BERLIN – Samsung E108, the dumbest phone available at the German big box retailer Media Markt but whose battery life on one charge lasted longer than most relationships, died March 6 in Berlin of complications resulting from its owner unintentionally smashing it with his ass. It was about 19 months old.
The owner-killer Stephen Lowman confirmed its death.
Throughout its life, the Samsung E108 left Lowman deeply ambivalent. Its ease of use and simple programs, such as Alarm Clock and Snake and T9 predictive text, led Lowman to lionize the phone as a humble rebel in a sea of pretentious shiny show-offs incessantly pinging and flashing and WhatsApping at you.
Other times, Lowman vilified it as the foe in his front pocket determined to make sure that he remained lost without Google Maps, longing to check his email, and pathetically lacking the ability to take
dong shots pictures of food.
Samsung E108 came into the world in Marburg, a western German town famous for the eponymous virus and wide variety of casseroles, and left it thanks to the capriciousness of fate on the M29 bus somewhere between Neukölln and Kreuzberg.
It is survived by a 5-year-old MacBook and a Flip video camera.