It's been almost five months since HTC's Evo 4G showed up at Sprint and the wireless carrier is just now getting around to selling an official HDMI dock for the device.
The dock runs $40 and comes with an HDMI cable. It's glossy (hello fingerprints), weighs about 3.8 ounces, and has rubber feet on the bottom. According to GoodAndEvo.net, there's a bit of wiggle room when the Evo is seated, though "the fit is very secure."
So what's the verdict -- a good deal at $40, or overpriced?
Young Brian Maupin of Kansas City made a hilarious video on YouTube that over a million people viewed (check out the vid here). The only problem is that Brian also works at Best Buy, and Best Buy has no sense of humor. The videos in question poke a little fun at Apple and the iPhone. Best Buy feels the video disparages a product that it sells, as well as the electronics retailer itself. Heaven forbid your employees have opinions about gadgets that they express in their spare time. Brian is now suspended indefinitely and is probably on the way to unemployment.
The most popular video has a customer at "Phone Mart" insisting that the only phone he (or she, the cartoon is indistinct) wants is the iPhone. Even after being told the Evo 4G could print money and grant wishes, the customer still wanted the iPhone because it has "the Wi-Fis". The weird thing here is that the videos say nothing about Best Buy, and Brian does not announce himself as a Best Buy employee. Indeed, the only connection Best Buy has to these videos is the one it has created for itself by perusing this. Maupin is taking the whole thing in stride saying, " I see it all as a blessing in disguise. I’ve wanted to start my career in graphic design/animation for so long, I see this as my kick in the pants to go get it."
Brian suspects Best Buy figured out who he was by digging through his other videos, which he removed at Best Buy's request. He refused to remove the Evo vs iPhone video as it had nothing to do with Best Buy. We wish him the best in his future video endeavors, and shake our collective fist at Best Buy.
Numbers are hard. Either that, or someone over at Sprint-Nextel wasn't paying very close attention when tallying up the number of HTC Evo 4G smartphones sold at launch. Maybe both.
"We originally reported that the total number of HTC Evo 4G devices sold on launch day was three times the number of Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre devices sold over their first three days on the market combined. We inadvertently erred in the comparison," Sprint said in a statement.
After carrying the 1 and correcting any other mathematical errors that were made, Sprint now says that the actual number of HTC Evo 4G devices sold on launch day was in line with the two other above-mentioned smartphones. Even still, that's not all bad if the real numbers from the first weekend come out to 150,000 as some analysts have estimated.
Just when you didn't think you could wait any longer, it's episode 144 of the No BS Podcast. The time, the gang talks about the Evo 4G, Intel's new chip, and whether or not Gordon could defeat an ostrich (mightiest of all birds), mano a mano.
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