Customer: I wish to complain about this here fox what I purchased not half an hour ago from this very boutique. Shopkeeper: Oh yes, uh, Firefox OS …What’s,uh…What’s wrong with it? Customer: I’ll tell you what’s wrong with it, my lad. It’s dead, that’s what’s wrong with it! Shopkeeper: No, no, ‘e’s uh,…it’s resting. Customer: Look, matey, I know a dead fox when I see one, and I’m looking at one right now. Shopkeeper: No no it’s not dead, it’s restin’! Remarkable software, Firefox OS, idn’it, ay? Beautiful openness!
I was pretty happy with my Samsung Galaxy S II, especially after the non-trivial Jelly Bean upgrade some time ago. Because of that and as I wanted to wait until I had 3 vouchers from my employer (which covers the bulk of the cost of a high-end device), I decided to hang on to my S II for one more year.
But then (about a week after the guarantee period ended) it died on me. Black screen, no sound what so ever. I tried charging it (the battery was running low a couple of hours before), but the thing remained dark. I tried replacing the battery with a known good one, but still nothing but silence. I banged it against the counter of the shop where I bought it and threw it up in the air while yelling slightly frantically;
‘ELLO SAMMY!!!!! Testing! Testing! Testing! Testing! This is your nine o’clock alarm call! … THIS IS AN EX-SMARTPHONE!
And then i saw colleague after colleague (Benoit & evil twin Jean-Paul) surrender to the sweetness of what is considered the current hotshot smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S 4. And after someone (Gregory, great chap!) gave me his voucher (on condition he would get mine next year), I caved and ran down to buy me that beautiful telephone. So (again) no Firefox OS phone for me just yet, I have me a new PRISM-device to tame.