Last week I went on a trip for business (related to my ‘day job”).
Well, I got out of the car in “economy parking” at the airport, took my phone off the car charger, stuck it in the pocket on the computer bag (more on this later) and headed into the airport.
Get inside, check in and check one bag (small enough for a “carry on” but with toiletries and stuff that can’t go through security). Open the computer bag pocket to get my phone for reading matter while waiting or the plane. No phone.
Panicked, I went back to the car looking to see if I left it behind. Didn’t find it. Person at the counter was able to have my checked bag sent back up and I checked that.. No phone. Well, I was out of time so rechecked the bag and off to the trip.
Fast forward to my return. Got my checked bag and returned to the car. What should I find but phone, lying on the pavement in the parking lot next to my car. How did it get there, you ask? Well, remember I said I put it in a pocket on my computer bag? Behind that pocket there’s a “sleeve” that goes straight through (stupid feature on that laptop bag–too lazy to sew up the bottom end and make an open-topped pocket.?) I think, instead of putting the phone in the pocket I accidentally put it in the sleeve. It slid down and hit the ground ending up underneath the car parked next to me (consistent with where I found it).
Went home. Put it on the charging cable, not really expecting anything but there was nothing to lose at that point, you know.
It. started. charging.
A few minutes later I turned it on and it worked fine. I’ve been using it ever since.
Five days on the pavement in an airport parking lot. Rained on twice. Had to have been run over at least once. And. it. still. works.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini.
Their motto could be “built Samsung tough.”