I saw this commercial again just last night. I get that when the HTC Evo came out in June, Sprint wanted to really play up its “first” status among 4G cell phones, which was a great idea back when it was the only 4G phone. But all Sprint’s doing now is reminding people the Evo is the oldest 4G phone out there. Not sure that’s the message they want to be sending.
Side note: Does anyone even remember what the first 3G or 2G phones were? Nope. I don’t, and I actually pay attention to these things. The commercial pretends like being the first 4G phone is as iconic and groundbreaking as being the first rotary phone or the first rocket into space, but as far as I can tell, only three cell phones have officially reached icon status: the first iPhone, the Motorola Razr, and Zack Morris’s grey brick mobile phone. That’s it.
Though it helped make Zack popular at school, it also lead to his fatal brain tumor.
First up, I didn’t do it because of the iPhone 4. Doubt me if you will (and I know you will), but it’s true.
I also didn’t return it because of the screen. Sure it might not have the highest resolution available, but it’s still pretty darn impressive. In fact, the screen size was the one thing I might’ve kept the phone for, despite my other gripes.
I didn’t do it because of Android. Well, not explicitly because of Android. I don’t mind Android. I love the widgets, I love the way I could customize the home screen. I really liked many of things Andoid does that aren’t even options on the iPhone. I even liked HTC’s custom “Sense” interface.
I didn’t do it because of the battery. Sure, the battery life of the brand new Evo was only marginally better than my two year old iPhone 3G, but it was a lifespan I could deal with, and if it got worse, buying a new battery would be easy and painless.
And I didn’t do it because of the lack of 4G. Guess what? Despite the fact that Los Angeles isn’t yet an officially supported 4G city, I found plenty of places around town with 4G service, including my own neighborhood. That was actually one of the biggest, more pleasant surprises about the phone.
No, I did it because of one word: Podcasts.
Yes, you read that right. Podcasts.