I’m a Samsung SGH i550 phone. I’m big and black, yet sleek and sexy. My 2.6″ colour screen is the envy of many. I’ve seen lots of covetous stares thrown my way when my master, Sammy whips me out from his pocket. Wolf whistles, I’ve got my fair share of them too, usually from guys.
Sammy often mutters to me lovingly, “I don’t know what I’ll do without you, baby.” I’m embarrassed that he calls me baby but better that than honey-bunny.
To illustrate how dependent Sammy is on me, let me narrate the events of one day in my life.
As usual on that day, I woke Sammy up with my alarm at 6.00 a.m. He got ready for work and by 6.20 a.m. was out of the house and zooming along the highway. While stuck at one of the traffic lights which takes at least five minutes for him to get past, he checked his appointments on my calender. It was going to be a hectic day. He had to go to Ipoh for a lunch appointment with a client and then rush back to the office for a 4.00 p.m. staff meeting. He even had time to browse through an Adobe PDF document which he had saved in my memory. It was a contract for the client. He double checked some figures using my converter. I can convert many figures : currency, area, length, power, temperature, energy etc. I’ve seen eyes popping out when Sammy uses this feature to impress nerdy types.
When we arrived at the office, he went to the pantry to get a cup of coffee. It was still too early for breakfast. He usually eats at 9.00 a.m. The door of the pantry was open and he heard voices coming from it. It turned out that it was the accountant and the receptionist having a little rendezvous. He peeped in. Their backs were towards the door. Sammy quickly whipped me out and recorded the lovebirds in action using my camcorder. That little snippet may come in handy if the accountant decides to play office politics. Then Sammy retreated and cleared his throat loudly before he entered the pantry. By then the couple had pulled apart.
That morning I rang almost non-stop as clients kept calling Sammy. His friends too smsed him frequently, sending political jokes and MMS greetings (Valentine’s was round the corner). He was able to hit the road at 10.30 a.m. He drove his boss in the company car. Barely ten minutes into the journey, the boss asked Sammy to call his secretary. Boss has his own mobile but I suppose he wanted to act like the boss. Sammy was driving, so he gave a voice command for me to call Vivien. And I did. Boss was pretty impressed with me.
When we got into Ipoh, Sammy used my GPS function to locate the client’s office. He had moved to new premises since their last visit. Not only was I able to show the map leading to the office but I was able to give audio instructions too. Boss was almost drooling with covetousness now. He kept holding on to me.
Well, Sammy and boss got to the appointment on time. The client had ordered pizza lunch and they worked through their meal ((boss complained to Sammy later, “I can’t believe we’re eating pizza in Ipoh! Ipoh! of all places!”) During the return journey, boss kept asking about me. What are my features, how to use this function or that etc etc. He was particularly impressed with the GPS and Google Maps as he didn’t have a good sense of direction and was wont to lose his way around.
When we reached the office, it was 3.30 p.m. Sammy’s sister texted him : Don’t forget about dinner tonight. 8pm at Restaurant XX. Gosh! He had forgotten about it. It was her fifth wedding anniversary. There was no time to grab a gift for her. He decided to use my Video Editor to make a photo movie for her as a stop-gap present. He had lots of pictures of his sister and brother-in-law in my image gallery. He strung together a collection of photos taken of them at family functions (using my 3.0 megapixel camera) and inserted her favourite song, Celine Dion’s Because You Loved Me from my music tracks. (As he had only owned me for several months, he had earlier transmitted the photos taken with his old camera phone using blue tooth but of course the quality is inferior to mine). Sammy managed to do this in 15 minutes before he dashed for the staff meeting at 4.00 p.m.
The meeting ended at 4.30 p.m. and just when Sammy was about to reply his emails on the computer, the system hanged. While the MIS department worked on the problem, he was able to use me to respond to urgent mails. Fortunately the wifi in the office was working. “What would I do without you, baby?” he muttered as his fingers flew over my keypad.
Sammy went straight from the office to his sister’s dinner. She was so touched by the photomovie that she cried. Women go for this sort of romantic stuff. Of course Sammy used my camcorder and camera function extensively throughout the dinner to record goofs and highlights like the time when his brother-in-law dropped the fish head into his bowl of soup and it splattered soup all over his shirt. I was passed around from person to person. Though they’ve seen me at other family get-togethers, they still couldn’t keep their hands off me. Everyone was taken by my blue track ball which makes my navigation so easy.
After the dinner, Sammy had a nasty surprise. His car had been broken into and the car radio was stolen. His Plustag was gone too. He made a report at the police station before driving home. Of course I was there to give him what he needed. I have scores of songs which he has added to his playlist and he could listen to my radio by inserting the headset.
“I don’t know what I’ll do without you, baby,” Sammy muttered as he hit the pedal while songs from Hitz.fm blasted from my loudspeaker.