offers its own unique set of charms.

  • Rideau 5 months ago Link to comment

    RIP, poor Galaxy S6. I am anxious to share your grief, that really has to be very hard, it is necessary to face it with strength and courage.

  • If only there's "Give the middle finger" option to say goodbye...

  • Eric Romero
    • Mod
    6 months ago Link to comment

    That's... heartbreaking. You have my condolences, Chris Marshall.

  • Hilarious and what a shot! BTW I feel the same way for my S6, touching it, loving it!
    The iP4 was jealous that the S6 using the same materials (glass panels and metal) looked much better than it and didn't have any antenna problems. It couldn't resist that the S6 was sexier than it and that you were turning your girlfriend against it! So Job's haunting spirit did the suicidal move and voilà!
    A good excuse to get a new flagship. Get it repaired, wait for HTC, decide, then sell it and get your new friend!

  • Replacing the screen should resurrect it.

  • hey chris, why didn't you revenge your S6 death, like trying to drop your S6 on the Iphone....

    I'm sure that will make you feel much better..

  • Hi Chris I know exactly hoy you felt on discovering the death of your S6 a few weeks ago I went through the same thing but it was when I turned round and just caught the edge of my Note 3 and unlike all the other times that I had drooped it this time there was cracks running all across the screen in the end I decided to replace it with a Note 5 which at the time I ordered and paid for it I had no idea that Samsung would not give any warranty for it if it was used in the EU but except for that I love it the camera is so fast in taking photos unlike every other phone I have used also all of the settings are available to the user even down to taking photos in RAW format also it has wireless charging built in so no separate adapter to add to the phone.
    The next time you replace your phone give the Samsung Galaxy Note a chance I doubt you would be disappointed.

    Regards Poppy Ann.

  • Julie M. 6 months ago Link to comment

    Very good writing, entertaining story. I love my S6 and would try every possible way to ressurect. If it wasn't possible, then save it to remember the devastating moment and replace with another S6 or the S7.
    Disregard the notes from other whiners that don't care, it's their "choice" to read article; they act like they were forced.

  • What's the point of this ridiculous story? Adding more fuel to an already outright war between Android and Apple fans. Psychologically stupid.

  • The way you tell the story was hilarious. Remember past and buy the new one :)

  • You asshole.... U waste my time. There is no need to write this chicken sh*t. Its ur fault not the iPhone u damn fool.

    • Cory Schmidt
      • Admin
      • Staff
      6 months ago Link to comment

      How was it Chris' fault? The iPhone dropped on his device, not the other way around. Maybe you weren't entertained by the story, but it was a fun read for many on the site.

  • Just keep it man, so you can remember the day

  • consider it as a blessing in disguise..... now you have an opportunity and good reason to upgrade....

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