That’s all, folks!

I was a smartphone laggard. I had already built my own gaming PC rig, knew a ton about computers and the general tech industry, but my first real smartphone—a Nexus 4—only arrived in the beginning of February 2013, because Google sucked at distribution back then, and I was still attending college in the UK where these weren’t available. Up to that point, I was making use of a Nokia E72, which did nothing to steer my interest towards this ‘new’ (in my mind) industry. My Nexus 4 suffered through many of my first attempts at modding, at one point being forced to boot into a custom Android ROM that was really four different custom ROMs bundled together. Sacrilege, some would say. I’d agree.

Fresh out of uni, I chanced upon a job listing for PhoneArena. Up to that point, I don’t think I had even visited the site, though my memory might be failing me here. I had no experience in writing, my degree had nothing to do with journalism, and I wasn’t really expecting a whole lot out of the job. In fact, I distinctly remember it being the first job listing I saw up to that moment, and it was about 10 minutes away from de-activating because it was getting too old and up for automatic deletion. Long story short, I started at the PhoneArena offices in the middle of 2013 and have been reporting on mobile stuff and getting to test out pretty much every single consequential smartphone out there since. It’s been one hell of a ride. And I’ve never felt sorry for working alongside the great team here even for a second. And I never will. But now it’s time for me to move on.

The transition for me has so far been bittersweet. Just the other day, I was drinking beer at the beach with friends, whilst simultaneously stalking Ray’s liveblog of Apple’s event. In case you’re wondering, I’ll be getting the iPhone 7, as my trusty Xiaomi Mi3 is just no longer up to my requirements. The point is, I’ve learnt a ton here, and I’ve made great friends here—and though my colleagues are nerdy as hell and at times overly introverted, I’ll be damned if I ever let them go.

As for you, dear reader, I hope I’ve managed to help with your understanding of the deceptively arduous craft of smartphone building. I’ll get laughed out by any other crowd for even associating words such as sublime in the context of an inanimate object, but you bunch have provided the required audience—a place where geeks can get together and discuss geeky things. And for that, I’m thankful.




1. ben.r

Posts: 53; Member since: May 29, 2015

All the very best of luck for the future, Chris - you will be missed!

21. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

I'll always remember Chris for that legendary OnePlus 2 review :P I somewhat had a controversial thought when it came to some of your reviews, but you did had an honest opinion on them. Thanks for everything Chris..

27. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

From what I've understand; there's now a vacancy in Phone Arena... Aye, I'm a heartless and an anti-sentimental old man who believe that life is about MOVING ON...! So move on already...! Make space for others...! Life, in all honesty, is too short to take in the sights and shed tears over the losses... I started my job at age 20, and the next thing I know, I'm a retired old fart who somehow ended up in a creaky old house and made some drinking problem over the course of life... Oh well, C'Day! (Chris Day!)... Hope that makes your day, lad...! Yes, I'm not COMPLETELY heartless...!

35. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

I know John V. went to Android authority. You have any info on where Chris is going bruh?

41. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

Nah, you won't see me writing for a competitor or anything like that. I am no longer in the industry, but still lurking anonymously when opportunity strikes!

42. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Wish you all the best and luck for the opportunity you are looking for. And yeah, strike while the iron is still hot!

2. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Well, thank you Chris! We really wish you luck into the future! Goodbye from all of us!

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I don't really check who wrote what. But Chris, all the best for the future. And good luck with the iPhone 7

10. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

^this.. Anyway, wishing you the best of luck. Sort of reminds me of michael fishers last speech just after leaving pocketnow.

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

see ya later dude :D enjoy your freedom (or just some short free time before another workday :P) (btw, why did you choose LG 360VR for your last pic in this site? lol..)

24. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Probably, trying to hide his tears.

5. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016


6. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Good luck. Hope your next chapter is epic.

7. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Take Care Chris!!! Thanks for everything. I wish you well for the future!

8. Eclectech

Posts: 346; Member since: May 01, 2013

Wishing you the best Chris.

9. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Farewell Chris! That's for your articles and reviews. Good luck, bro!

11. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Thanks Chris.

12. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

Goodbye and good luck :)

13. Konsento

Posts: 139; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

good luck!

14. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Chris: Good luck PhoneArena: While reading this beautiful piece, I was interrupted by overbearing ads. No I will not turn off AdBlock.

25. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Tell me how you posted this without turning Adblock off? You know, for educational purposes.

37. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

It works on mobile

38. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I know it works in mobile but its unbearable to navigate in full page webviews. Also, following notifications doesn't work in mobile.

28. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Come-on, turn off your AdBlocker for 24 Hours in honor of Mr. Chris...!

15. Podrick

Posts: 1284; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Best of luck for your future Chris! Thank you for all the articles!

16. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3100; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Wish you the best. Good luck.

17. libra89

Posts: 2271; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Wow, wishing you the best with everything, Chris.

18. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Good luck sir!

19. lakki369

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

All the best Chris..!!

20. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

I haven't even visited the site for quite some time. But I always feel sad if someone leaves, whether from a website or from an office or any place. Just wanna say: Good bye and good luck

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