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Visit the Jawbone Website
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Zdecent said:

"It's what they keep telling me..." lol, i think it looks a bit gay too but the sensor is an excellent idea, but 129! jesus... is it really worth it?

The speakers are brilliant, very well priced, and good quality... not to keen on the the no remote touchy thing...

Stacy A. said:

Another great show! But I think Tiffany should have a neo-fight with Ben over down-pointing the Jawbone because it's too gay, ... and later, and more pointedly, because it was too "effeminate."

There is a bias in our society against femininity. To those harboring this bias, "Masculine" is strong, confident, dominant, in-charge; "Feminine" is weak, scattered, emotional, crying. What is missed in such misogyny is that "feminine" is actually graceful, nurturing, understanding, caring, supportive, and that "masculine" can also be pegged as brutal, violent, unfeeling, uncaring, rapacious.

So when Ben says the Jawbone is too effeminate (implying a negative as applied to men, read "gay" here; and implying negatives as applied to women, but more as a background concept, since effeminate as used is pointing almost exclusively at men who aren't macho enough), he's applying a negative take on "feminine" to slam a product that is actually graceful, well-designed and a work of art (Ben *did* like the leather cover on the ear loop, though). In reality, Ben should give the Jawbone a 4/5 (Ben did subtract a real point over the button-press hang-up that happens when adjusting the ear loop), because calling it "effeminate" is his subjective impression (and not a negative one to a large part of your potential audience, since "feminine' is considered by most of us who are so, to be a positive thing).

A subjective impression shouldn't be used to down-point a product, especially since the Jawbone may be intentionally feminine to cater to a female market that is potentially larger than a male market (women *are* 52% of the population), and when technically the Jawbone seems to score high on all real and actually-meaningful criteria.

However, I fully understand where Ben is coming from, and your show's commitment to be open and honest about the confusion and labeling going on in Ben's head.

Your show is so interesting because of Ben's faux pas, and the need to filter out the noise in Ben's head to find the real substance of what he truly thinks of a product, by subtracting out his charmingly-juvenile social commentary.

I've learned that Ben means well, doesn't actually have a biased bone in his body, but just hasn't sorted out all the floating debris in his head to arrive at a single coherent adult social worldview! Thus, Neo-fight is a treat to watch on so many levels.

Meanwhile, keep up the great work, love the ratings, love the zylight commercial (especially the overheated-talent visual of Tiffany), usually don't have 30 seconds to look at Andy's mascara, and don't mind that Ben finds the geekiest shirts he can from the 80% off distressed-on-sale racks at Ross (someone's got to be the super-geek part of "not-so-geeky," otherwise it would have to be "used-to-be-not-so-geeky-but-suddenly-took-advice-of-viewers-and-decided-to-look-really-cool," which is too large a by-line).

Regards, S.

Kenton said:

Ha ha!! Stacy, that is the most hilarious (yet surprisingly fitting...) analysis of Ben I've ever heard.

Another entertaining show Ben and Tiffany.

Kenton

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Episode 218 - Apple iPhone 3G, Sprint Samsung Instinct

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Apple iPhone 3G Website
Sprint Samsung Instinct Cell Phone - Black


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alex wileden said:

I like what you guys had to say but there was a few things u forgot to mention like the new iphone 3g cost more with the new plan you have to get with it. And you also failed to say the new software update also works wit6 the ipod touch. when apple announced the iphone 3g they said the number one complaint was the price no the number one complaint is it is only an at&t phone I would of played the high price for it if I could have got it on Verizon’s network. My other complaint about the iphone is how large the hard rive is. The day that app store launched I bout a lot off new apps for my ipod touch and they take up a lot of space. I also can’t put all the movies, podcasts and music on it not even with the 32 GB model. I have so many movies on my iTunes that I can’t fit it all on my other 80 GB ipod classic. Maybe in a new episode u could talk about the ipod touch again and its new futchers.

Ludo said:

I have noticed too, yes, being an Apple freak ;), that the iPhone 3G has some glitches... But I don't think they really weigh up to the positive points on the iPhone. Seems that the Samsung/Sprint phone really misses some important features- mail attatchments are quite important- why else would someone send something to you? All in all, I do like the iPhone a lot- especially with AppStore, but Apple wouldn't be Apple without leaving everyone something to wish for...

Steve C said:

I've been looking at the specs for all these phones and so far they are all woefully inadequate as far as I can tell.
The iPhone doesn't seem too bad except for the 2 year commitment to AT&T and lack of a replaceable battery and antenna jack.
Something that isn't mentioned too often with any of these phones is the 2 year contract that obligates you to approximately a $2500 commitment. The monthly charge is way too high at $99 or more a month. If you consider that Cricket has unlimited calling for $39 then what is the other $60 for, data and the internet? The Sprint Instinct has a terrible web browser according to all the reviews so that wouldn't be a very good deal if you couldn't use it and AT&T makes everyone sign up for 3G service even if it's not available in their area.

Also, the Sprint Instinct and the similar LG Dare from Verizon are not smart phones like the iPhone but are called Feature phones. They are just regular phones with added features like a better camera, GPS and a touch screen display. They don't run Linux, OS-X or Windows mobile but are locked into a proprietary operating system that no 3rd party apps can be installed and run on. Also, the feature phones don't have wi-fi which is a deal breaker for me.
Something else the reviewers never mention is the poor reception with built-in antennas and lack of an antenna jack to use for better reception. I borrowed a Blackberry Pearl one day and it wouldn't even work inside the house, no bars!

Best Buy has a booklet that is supposed to list all the features to allow comparison of the phones side by side but the idiots who wrote it didn't include most of the features.
The only feature that is prominently mentioned for each phone is Blue Tooth. It doesn't say if they have wi-fi, GPS or a web browser or if 3rd party apps can be installed on them!

Steve C said:

Do you plan to review the new Blackberry Bold? The Pearl that I had was pretty worthless, I don't know why they call it a smart phone since it would only do voice calls and text but the Bold looks promising as long as it has an antenna jack.
I've often heard that Blackberries are supposed to be good for email but I couldn't find any mention of email capabilities on the Pearl and it didn't seem to have wi-fi or GPS either. It did have a camera that took very bad pictures, really small, dark and out of focus. I couldn't find a web browser either so I found a text message with a URL and tried to open it but all I got was a message that said T-Mobile didn't have data service in my area, hence the need for wi-fi!

Makoto said:

Hi Ben..

My opinion, iPhone is just a cute toy needing upgrades but this is good for company challenges. We love that!

What about the HTC Diamond? that is really an all-in-one thing ;)

Best.

Steve C said:

The HTC Touch Diamond looks great at first glance, it seems to have everything, a good camera and even an FM tuner but it's got some serious problems besides the $700 price, it's only a 3 band GSM device and doesn't have an antenna or antenna jack. This review on phonearena.com said the reception was poor. You'd think they would have realized a wireless phone should have a good antenna! Don't the people who design these things ever try to use them? Well, maybe the next version will be better and hopefully several hundred dollars cheaper.
http://www.phonearena.com/htmls/HTC-Touch-Diamond-Review-review-r_1956.html

What kind of reCaptcha word is "3S1/2-inch"? This is just
getting silly now.

Stacy A. said:

Great show!
Yaay! Ratings are back, and love your lead-rater format. Having one of you unfamiliar with the product mimics real-world conversation, when a new owner of something describes it to a friend who hasn't seen it. And that still retains sense with the rating system: a *reaction* rating has validity by giving the product maker a sense of how effective word-of-mouth would be. Like on the Samsung phone, if the controls aren't obvious for a tech-savvy user like Tiffany, then even if the manual explains the way to do something, that phone deserves a negative hit for poor feature design.
So bravo!! Great episode... Having the 8gB iPhone 1G, I don't mind the 8gB limitation -- having *all* your movies on your iPhone is not what any phone should be doing -- alex in the first comment should be storing his movie collection on a server/home storage device, not trying to use his iPhone to host a film festival. Puh-leese!
And sly work-around on the non-p.c. statements, Ben, using conditional language, ... like "if viewers didn't get me for saying I was a blank-phobe, I'd say the phone was gay/indian/etc."
Someday you'll need a benefactor from one of those target communities, and you'll thank those like myself who take notice of those kinds of statements.
And on the iPhone 3G, my biggest reason for not getting it, besides not needing the 3G speed in a wifi-rich urban area, is the lack of color in the case choices. What is wrong with Apple on this, are their designers thinking in b&w or grey-tones only? Where is the pink iPhone 3G?? Having a pink iPhone 3G would have tipped my thinking toward a 3G purchase. If they had a selection of fashion colors, I could even see having multiple iPhone 3G's for different palettes of clothing I'm wearing -- better yet would be interchangeable snap-on back-plates in different fashion colors -- i'd buy a whole collection of those to make a great fashion statement ... I'd even buy an iPhone fashion backplate at $19.99 each, if I could match a backplate to each shade of lipstick I use, and for each major palette of fashion color in my outfits.
And if Apple allowed fashion designers to submit textures to Apple (or even how about letting consumers send a texture via email to Apple, and ordering a custom backplate? -- I'd get plaid, polka-dotted, striped ones, even at a $19.99 price point!!) ...
This fashion-blindness of Apple is really amazing, ... there's a female marketing concept that Apple is totally neglecting here (and a male one too: how about logo backplates like "Bud" or "Nascar" or other macho "statement" backplates for the generally neglected straight male market?) Apple is failing to leverage its position in fashion design to multiply its iPhone sales. Imagine a runway show, with each model holding an outfit-matching iPhone, .... Apple would have the whole of Paris and New York behind a fashion-supporting capability.
Well, to summarize, great show!!! Great concept of having lead-reviewer, reaction-reviewer ratings ... And I'm thinking of buying a zylight set-up ... love the commercial!
btw, I always skip the ending's Andy Walker advert. Seen it a million times! ... Andy is over-smooth, like a Vegas lounge-singer. Ben's (an of course, Tiffany's) matter-of-fact delivery would have made for a better ad for Andy. And ever notice Andy's eyes!!! Eye-liner!!! wow! Is that GAY or what?? (as a viewer, I can be blunt, since no-one is thinking of buying ad-space in this comment -- business is business, and comments are not! Rule #1 should be "Never say anything extraneous that could unnecessarily lower sales/income")
Your fan, Stacy
(and yes, Tiff, you've been wonderful from day one, that's why *I've* been focusing so closely on Ben's on-screen persona and off-message meanderings -- which Ben is so successfully managing now) (Men can be so difficult sometimes)

Eric C. said:

Hi, I just wanted to comment on the Instinct. In my opinion, I believe that the Instinct will give you the most bang for your buck: it's a cheaper phone, and the simply everything offered by Sprint is a much better option than the unlimited plan offered by AT&T (which charges you extra for unlimited texting!). The GPS and e-mail are among my favorite features. Unlike Tiffany I don't really need to open up documents from my e-mails, so that wasn't an issue for me. Also, one of the coolest features are the camera/video recorder and the bluetooth technology. I love being able to shoot videos of where I am; it's an average quality for a video recorder, I think, and the sound is also pretty good. And the bluetooth is really useful for transferring files: my friend can send my documents, music, pictures from her computer, and then I have them on my phone (but I can't open the documents until I connect the phone back into my computer). Those last two features are probably why I keep the Instinct.
However, with that said, the Instinct kind of disappointed me within the first week of me having it. I was under the impression that I would be able to watch movies on my phone, but that is not the case. I also was not able to upload any music videos onto my phone. And Sprint always boasts about how the Instinct can play live TV or whatever, but it's terrible quality; and the same can be said of any streaming video: youtube is bad quality, any of the full episodes offered by NBC or another news network is terrible quality, and I can't even access HULU or any other site that offers streaming video of television shows. It'll load up for about ten seconds, and then take me back to my home screen.
The music interface is not really impressive: I can sideload songs already on my computer (but not bought from itunes, zune store, or a subscription service), but, while the playback itself is good, going from song to song is not smooth. If I'm playing one song and want to skip ahead to the next song, the Instinct takes about a second to move forward and then starts a second into the next song. It's a little sloppy.
The internet features are alright. I can get to all the sites I need to, but some of the time the site screen won't fit on the phone screen, so I have to do a little hunting just to find a search box or something. The news websites don't really do that (CNN, NY Times) and neither does youtube, facebook, or google, but wikipedia.org is too big for my phone screen, as is any other site that consists of a lot of images (apple, borders, target).
The iPhone seems like a well-rounded machine, and, if you have the money, is probably the best phone out there short of an actual smartphone or PDA. But for people on a budget who just want a cool touch screen phone, the Instinct is probably the way to go because of its base price and the more inclusive contract plan.

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Blue Microphones Snowflake USB Microphone
Genius 31100006100 M609 G Pen Tablet


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Al Pavangkanan said:

I loved the mid show ad this week.

jeff said:

Will you guys be doing a review of the iphone 3G

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Plustek OpticBook 4600
Apple MacBook Air / 13" Cooler Zefyr from Moshi - Silver
Moshi Celesta English Slim Silver Key Board w/ Dust Cover


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Steve C said:

I can only get the flash to play for a couple of minutes then it stops. Must be dots stuck on the video!

Roy H said:

What happened to your rating out of 5??

David G said:

I just bought the Zefyr and as far as I can tell it doesn't do what its supposed to. It really doesn't lower temperature of my macbook at peak CPU usage like its supposed to.

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