From Unboxing to Broken, Life Through The Eyes of Your Smartphone

Like a seven-minute episode of Black Mirror, the film is a waist-high view of a smartphone’s shelf life, but from the smartphone’s perspective.

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Jun 25 2015, 4:30pm

They follow us everywhere we go, rarely leaving our sides except by force. They remind us of things we have to remember, and things we'd rather forget. They wait by our bedsides, watching us as we sleep. No, not our pets, but man's new best friend.

Nowadays, there is no more ubiquitous a piece of technology than the smartphone, and in The Life and Death of an iPhone—a fun short film by New York City artist Paul Trillo—viewers can watch the birth, life, death (and rebirth) of a man's new iPhone.

Like a seven-minute episode of Black Mirror, the film is a waist-high view of a smartphone's shelf life, but from the smartphone's perspective. Its activation at a factory in China, the unboxing by its new owner, numerous selfies and double dates with other phones, an attempted mugging, and an eventual fall onto an unforgiving sidewalk—everything is filmed like a found footage horror movie. The video ends with the broken phone being resold and refurbished, to live anew with another owner.

The Life and Death of an iPhone is a clever peek at the inner lives of our phones, and our weird quasi-marriages to them—and a reminder that, for an inanimate piece of aluminum and silicon, death isn't always forever.