SyrupCast Podcast Ep. 139: Speaking Frankly about the iPhone 8

Frank Phone


  • danakin

    Episode 139 brings us host Igor with Rose, Sameer, Patrick, and a fresh and very effective approach to how the topic segments are handled.

    Patrick kicked things off with a recap of the iPhone 8, Apple Watch Series 3 (LTE), and the 4K Apple TV. He was allowed to speak freely and give listeners an uninterrupted recap of each item. A pattern that became this episode’s playbook (no, not the ill-fated Blackberry tablet).

    Kudos to the powers-that-be at MobileSyrup who introduced the idea of letting Igor set the stage and then allowing the podcasters to provide listeners an unencumbered download of their impressions. This was such a wonderful and stark contrast to other podcasts (Vergecast) where everyone stakes their aural territorial claim by talking over each other into a messy unintelligible cacophony.

    Rose next took the stage to update listeners on the current mess with the Frank phone. Her recap painted a comprehensive picture of what a s**t-show (in keeping with Frank phone’s marketing tone) this entire endeavour ended up being. It was refreshing to listen to a measured, intelligent discussion of how this initiative was both mismanaged (by the Frank team) and misrepresented (several tech-media outlets). Sameer hit the nail on the head when he commented that if you’re going to crowd-fun, you need to be fully transparent and not require investors source key details from third parties.

    The show’s topics wrapped up with a Pixel 2 bonanza. This segment contained the following gem when the subject of the panda Pixel came up: “an old man hoisting his pants up”. Not sure what to make of this as I’m concerned with diving too deeply into the psychology of Rose.

    Everyone involved with ep. 139 had a strong showing and this was quite possibly the best non-guest SyrupCast ever. Well done to let the person(s) at MobileSyrup who decided on this approach.

    This week’s show gets a 8.9 SMSPR (Subjective MobileSyrup Podcast Review) score. This week’s DCS (Dopey Comment Score) is 0 – a clean sheet. Overall an exceptionally well executed podcast. Make you wonder how the previous week’s episode could have gone so bad.