Episode 3: Where Google has more money than sense

In this episode of "Always On," Molly Wood visits Google I/O and loves the candy and the Nexus 7, but not so much the Nexus Q. What IS that thing?

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The debate about "unboxing" rages on, so in this week's Always On episode, I actually get down to using a pocket knife to open up the new Google Nexus 7 and Nexus Q . And I try to bring back some of that old Molly snark so many of you have been asking for. Sometimes it's hard to put together a whole show and then remember to write in the personality! I'm working on it, though.

I had a pretty great time running around Google I/O, mainly because of the food, and of course, the general over-the-top nature of the whole thing (20-foot-tall Nexus Q? Two days of skydiving? Boxing robots?), and I think it shows -- again, mainly because of the food. And the Nexus 7 really is a winner of a product, as evidenced by our CNET Editors' Choice award (the less said about the Nexus Q, the better).

The jury is still way out on the Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 and the whole idea of the cloud-based Chrome OS. So, to see how "normal people" would respond to the Chromebook and Chrome OS, we used our super cool in-house user testing room to hold a focus group. Full disclosure: we also asked some of them to watch the latest episode and offer their feedback, because why waste a good user testing opportunity, right?

The result is, I think, a super interesting segment: we found out that people naturally compared the Chromebook to a tablet, which I wouldn't have expected, and that their pricing expectations followed suit with that comparison. I also found out that paintball is huge on YouTube. Who knew?

Enjoy the episode, especially the fun-with-flying-autonomous-helicopters, and please send your thoughts on the Great Unboxing Debate of 2012 (or anything else that's on your mind) to always on at cnet dot com. And thanks for watching!

About the author

Molly Wood was an executive editor at CNET, author of the Molly Rants blog, and host of the tech show, Always On. When she's not enraging fanboys of all stripes, she can be found offering tech opinions on CBS and elsewhere, and offering opinions on everything else to anyone who will listen.

 

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