Posted by: Ddevine
4G, Apple, BlackBerry, EVO, HTC, iPhone, smartphones, Sprint, WiMAX, wireless service
We’ve been keeping an eye on the market’s response to the HTC EVO 4G ever since hearing that the dual-mode smartphone would be a key element in Sprint’s push to improve wireless customer satisfaction and stem subscriber base decline. So we weren’t too blown away when Sprint CEO Dan Hesse told attendees at a conference in New York on Tuesday that high demand was causing spot shortages of the new phone. (Exhale, eager consumers who’ve been shut out during the roughly one-week drought: Our buddies at Brighthand.com tell us that EVOs are once again in stock.)
The impressive early sales of the unit did have us wondering, though: What exactly sparked the demand? The crisp 4.3-inch display? The unique WiMAX capability? The fact that it runs on an Android OS 2.1? Or was it the catchy pro-EVO/anti-iPhone 4 hip-hop track? (Video after the jump.)
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What you’re watching is vlogger Tahir Jahi, “the mobile MC,” rhyming on what he says he believes to be “the first commercial rap video [made] using the HTC EVO.” Pretty slick, huh? Provided he’s telling the truth, the video and sound quality seem to come off darn well for a handset. And bonus points for keeping the song’s running time to about a minute — if he’d tried to tack on additional verses and shoehorn in a rhyme about a 1GHz Snapdragon processor or something, this would’ve felt like a bit much. (Let’s be honest: Most of the three-minute explanation/promotion/comedy bit could’ve been left on the cutting room floor, too.)
But he’s not just on-screen promoting his phone of choice; he’s also throwing shots at the EVO’s competitors, telling listeners to “lay that BlackBerry down” and calling out Apple’s iPhone 4. Check out the hook, circa the one-minute mark: “Breathe on ‘em and leave they minds blown / the EVO drops jaws like calls on iPhones.” Woof. Them’s fighting words where I come from.
Folks, if you’re anything like me, I’m sure you’re waiting with bated breath for some random Apple user to respond, because there’s nothing — and I mean nothing — more spellbinding than smartphone-centric hip-hop battles.