Oct, 15 2011

When Samsung announced an unveiling that overlapped with CTIA in San Diego, and involved Google, I was ecstatic. When Samsung canceled that same event once I was already in San Diego, I was disappointed. The good part? I was in San Diego. But when Samsung and Google rescheduled that event for one week later in Hong Kong, the frustration – and then stress – reached a boiling point.

Hong Kong? Really? I had a suitcase full of dirty clothes, a plane ticket to Baltimore, and a passport sitting in a safe on the other side of the country.

Meanwhile, one of the biggest tech announcements of the year is being prepared on the other side of the world, taunting me. Daring me to attend. It’s a 15+ hour flight. The timezone is 15+ in the future. That’s a 30-hour time travel of craziness to attend what’s likely to be a 1 hour event. Not only that… a one hour event  that’s being streamed live on YouTube.

I toyed with the idea of finding an Asian-based tech writer to cover the event on behalf of Phandroid, but the perfect freelancer is hard to find. Screw it. What a waste of time and money. Is it really worth the hassle? Pssh. No way.

Wait a minute: would ESPN miss the Superbowl because it’s too far away?

Tisk, tisk, Rob J. Suck it up. Actually… suck it up?

Worst case scenario: The event sucks, they don’t have hands-on the device, they offer an Amercian version of the event in NYC, and I’m “stuck” in a pretty awesome city on the other side of the world. Boo freaking hoo.

So I stopped being a cry baby. I had my passport overnighted to San Diego. I booked a flight from San Diego, to LA, to Hong Kong and back to Baltimore. I’ll be in Hong Kong for a week – so if anyone is around – let me know.

But most importantly… I’ll be live in Hong Kong watching Samsung and Google announce Android 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich, presumably alongside the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (aka Nexus Prime). I’ll have more than enough coverage for all of our readers and I hope you all will enjoy the heck out of it. I know I will.

Hong Kong, here I come.

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