Going Off The Grid
A couple weeks ago I became the proud owner of a Samsung Galaxy S5. This was an upgrade from my S3 which has now been handed down to Monica. I’m a big fan of Samsung products, also having a Galaxy Tab and convincing Monica to buy a digital camera from the manufacturer. I absolutely love the phone and everything it does. I’m still exploring some of the features, but it’s a pretty awesome device.
Imagine my dismay when I picked up the phone on Sunday morning only to discover that the camera lens on the back was completely shattered. It looked like a little spider web. I have no earthly idea how this could have happened as I handle this phone like it’s a baby. I spent the morning searching online to see if anyone else had this problem and what I could do to repair it. It seemed like a simple enough procedure to fix it. All I’d really have to do is pop the old lens out, still held intact by the lens protector (LOT OF GOOD THAT DID) and put in a new one. It can’t be more complicated than changing an iPod battery and I did that a few years ago without issue.
Unfortunately, I found that it’s a little more complex than that. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is waterproof for up to 30 feet I believe. That’s great if I was having a water balloon fight with Aquaman and Namor the Sub-Mariner which is something I would totally do. As a result, there’s a lot of special adhesives and stuff used to secure the lens to the phone to make sure that it’s a water-tight seal. Additionally, parts for the device are not as readily available just yet as the phone is brand spanking new.
I called both Verizon and Samsung to see what I could do about having them fix it. Verizon could do nothing, but Samsung could repair the lens for $70. Yes, it would cost me $70 to get a lens replaced that’s the size of my thumbnail. Plus, it would take up to two weeks to get the phone back (2 business days to get there, 5-7 business days for them to fix it, and then 2 business days to get back to me). Can I really survive that long without a cellphone after having one for so long?
That’s what I intend to find out. I packed and shipped my phone out earlier today. At the time of this writing, I’ve been without for approximately 12 hours and I’m already going through withdrawals. I’ve had numerous moments of panic after I put my hand on my leg over my pants pocket where my phone is usually kept, only to find it empty, thinking I’ve lost the device. I’ve been cut off from communication so while I’m not in front of a computer, I have no idea what’s going on in the world. I took a crap today and was bored out of my mind.
I’m honestly not sure how long I will last like this. There are so many things with the phone that I depend on. Directions, contacts, quick look-ups of who starred in that one movie with that guy. I’m carpooling to a meeting tomorrow and realized that I have no way of telling my friend that I’ve arrived. I’m curious as to how long I will hold out before breaking down and hooking up my old old Droid X that Monica was using up until a couple weeks ago. What did people do before cellphones?
So if you need to get in touch with me, send me a physical letter via snail mail. Otherwise, send me an email and I will get back to you eventually. Alternatively, you could try smoke signals, carrier pigeons, or telegrams.