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Engadget Podcast 170 – 11.08.2009

by Jonathan Downin in TechNovember 8th, 2009 @ 9:25 pm

Engadget PodcastAccording to the Engadget guys, the DROID is one of the first phones since the iPhone to gain some awareness among the general public. Josh offers an anecdote about the make-up people at Jimmy Fallon asking about the device. Maybe that iDon’t campaign isn’t so bad after all. Nilay also takes some time to lay down the law about the unequivocal absence of multitouch in the DROID. The DROID Eris is a decent phone, but is still just a Hero.

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 is not coming off too well. Despite its Snapdragon 1Ghz processor, it is sluggish and doesn’t cater to media well. Joshua has had some time with the HTC HD2 as well, and although its Windows Mobile 6.5 core comes through at points, the overall impressions are good.

The new Dell Adamo XPS is very thin and has an interesting design, but the conversation boils down to concerns over the performance of the notebook. Nvidia and Intel are still feuding, and Spring Design is suing Barnes & Nobel of the design of their Nook e-book reader. There may be some weight to their claims, and Nilay goes into the details here.

A bit of a wild podcast this week, as we recorded live on DROID launch day — and not just Motorola’s handset, but also the HTC DROID Eris. That’s not all that went down, though — the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 also launched this week, the Dell Adamo XPS got official, and everyone else sued each other. Yep, it’s action packed — get downloading!

00:00:35 – DROID mania sweeps the nation, so to speak
00:07:35 – Some more perspective on the DROID and multitouch
00:09:00 – iPhone vs DROID multitouch keyboard showdown (video)
00:15:05 – DROID ERIS hands-on and unboxing!
00:19:45 – Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 announced, we go hands-on
00:23:43 – HTC’s HD2 has landed at Engadget (hands-on)
00:29:45 – Josh reveals TwitterPeek on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Qlorigan** (video)
00:32:48 – Dell Adamo XPS coming ‘in time for the holidays’ for $1799 (unboxing and hands-on video!)
00:36:32 – Unused Adamo XPS prototypes reveal touchscreen trackpads, key-less keyboard
00:41:04 – NVIDIA takes its feud with Intel to cartoonish new levels
00:50:19 – AT&T sues Verizon over ‘there’s a map for that’ ads
01:01:24 – Spring Design sues Barnes & Noble over the Nook
01:02:50 – Spring Design vs. Barnes & Noble: all the nooks and crannies

Runtime – 1:13:07

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