MobileTechRoundup 147: Biggest. Dongle. Ever.


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MoTR 147 is 33:40 minutes long and is a 31 MB file in MP3 format.

INTRO: Based on “Time v2.1? by Meta Sektion, additional mixing by James Kendrick.
HOSTS: James Kendrick (Houston), Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia)

Stormy weather down in the Gulf Coast area. :(
Hello new Zune hardware and new software features too: WiFi purchases, new games and more.
iTunes 8: Genius or Musical Moron?
Sprint launches the HTC Touch Diamond and Touch Pro.
Matt bought the Samsung OMNIA last show and dumps it on this show!
Anyone interested in the anticipated HTC Touch HD with WVGA display?
Dell netbooks arrive. Lenovo netbooks? Not so much.
Nokia revs up Ovi for synching as well as Exchange support for most of their phones.
It’s official: we all have two-year commitments on phones; Matt has two month commitments. ;)

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Kevin, “”How would you suggest we manage the vast number of devices we use or review?””….
I guess I am reacting to the really fast purchasing then selling routine that’s been apparent (most often) in Matt’s habits. Very often a device, most often a phone, is bought or received for review. I listen to the podcast regularly (love it btw), and frequently hear pretty positive explanations of the feature-set, all the software on it, how great the optics are and how huge a megapixel image it creates etc. Then, a week or so later that same device gets returned to the store, and it becomes obvious that the “review” given wasn’t based on much that’s solid.
Briefly stated, I would suggest a statement that would be pretty easy to work into the “review”, which states whether the device is a likely keeper, or, in the event that it’s a device you’ve recieved for a short review period, whether it’s nevertheless a device you’d like to buy anyway.

Kevin C. Tofel

Stephen (and everyone else who comments about the Meta Sektion link): I’m actually at a loss for what do on the broken link. The link is there because we need to attribute proper credit. Unfortunately for us, the site that was hosting said link is gone. I could pull the link I suppose, but I don’t want issues later on down the line for not attributing properly. Sort of catch-22. Just wanted to explain.

Neill, we work in an industry that’s in constant flux as you noted. Additionally, every time a device comes out we generally get e-mails asking “Are you going to get / review this device?” It’s pretty much what we do. ;) I can’t speak for anyone else, but I can tell you that while I get loaner items for review, I “vote” with my dollar. Meaning: if I switch devices, it’s because I found one that met my needs and I bought it. Not sure if that helps explain the approach or not. How would you suggest we manage the vast number of devices we use or review?


Seems like you guys change equipment with great regularity. Even devices you say you like and review well.
Kinda hard then to take reviews and recommendations seriously when the favored device gets dumped soon afterwards.
Just a thought.
I am very aware that you are reviewing items in a fast moving industry…..but still.

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