Episode 22: Kids vs. the iPod Touch

This week on Always On, I unbox a slew of Apple products (plus the Slingbox 500), and I sic four toddlers on a pair of unsuspecting iPod Touches. Chaos ensues.

You asked, we answered. It turns out that the iPod Touch is the product a surprising number of you wanted to see unboxed and tortured on our show -- so here you go! In addition to the regular gauntlet of tests, it seemed pretty obvious that the Wild Card for the iPod Touch pretty much had to involve children. So we rounded up four kids, ages 2 to 5, and gave them pizza, chips, candy, fruit, and juice, and let them go crazy with the iPods. Let me be honest: I could watch this video all day long, and not just because my kid is one of the test subjects.

Four kids, two pizzas, some fruit, some juice, and two iPod Touches. Think "Raising Arizona."
Four kids, two pizzas, some fruit, some juice, and two iPod Touches. Think "Raising Arizona." CNET

In our holiday-season unboxing extravaganza this week, it's an Apple kind of episode. I opened up the MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina Display, which, spoiler alert, I think is shamefully overpriced compared with a standard MacBook Pro. And there's also the oft-overlooked Mac Mini, which is a powerful little package that's great for anyone looking for a home theater machine, a compact Mac that still includes actual ports (FireWire 800 FTW!), and comes with the option to include Apple's new Fusion hybrid hard drive system.

And in non-Apple products, I opened up the Slingbox 500 , the handy little TV sharing box that now finally gets 1080p streaming, plus built-in WiFi and HDMI. Too bad you can't ever stack anything on top of it. Cue rant in 3...2...1...

Now, I know we've been heavy on unboxing segments in these recent episodes, but it's in deference to the holiday shopping season, and I hope it's been helpful. If not, please let me know, and we'll air out your complaints in the Mailbag. Next week, Future Tech returns and I get the workout of my life at Stanford, but we'll also check out the Wii U , the LG Optimus G , and the new 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD, among others. See you then!

 

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