In case you’re one of a tiny handful of people who have not already watched this video, I thought I would embed it here. Be forewarned: the language in this epic creation is definitely not safe for the workplace – or around young children. However, it IS one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a very long time. I have watched it probably ten times already, and laugh myself stupid each and every time.
Most every I know who has watched this video has had the same reaction. It’s damn funny. Nowhere in the video does the creator, Tiny Watch Productions state their name nor place of employment. There is nothing in the video at all that would lead someone to believe that the person who made it works for Best Buy. I have watched and listened very carefully tonight, and I cannot find a single thing that points to that particular company in any way, shape or form. So, then, why is Best Buy now trying to fire the young genius who gave us this video goodness?
25-year-old Brian Maupin (of Kansas City, Missouri) has been suspended indefinitely from his job selling mobile phones at his local Best Buy. “They felt it disparaged a brand they carried (iPhone/Apple) as well as the store itself and were fearful of stockholders & customers being turned off to Best Buy Mobile,” Maupin says. Despite the fact that the cartoon character in the video states that the made-up store is called “Phone Mart,” someone at Best Buy decided it could be damaging.
Seriously? What executive (who has too much time on their hands, apparently) is responsible for thinking this one up? Come on, people. This was comedy. It was not directed at Best Buy. Brian didn’t even use his real name in the video credits. NO ONE would likely have ever made a connection to your store had it not been for you taking action against him.
The only laughable part of this whole mess is the fact that Best Buy is right… there may be people turned off of Best Buy Mobile as a result of this video. HOWEVER, it will be because of their pathetic reaction to it, and their treatment of Brian… NOT due to the video itself. Bad move, Best Buy.
My initial impressions of the HTC Evo 4G were attacked for various reasons, some people going as far as to blame me for somebody else’s shortcomings. It wasn’t a review (hence, containing the word “impressions” in the title). Now, since I didn’t mention it directly in this video – yes, Sprint did send me the device to play with (and I purchased the iPhone with my own money).
Some of you accused me for being an Apple fanboi (and looking at an Android device through rose-tinted glasses). Okay, fine – let’s see how the HTC Evo 4G stacks up against the iPhone 3GS as far as battery life is concerned.
Oh, and… you might wanna read these posts from fellow Android fans at Gizmodo and TechCrunch subsidiary MobileCrunch.
I’m not the only one claiming that the HTC Evo 4G’s battery life leaves something to be desired. Still, I’m sure several of you will take this as an opportunity to tell me that I’m biased again… despite having shown you just how well these two devices stack up in terms of core functionality.
I’d much rather have 60% battery life left at the end of the day of average usage compared to 15% after not having used the device at all. Swapping batteries? Sure. People love carrying extra batteries around – and they love the added expense, too.
After reading some of the commentary left on YouTube for this video, I’m not sure whether to laugh, cry or throw up in my mouth a little. I am including a few here for your enjoyment (or horror), along with my reactions directly underneath.
myandroid4G says that “you can clearly see this idiot left 4g on with a low signal witch mean the phone was searching for a 4g signal the whole time then your bluetooth been on mad long. lmao. stop being a fool and stop making yourself and your family look bad. I feel bad for your fans. Please someone with the overclock come show this fool this phone can last 2 days on one charge. You cant even hack the iphone to do that. Fucking stupid ass idiot, keep making yourself look foolish. lmao”
My reply to that was along the lines of: “Nice unbiased username you have there! Okay, fandroidism aside – you’re suggesting that the average user is going to understand half of what you suggested? Right. They’re going to turn on their phone and expect it to last all day – and it likely will not, as evidenced by several impartial reviews (even if you were to prove that I was unabashedly biased). Even Android fanbois are having issue with the Evo’s battery life! 🙂 How, again, is this MY problem?
drakeknowstechnology stated emphatically that “well the reason for the dead evo battery is because you have it set to have programs running in the background and that kills the battery.”
My reply: “Dude. That’s the funniest thing I’ve read all day. You’re suggesting that to get the most out of this phone, I need to… turn off its features? Alright. I capitulate. The HTC Evo 4G is awesome if you turn everything off. Happy?
RoboRope swears that I am “so wrong with this video. No way will the EVO be dead in 5 hours with no use.”
My reply was tongue-in-cheek, of course: “Holy shitballs, you’ve got to be kidding me?! I took the time to show you the battery usage screen… and I’m… wrong? No, no, no don’t shoot the messenger.”
TokyoNerd scoffed: “Of course the HTC EVO would drain the battery quick, it’s a more powerful device. More power = more battery usage. And also, we all know Apple makes the best batteries, so you don’t need to rub it in.”
I graciously offered: “You’re right. A more fair comparison would be against the iPhone 4, which purports to have 40% more battery life than the iPhone 3GS. The HTC Evo 4G’s battery life would look to be even WORSE in that comparison. You’re trying to further the argument, but you’re unintentionally supporting my side of it.”
Jambo310 tried to act all tough in saying: “Ugh total bias, you either did not charge the device sufficiently when you got it or are just lying, I know for a FACT that the evo lasts from when you get up to when you go to bed (just personal experience) with heavy usage of texting and phone calls and moderate usage of the other features (not bluetooth).”
I had to set him straight: “Charging it overnight isn’t “sufficient?” Whatever. And turning off Bluetooth isn’t a workaround – it’s a lame cop out. You’re resorting to unfounded accusations – suggesting I’m lying is the only way to bolster your position? I don’t understand how empirical evidence is anywhere near biased. What you’re looking at is as factual as it gets, dude. Read Gizmodo. Read MobileCrunch. They say the same damn thing. Battery life after meager usage is ghastly.”
Bowzer27 chimed in with: ” it went out quick because you had the Bluetooth on, which uses allot of power.”
Really? I replied: “The iPhone had Bluetooth on as well. What’s your point? If you buy a device only to turn off its features, what’s the point of buying that device in the first place? My point stands.”
As you can see, the fandroids are out for blood. Apparently, they completely missed two important points I was attempting to make:
Yes, this is a smartphone. However, does that mean only highly-experienced people should be able to use it? Why should it be so inherently difficult to figure out basic functions for the “everyday” users?
You shouldn’t have to turn off features in order to get the battery to last longer. That’s just insane.
The best comment of the day, though, reminded me exactly WHY I do what I do, and why I love to do video reviews and impressions (emphasis mine):
iTalkApple stated simply: “Best video I’ve seen about the EVO 4G. I like how you consider what the average consumer will think and aren’t afraid to criticize.”
So let’s have it: What are YOUR thoughts? Is the EVO 4G really having issues, or is it the best thing since sliced bread?
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