PC World Podcast 46: Windows 7 Parties, Microsoft Courier, HTC Hero
This week on the PC World Podcast, editors Tim Moynihan, Robert Strohmeyer, Ginny Mies, and Nick Mediati are ready to party! Sort of. Listen in to hear them discuss Microsoft's mind-boggling Windows 7 launch party videos, the HTC Hero Android phone for Sprint, and the mysterious Microsoft Courier tablet PC.
Could Microsoft beat Apple to the "cool tablet" punch? This week a demo video surfaced featuring a secretive dual-screen device code-named Courier, which may or may not be in a late prototype phase. The gang talks about whether this could be the tablet PC to boost tablet sales--that is, if it truly exists.
Hey, what are you planning for your Windows 7 launch party? You are going to have a Windows 7 launch party, right? That's what Microsoft is suggesting you do, and those folks have even provided some how-to party videos, party notes (complete with bonus activities!), and print-out signs that you can hang up in your home. Listen in to hear whether the podcast team thinks this is some sort of ingenious social commentary on the absurdity of product launches, or just another oddball marketing stunt.
Last but not least, a brand-new Android phone is coming to stores, and Ginny Mies thinks it's the best one yet. It's also the first Android phone offered by a carrier other than T-Mobile--the HTC Hero will be available from Sprint. Learn what makes the Hero different, what makes it less than perfect, and what makes it an extremely compelling smartphone.
The HTC Hero marks a giant step in innovation of the Android platform, but it isn't without flaws. Read the full review
MSRP: $100 w/2yr Sprint contract
- Ergonomic design with solid construction
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