BlackBerry Pearl Flip Dominates Scooter Smiff Video

By Kevin Michaluk on 3 Dec 2008 04:03 am
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With all of the BlackBerry Storm and AT&T Bold hype of the past month, RIM's first flip phone has taken a bit of a back seat on the blogs... but it's definitely holding its own in music videos!

The BlackBerry Pearl Flip gets some serious screen time in the video above for Head of My Class, by Scooter Smiff (featuring Chris Brown). The 8220 sure is videogenic! And according to this video is a definite must-have for every kid in junor high. Big Thanks to David for sending this in.

Now to all the Pearl Flip owners out there.... I want to know, how are you liking your devices??

Kevin Michaluk Kevin Michaluk "Founder, Editor in Chief " 3922 (articles) 3285 (forum posts)
38 comments

insanely

what is this world coming to!?!?! i highly doubt the "head of the class" acted like that when you were in highschool right? bet they didn't even have a cool blackberry like that either! lol

BhoneyFly

I purchased the Blackberry Flip on Monday and returned it on Tuesday. The phone is made of very cheap plastic and looks and feels as if it would fall apart if you dropped it. I like a phone with a little weight one that I know could take a minor hit and still keep on working. The back covering is extremely flimsy and so thin you can bend it.

I also hated that I could not personalize my home page to my liking- or at least I never quite figured out how to do it. The browser was also lousy- very lousy, which is mainly why I returned it. I couldn't reach my sites via the device and kept getting 503 errors.

Sadly, this was my first Blackberry experience and not a very good one.

Berry Pickin

As the husband of a school teacher, I now COMPLETELY understand what my wife is always complaining about. You have GOT to be kidding me. Cell phones are banned in all schools, and with the kids watching this kind of junk, I see why it is a fight between the teachers and the students over having phones in school. And just what the h*ell is a Smiff?? I have heard of a Smurf.....sad.

Anonymous 3

Actually a lot of states have old laws that ban students from using cell phones in schools. When cell phones first came out (even in the analog days) only the wealthy students and, most commonly, drug dealers used them. While the average high school does not have a huge problem of students selling drugs, in urban areas (particularly during the crack epidemic) were out of control. For many, being a corner boy was the best employment for minors depending on the area. State legislators saw this as a problem and thought banning the cell phone (often used be the adolescent middle management dealers) would be an effective way of keeping drugs out of the school. I guess it made sense during those days, but I have my doubts on how effective it is.

Obviously phones can be a distraction, but they have such wide spread use that it's almost silly to enforce it. Times have changed. Students send texts to each other as a way to pass notes. That's a century old practice teachers can't enforce. Even adults do it in large meetings. Also, times have changed. Students use their phones for very logical reasons. When I was in high school a few years back, I got my phone taking away a few times when I'd pull it out at lunch to check my calender, check the time, or check a call log to see if or when someone called me. Teenagers don't use their phones just to text each other to socialize. If there is an intense lecture going on, students will put away their phones. If students aren't interested, they'll find something better to do no matter what you take away from them.

Anonymous 3

Actually a lot of states have old laws that ban students from using cell phones in schools. When cell phones first came out (even in the analog days) only the wealthy students and, most commonly, drug dealers used them. While the average high school does not have a huge problem of students selling drugs, in urban areas (particularly during the crack epidemic) were out of control. For many, being a corner boy was the best employment for minors depending on the area. State legislators saw this as a problem and thought banning the cell phone (often used be the adolescent middle management dealers) would be an effective way of keeping drugs out of the school. I guess it made sense during those days, but I have my doubts on how effective it is.

Obviously phones can be a distraction, but they have such wide spread use that it's almost silly to enforce it. Times have changed. Students send texts to each other as a way to pass notes. That's a century old practice teachers can't enforce. Even adults do it in large meetings. Also, times have changed. Students use their phones for very logical reasons. When I was in high school a few years back, I got my phone taking away a few times when I'd pull it out at lunch to check my calender, check the time, or check a call log to see if or when someone called me. Teenagers don't use their phones just to text each other to socialize. If there is an intense lecture going on, students will put away their phones. If students aren't interested, they'll find something better to do no matter what you take away from them.

markcb

wow this video and song sucks... middle school kids shouldn't be allowed to rap.

nafiz011

is this pearl flip commercial?

aketch

well, the song and video pretty much suck. But, if they were just going for product placement throughout the whole video I guess they succeeded.

Anonymous

Holy crap.
Thank you for my morning laugh before I head out to work today. This has got to be a joke right? Since when did teenny-boppers start to rap? The funniest part is how is mommy drops him off in her "blingin" car.

zarzamora_hermosa

That... or the fact that he strolls around in a go-kart. Haha

oneaznriceboi

"Crusin the street in my go-cart...."
HAHAHAHA!
Oh and sweet dance moves

diesel349

Chris Brown is the only reason I watch the video in its entirety. Without him it might be the worst song/video ever made.

pdone#CB

Makes me long for the days of Kriss-Kross...

digitrip

How do I like my Flip? A LOT less now that I have seen this... :-)

inc188

let me tell you upfront, i listen to Rap and hip hop and i like it alot,

what kinda shit is this? this is a disgrace to Pearl first and then to hip hop or whatever junk he is singing,

bow bow wanna be,

Jeeverz

Hey Kevin, would you be kind/open enough do a review on those Dr. Dre 'beats' when you have some free time :P.

Also make sure you go with ~$350 for the purchase :)

Just a thought

noonan211

Forget the flip, check the SWEET Cookie Monster lid at 3:30!

BlackBerryBob

Imagine that, a fat middle-aged office rat and a young hip rapper can have something in common! lol

gfco321

daaaamn that kid is like 5 years old and acting all thug. that aint good ya`ll haa haa

myt_mouse

Found this article over at Gizmodo which relates to this video, found it funny:

http://tinyurl.com/6owgeb

editguy

what school was ignorant enough to allow this video to be filmed???

Lawcheehung

how old is this kiddie? 14? :P

conceptv

now everyone gonna think i got this phone before of this video and say why u wanna be like him! dammit dammit! haha

Anonymous

i am a first time blackberry user and coming from a qwerty keyboard its pretty good. except it has occasional lag thats about all. and i'm in junior high.

strhessed

Just put a C in front of RAP and that tells you exactly what it is. Garbage that requires absolutely NO talent whatsoever !! As long as you know how to boast, you can rap. It is INFECTING our children. That shit should be BANNED !!!

Anonymous000

I fully agree !! All that music does is teach children violence, drugs and prostitution. It makes them think that life is all about material possessions and being AS RUDE AS YOU CAN POSSIBLY BE !!!! It is absolute garbage.

BLAAKEE.

Don't be stupid; my twin listens to rap and he hasn't turned into a violent, drug-taking prostitute. If rap was enough to turn someone into that im willing to bet there'd be a load of underlying problems we should address first.

Besides parents should be instilling enough values into their kids early enough to be immune to this anyway; and yes i do think rap is crap - i just think you're having a little handbag-throw over nothing.

strhessed

I agree that it is a necessity to instill good morals and values into your child, but how can you do that and then let them listen to rap ? All of your hard work would be in vein. Rap music has a SERIOUSLY huge negative influence on kids !!

likeabite

Rap music is in the same lane as rock videos so if you ban that then you should ban rock as well. Instilling good moral values in kids has nothing to do with what you make them watch. Yea you can curtail what they watch or listen to but at the end of the day you are not always around to monitor it. Even when they go to school they have influences and things around them all the time that you may not like them being exposed to. Thus your job as a parent is to teach them what is good for them and what is not. Just because you watch rap videos or listen to the music does not mean you partake in violence or anything of that sort. Not all rap is violence to even begin with.

The same can be applied to tv and movies. Violent movies have been around since the beginning of time but I don't see anyone saying they should be banned because it is corrupting our children. The same goes for wrestling and even sports such as the NHL, where there is a full on fight at just about every game. I dont' see any of these being considered harmful on the same level as rap. Visuals are even more damaging that audio but yet this is ok? As long as your child can seperate reality from fiction I see no reason why any of it should be banned.

flirtaciousboi

The Blackberry Flip is also featured in the "Baby Doll" music video from Girlicious. These girls were put together by Robin Antin, the creator of the Pussycat Dolls. They were in a reality series here in the States, but they're not popular here. They're actually popular in Canada.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmVro75ID18

conceptv

i think what's worst is a respectable singer like chris brown being featured in this atrocity

Likeabite

He is Chris Brown's artist so why would he not be in the video? He discovered and signed him.

mike240se

I am a new BB user and after this i want to return it! To think i have the same phone as those hoodlum punks. This video was so bad. The music was so bad. The artist was a little bow bow rip off but WORSE.

amazinglygraceless

I couldn't get through 15 seconds of that train wreck. It amazes me what passes for music these days.

in shock

First let's talk about the content of the song it's something for urban kids that's not telliing them violence ,cursing,or about drugs and money.....If the jonas brothers can make millions saying i/m hot and yournot and you got me on my toes and Hannah Montanna can NOT!!!!!!! sing at all make millions by having an alter ego why can't a black kid be known for making positive music for kids.Your a bunch of old people probably caucasian and don't like any african american kids doing something positive i have worked with this kid and his tutor travels with him while he is visiting schools and boys and girls clubs inspiring young kids to stay in school and get an education.He works hard and he read some of your comments and was hurt by them.I think that if you are looking to bash someone don't do it to a kid and for the record when we went to school phones were banned now they are not do your homework before you bash a kid.As for the teacher's husband tell your wife he has a 4.o gpa and volunteers on weekends tutoring kids in algebra.......As for the rst of you he got his blackberry free how much did you pay for it....!!!!!!