PC World Podcast 51: Motorola Droid, Sneaky Fees, and Google's GPS App

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Happy Halloween, everybody! This week on the PC World Podcast, editors Tim Moynihan, Ginny Mies, and Mark Sullivan talk about a big week for Google's Android mobile platform.

Download the podcast here. Here's what's happening on this week's show.

* Ginny has been putting Motorola's Droid phone through its paces, and she's ready to tell you whether the new Verizon smartphone lives up to its anti-iPhone smack talk. Is this the best Android phone yet? And how does it compare to the iPhone? Find out now.

* Tom Spring's red-hot story about sneaky fees is lighting up our traffic reports, and with good reason. It seems everyone's a victim to mystery charges on their wireless service, cable, and online banking bills. Is there a method to the madness? Mark Sullivan talks about some of these dubious charges and what you can do to fight them.

* If you've noticed your GPS device shaking in fear, that's probably because Google just announced a free GPS service of its own. Right now, Google Maps Navigation only runs on the new Motorola Droid phone, but it looks promising enough to infiltrate other platforms. Find out why this free GPS application has a lot of people talking.

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At a Glance
  • The first Android 2.0 phone impresses with a strong suite of Web features and a stunning 3.7-inch display, but some users might have trouble with the shallow keyboard.


    • Gorgeous 3.7-inch display
    • Snappy Web browsing


    • Some camera images come out grainy
    • Flat keyboard is difficult to type on
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