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Last week, we took the wraps off a new accessory contest sponsored by Seidio, in which five lucky winners will be the recipients of a case and desktop charger of their choosing.

After reading through all 170+ entries - some funny, some tragic, some that make you feel awful for the story teller, and some that were just downright crazy, we've reached a decision on who the winners are.

So, without further ado, here they are (in no particular order):

The Winners

Ryan Duncan

First up is a tragic story of a love almost lost thanks to a dead battery, but fortunately, it has a happy ending.

Just last week I was trying to get back with my ex-girlfriend and things were going quite smoothly over a few text messages so I figured that I would simply lay everything on the line and tell her how I truly felt about her. I had my whole speech planned out in my mind and it sounded great. I was certain that it would work and cause her to fall madly in love with me again. I called her up and when she answered, I said, "Listen closely, because this is how I really feel about you." As you can guess, that was all she heard before my HTC Evo 3D died and left her with nothing but an amazingly rude sounding dial tone, as she was actually on a land line. I, having now knowledge of my battery's demise, went on extolling my love and devotion to a dumb hunk of plastic in my hand. When I was done with my poetic narrative, I thought I had rendered her speechless due to the silence from my phone! It was only then that I realized that it had died and I had no idea how much she had heard. The extremely inopportune timing of my battery failing me caused her to not answer my calls or texts for the next three days until I "happened" to bump into her at the bar (Thank you Foursquare!) and finally explain my situation. As it has turned out, we are happily back together now and my phone is charging as I type this.

Henry

This story gave me a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. I can't image what it must've felt like for Henry to watch his phone die at the exact moment it happened, but hopefully he will never have to experience it again.

[HTC Sensation] I had to do an emergency server deployment. Normally this is not a problem but I was out of the office on vacation. I had the bright idea of using logmein. Understandably, the deployment took twice as long to complete and with 6% battery to spare I typed in the final commands to start the services... but my phone dies before I can send the enter key. Lets just say some expletives were said, money was lost, and there were many, many upset people.

Heather

Okay, so this one isn't funny, but it's definitely a great example of a horrible time to have a dead battery.

ne night after work, I got in my car in the back corner of the dark parking lot only to find a dead car battery. I had left the lights on all day. Sound familiar? Everyone was gone from work, I didn't have my jumper cables with me (husband has them in his car of course) and he was out of town. I have no family in town. No one was in sight in this bad part of town. I locked myself in and pulled out my phone to call my roadside assistance. I hit the wake up button and saw red, heard a beep and dead battery. I was terrified of being stranded at night in this neighborhood. I looked in my rear view mirror and saw a security truck in the Mall parking lot across the highway, I got out ran out to the edge of the road and frantically jumped up and down waiving my arms to catch his attention, he saw me and made the trip over to help me out. I vowed, "Never again!" to let that happen.

BK W/ Bloody Sauce

This is one of those situations in which you can make light of a glum situation, thanks to autocorrect. Also, I have to ask - what's up with the name, BK?

True story, Leaving for work, i looked in my rear view mirror and saw my cat get hit by a car. So i texted my coworker as my phone died. When I got to work she let me see the text.
"running late had to turn around and bury my pot" i of course meant cat. but the fun of spell correction and dead battery. Luckily it was my coworker not my boss.

Rutherford Atlas

This one is possibly my personal favorite of the bunch. Though it's not true (nor could it ever be), it was laid out nicely, over-the-top dramatic, and the most tragic of love stories.

Imagine, if you will, a long-standing feud between Motorola and HTC. And from the fatal loins of these two manufacturers, two star-crossed lovers take their battery life.

Amidst the strife, these two lovers meet. But 'tis a forbidden love, and one that between the Bionic and Thunderbolt can never be.

After pages of boring, musty dialogue, Thunderbolt downloads an app that makes it appear as though her battery is dead. Bionic, upon discovering her lifeless screen and unresponsive kickstand, discharges his battery forever. Upon waking, Thunderbolt realizes her mistake and, in a fit of agony, joins Bionic in eternal slumber.

Well, I tend to think that most irony (yes, even cosmic irony) is funny, but maybe I overdid it.

Congratulations to all of the winners, someone will be contacting you shortly with information on how to claim your prize.

For those who didn't win this one -- stay tuned, as we have many more contests coming down the pike very soon.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • SDL

    Congrats to the winners. I give up. Enjoy.

  • bk w/ bloody sauce

    sweet, thanks, this is actually for my kid, he loves that phone...
    the name is I did some writing for a friday the 13th site and alot for fridaypedia... and I was listening to alot of g-love at the time, mix the two...get it? Thanks again and congrats to everyone else that won!

  • Rutherford Atlas

    Thanks, AP! :)

    Similarly to BK, mine is actually for my wife, as I'm still rocking an original DROID--which is far too old to be on the list. She JUST got her Thunderbolt, so the timing couldn't be more perfect!

    And here I am, due for a new phone. Fingers crossed that Sammy releases [insert whatever name they're calling the Prime now] with Ice Cream Sandwich on Verizon.

  • Abhishek

    Congrats to all the winners!! :)

    But one complaint-

    We have to answer this question :

    "What is the funniest scenario you can think of for running out of battery?"

    And from all the above stories...only one was literally comic or funny. Well if you don't adhere to the rules you have laid out then please don't lay them out. :)
    You would have simply asked to write a scenario of running out of battery....why to add "funny" when you were not actually looking for funny scenarios !!

    Thanks for understanding!! Keep the contests coming....one day i might win :)

    • J Rush

      I noticed that as well. But hey -- I'm not the judge, therefore I can't. Congratulations my friends! Live long and prosper!