New Phone, Who Dis?

Last night I broke down and upgraded my phone. I had my Samsung for four years, four years on 1 December 2019. That Samsung was my baby and it helped me capture some important events over the last four years. However, the camera was falling short and the battery was failing. My phone would randomly die between 50-75% and when I would plug it in to charge, the battery screen would say the battery was between 0-9%.

This phone replaced the last one that died on 30 November 2015, on the first day of my full-time job. An omen perhaps? The phone just died and wouldn’t turn on again. I lost everything, had to start from scratch, and that was an awful feeling I wanted to prevent in 2019.

I walked into the Verizon store on 15th and Walnut in Philadelphia, checked in, and waited. Finally, my moment of reckoning! The Verizon sales associate walked over, asked me what I was looking for in a phone, I told him I’m a photographer and my budget is $30/month. He had a great idea, the phone he used. Google Pixel 4; it is $2 over budget, and the camera is awesome. I am now a proud owner of a Google Pixel 4. As he was personalizing my phone, adding the case and screen protector, I was crying tears of excitement and joy.

Google Pixel 4’s camera is awesome and I captured moments from the Art Museum. I sent mom the photos and she agreed, the quality is professional like. I had a great time at the art museum listening to the swing band and exploring exhibits.


However, I love how they decorated for the holidays. I joined the other tourists and had my photos taken with my new phone. I also stopped at the new cafe and they had some gluten-free options for treats. My heart was happy.


The battery lasts for 18 hours, so no more worrying about getting stranded. I got stranded a few times because my Samsung randomly died.  While I told the associate photography was mostly the reason, safety was the main reason. I’m taking dad to Baltimore in two weeks and I didn’t want a dying phone on my hands.

I also can’t wait to capture my Happiness Box moments and photos of  the Happiness Box for the book I want to write. Google Pixel will capture all the moments of my life and I look forward to spending the next three years with the phone.

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Creator of the Happiness Box Project Initiative, a project where you write your happiness or gratitude each day, then open the box in the New Year. The Initiative is to teach joy and gratitude, to pass it on to others.

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