I was invited to participate in Round 3 of the program and this weekend I received a really cool phone, fully-loaded with all the bells and whistles. From what I understand, I received it before it even goes into stores.
It's the new - reversible - Samsung Upstage phone and as you'll see by the photographs, it doubles as a regular phone (conventional look and file), but also flips to create a multimedia screen.
Even cooler is how you can expand the screen to a more familiar portrait representation.
Yesterday and today alone, I must have told 15+ people about the phone, including a hands-on demonstration with my NYC cab driver (don't worry the light was red)
Today, I watched MSNBC live (United Airlines made an emergency landing), used the GPS coordinates for directions and listened to Gwen Stefani's song with Akon, "Sweet
Escape" (hey, I'm experimenting)
I also took a video of myself walking the streets of Manhattan and did some cool edits of a photograph of my daughter using Sepia tone and a Heart-shaped border.
This is - by far - one of the best examples of blogger/influencer outreach that I have seen. The smart follow-through and persistence was particularly noteworthy. So was the fact they didn't nix me after round 2, in which I was fairly quiet.
Above all, credit for finally nailing it by sending the best phone possible. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this phone (reactions to it on the street have been overwhelmingly positive and yes, I disclose the fact I got this for free and am an Ambassador, but have no skin in the game) and although I said I would probably never exchange my Blackberry/Cingular for Sprint, I am coming round...