Always On: Best of Season 3

With Season 4 in the works, we picked our favorite segments of Season 3 to keep you company this week.

Well, folks, it's about that time again. That time when we head out into the world to get our hands on today's hottest gadgets and to explore the promising technologies of the future. And, of course, we'll keep an eye out for some clever ways to destroy those hottest gadgets, too. But, in the meantime, we've mustered up our favorite segments of Season 3 to make the wait for Season 4 less grueling.

First up, we head back to Mount Shasta Ski Park to watch Molly rev a snowmobile over the poor Kindle Fire, Nokia Lumia 920, and a protected iPhone 5. She finished that fateful day with beer, hot chocolate, and a couple of iPods to dunk in her tasty beverages. While the Kindle Fire didn't stand a chance under the glass-crushing ski blade, the iPods had something to prove, and prove it they did.

We suppose now's a good time to announce the second Always On tortured-gadgets giveaway in one week! Yep, these iPods are still kicking out the jams perfectly despite drinking a good amount of post-ski-slope liquids. So, once again, stay tuned to the blog in the coming days for the official specs.

Apparently, when tasked with finding an unusual food, Jeff Cannata's go-to is a churro covered in honey.

Let's get back to the best of. Next, we're in Barcelona, Spain, once again to relive the BlackBerry Z10 road test. Although the streets of Barcelona were a treat to get lost in, the fact that our wandering was at the hands of the new BlackBerry OS was a bit unsettling. After spending a week with the phone, it was quite therapeutic to huck it off a balcony. Plus, this time we included the deleted scene with Jeff and Molly eating their "unusual foods."

With the recent news of Google Fiber expanding to Austin, Texas , we felt it necessary to rerun Jeff's segment in Kansas City, Mo. They were a tad (very) camera shy in revealing when the masses will be able to access crazy-fast Internet speed, but including one more city is a step in the right direction. We can only hope San Francisco will be its next stop, but for now it looks like Google's sticking to the middle states.

Staying in line with the Google theme, we take a second look at the Chromebook Pixel. Molly loved this machine, and given that it's a strong candidate to be road-tested in Season 4, we figured it deserved a slot in the "best of" episode. With its cloud computing, touch-screen capability, and bizarre 3:2 aspect ratio, the Pixel unboxing stood out to us.

That's all for this week! We have a blooper reel in the mix for next Tuesday, so get ready. As always, thanks for watching!

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BlackBerry Z10

The Bottom Line: Though it's not quite enough to draw committed iPhone or Android owners, the BlackBerry Z10's modern design and features give BlackBerry fans what they've hungered for. / Read full review

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Google Chromebook Pixel

The Bottom Line: Despite impressive hardware specs and solid industrial design, the Chromebook Pixel’s high price and cloud OS limitations make it impossible to recommend for the vast majority of users. / Read full review

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Apple iPhone 5

The Bottom Line: The iPhone 5 completely rebuilds the iPhone on a framework of new features and design, addressing its major previous shortcomings. It's absolutely the best iPhone to date, and it easily secures its place in the top tier of the smartphone universe. / Read full review

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD

The Bottom Line: With a beautiful screen, refined interface, and huge coffer of media consumption options, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD is the Kindle Fire as it should have been. / Read full review

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Nokia Lumia 920

The Bottom Line: Nokia's Lumia 920 is heavy and thick, but if you want the most powerful, feature-rich Windows phone available, this is it. / Read full review



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