Tekzilla #55: Hands On with the First Google Phone and New MacBooks. SDHC Memory.

Posted in Companies, Mobile, Operating Systems, Podcasts on December 05, 2008

Tons of products this week: we get hands on with Tmobile G1, the new Macbook and Macbook Pro, Dell's Studio Hybrid. Plus bombproof Mp3 players for work, and SDHC memory!

Veronica's back from the Tokyo Game Show!

What's up with Apple hating on Blu-ray? "A bag of hurt?" that's harsh, Steve

T-Mobile's G1? AKA the first phone with Google's Android? We've got a hands on review, thanks to Ryan Block... keep an eye out for the launch of his new site, GDGT.com

New MacBook and MacBook Pro? We've got them in studio, too, thanks to Engadget's fearless leader, Joshua Topolsky!

TV Calibration from BestBuy. We got a lot of letters from Geek Squad employees: the "Elite Service Specialists" do nothing but calibrate TVs, and they're all ISF certified... that's a good combo!

This week's Freebie download pick is for the OS X crowd: Carbon Copy Cloner. This simple OS X app clones, synchronizes or backups your hard drive, and can create a complete bootable backup of your existing hard disk onto another drive be it internal, external or even on a network!

Is the

Dell Studio HybridApple's Mac mini? Good question, Andrew! We show off the Studio Hybrid and go point to point between the two.

Would the Asus Eee Box make a good HTPC? Sure, Sam, if you don't want Blu-ray, or the simplicity of an Apple TV or Windows Media Center Extender.

Jason in Phoenix wants to know if those virtual surround sound bars that sit under your TV are any good... for under $300. Veronica's got the scoop, and a recco: Sony's HT-CT100 got great reviews from Cnet, and can be had for under $300. (You can also check out the Sony Bravia DAV-HDX500 Panasonic SC-PT660

Got a question? You can send it as a video. Just record yourself in front a video camera asking a question no longer than 15 seconds. Upload it to YouTube, then email us the link with "Video Question" in the subject line. No attachments, please!

DeletionPedia.com is this week's "Website We Just Can't Get Enough Of!" It's your one stop shop for all the material that gets taken down for not meeting Wikipedia's standards.

"Nobody seems to have done a recent real-world speed comparison between the different brands SDHC brands..." Nope, Allister, roundups of Secure Digital High Capacity cards are pretty rare, but performance definately varies... sometimes a cheap 'no brand' vendor has cards that run faster than the name brands!

Know where there's a good performance roundup of SDHC cards? Please email the link to tekzilla@revision.com!

Alex want to know of the new iPod nano will hold up in his work environment... we think so! There are some solid non-Apple options, too.

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