Fly Or Die: The Nexus S, Barbie Video Girl, And AR.Drone (TCTV)

It’s video time, folks. Here is the latest episode of one of our newest TCTV shows, Fly or Die. (For those of you paying attention, before it was called Death/Star for the pilot, but we changed it to make the name clearer). Fly or Die is a review show where Crunchgear editor John Biggs and I take on three new products and argue which ones will become huge hits or mark them for death. The twist is that an executive from one of the companies is watching the show and appears as a surprise guest. John and I don’t know who the guest will be until the end.

In this week’s episode, we talk about the prospects for the Samsung’s Nexus S Android phone, the Barbie Video Girl, and the AR.Drone remote controlled flying toy. The Nexus S is the latest Android phone (read our full review). I’ve been playing with a loaner for a few days, and it is definitely the best Android phone out there today. As you’d expect, the Google apps look great on the phone, especially the new Google Maps for Android with the 3D buildings. In general, it seems faster than an iPhone just in terms of the responsiveness of the apps and browser load times, and the apps are getting better. But the iPhone still beats Android hands down in the overall quality of its apps. Still, I would seriously consider getting a Nexus S. Biggs feels differently.

Since Christmas is almost here, we decided to review two toys. The Barbie Video Girl we’ve also covered before, but it is the tenth best-selling toy on Amazon right now despite an FBI warning that it could be misused by pedophiles. It just creeps me out. However, Biggs likes it.

The AR.Drone is decidedly cooler. It is a flying drone that you control over WiFi with your iPhone (check out the full review). It also has a camera so you can get a drone’s eye view of the world. Biggs tried to fly it in the studio and nearly took out a light.

The full 12-minute episode is above, or you can watch each segment by clicking on the links below:

Nexus S

Barbie Video Girl

Parrot AR.Drone