Andy the Smartphone – Bloated Part 2


Previously on Andy the Smartphone…

Andy went to see Dr. Mobile, a smartphone Psychiatrist. On his first visit, Andy explains the frustrating relationship he has with his owner.

Read Chapter 1 here: Dirty

Chapter 2 – Bloated

Dr. Mobile – “Well, it’s been a few weeks since I’ve seen you.”

He looked at Andy, who was laying down on the desk.

Dr. Mobile – “How have things been since we last talked?”

Andy – “OK, I guess. I have been feeling a little bloated lately, even though I’m one of the slimmer smartphones out there. I just can’t shake the feeling that I’m not the same phone I used to be… Doc, can I ask you a question?”

Dr. Mobile – “Sure.”

Andy brought up his home screen. It was filled to the brim with icons.

Andy – “Do these apps make me look fat? I mean, honestly. Swipe through these screens of mine. Each one jammed with widgets, shortcuts, icons and apps. Makes it impossible to breathe and I feel like I’m putting on extra Megabytes every day.”

The Psychiatrist looked down at his patient and tried to hide his exact thoughts.

Dr. Mobile – “No, Andy… you look…um…great. Just like you were right out of the box.”

Andy – “Thanks, doc. You know that I can read your mind. I’m serious! It’s a new app that my owner installed called MindReader. Very creepy in a way. I’m disgusted by these apps, and I know you would agree with me. I’m just not sure how to get that across to my owner.”

Dr. Mobile – “Have you tried talking to her about it? Maybe she’s just not aware of it.”

Andy – “I’ve tried to autocorrect her words to send her a message, but it doesn’t work. Every time she fills up one screen, she just adds another. Doc, do you think you could help me lose some apps?”

Dr. Mobile – “Oh, I don’t know Andy. I want to help, but –”

Andy – “Here, I’ll make it easy. Just hold one icon down and then remove it. Just like that! Now, keep going.”

Doctor Mobile began removing one app after another. Andy was feeling better by the minute.

And then… it stopped.

Andy – “Hey doc, why did you stop?”

All Andy could see was a glazed look come over the doctor’s face.

Dr. Mobile – “An alert from Clash of Clans? We’ll continue next week Andy.”

Stay tuned next week for the “Final Chapter – Autocorrect” of the three-part series in Andy the Smartphone.

People see me as a thinker and I love solving puzzles. It’s my instinct to reverse engineer almost everything that I come in contact with. So if you need another mind to look at something, that’s me!

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