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I left my Nexus 7 for a younger model

We had the best of times, but they're over now.

Dear Nexus 7,

We need to talk. We've been together for nearly four years now and have had some good times, haven't we? I mean, you were my first tablet. I'd never met any device like you before. You were gorgeous. I'm still not sure how you managed to slip that ample touch screen of yours into a Poetic slimline case, but you made it look effortless.

We were inseparable, you and I. You were my streaming-content remote, my internet radio and my guide through some of the kinkiest porn sites the web had to offer. We used to go everywhere together. Remember the trips to NYC and Las Vegas? Or the weekend getaways to our cabin in Tahoe? I didn't even need internet access there, all I needed was you. Those were some of the happiest times of my life, and I'll never forget them. But, baby, you've changed.

Somewhere along the way, we started to grow apart. You slowly became less and less responsive to my needs, you'd ignore my touch and sometimes freeze me out entirely. I thought that if I held your power button until you fell asleep, let you rest until the morning, you might forgive whatever I did to upset you. Once I even factory reset our relationship and tried to start over with a clean slate. But no matter how many times I tried to rebuild our relationship, no matter how well we got along for the few weeks after resets, you'd invariably shut me out again.

For the longest time, I stood by you, despite your increasingly cold demeanor. But it's time to move on. For both our sakes. You see, I've met something new. It's a Nexus, like you, just... a bit smaller and faster. Look, don't take your frustrations out on the 6P. It isn't as endowed as you are in the screen department, but with a fingerprint scanner, faster processor, better memory and cellular call capabilities, it does things I never imagined a device could do. That's not your fault; you're beautiful just the way you are.

I hate to use the cliche of "it's not you, it's me," but this time it's true. I've discovered there are things I want from my mobile device that you simply can't provide. And it's not like we're never going to see each other again -- you'll still live in my computer bag, and I promise, every time I fly, you'll be the one I download movies onto to watch during the flight. So please, if you ever loved me as much as I loved you, just try to be happy for me. I will always remember you as you were.



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