A whole channel full of videos on "the mobile lifestyle". Really? I had never visited the butterscotch.com website, and when this channel was released I had no idea what kind of videos could be offered for those with a "mobile lifestyle". Wondering the same thing? Here's your answer - following is a rundown of the videos series on the butterscotch channel. First, the ones that I had time to review for this article:
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- Labrats. Tech made simple, and slightly funny. Two hosts talking explaining various tech topics. Typical video titles, which run about 20-30 minutes in length include Top 5 Apps for Tweens, E-Readers head-to-head, Five Reasons to Switch to an Android Phone, and Geotagging demystified. Decent information, but the episodes I sampled were a bit too slow-paced for me, with too much needless banter between the hosts.
- 60-Second App - Apple and 60-Second App - Android. 60 Second app reviews. Quick reviews of smartphone apps. I didn't see the point until I watched a few episodes, now I'm sold on the idea. Seeing the apps in action is much better than screenshots. The host gives fast-paced (a far cry from the Labrats hosts), straight to the point review of each app in only a minute (hence the name). The 20 most-recent reviews are available on Roku.
- Android Weekly. Andrew Moore-Crispin runs down this week in Android News. Information of interest to those with Android devices, in five-minute bites. Recent topics include the top five free apps for Android tablets, video calling on Android smartphones, and changes to the Google Voice service.
- @ - Tech News on Location. butterscotch on location. The current crop of videos, 20 in all, are five-minute reports from CTIA Wireless 2011. Topics include home automation, hands on with Xperia Play, Kyocera dual screens, and IDAPT chargers.
- Gadget TV. Andrew Moore-Crispin takes a close look at the latest and greatest gadgets. Short (less than ten minutes, sometimes under five) looks at the latest mobile gadgets such as Acer's first Android tablet, the Acer Iconia A500, the Seagate GoFlex Slim external hard drive, and an in-car dock for non-iPhone users.
- Tutorial. How do I? What do you want to do? Secure your Android with a pattern lock? Turn your Mac into a Wi-Fi hotspot? Use Gmail's priority inbox? These videos will show you how.
- Neo-fight TV. Ben Freedman and Heather Driscoll go head-to-head over new gadgets. "Jane, you ignorant slut." Sorry, this isn't Jane Curtin and Dan Aykroyd. I couldn't make it through the entirety of the one episode that I sampled, in which Freedman spent the first five minutes of Episode #333 explaining to Driscoll why people use paper shredders.
That's all I had time to review today, but the following is a list of the other video series on the butterscotch channel:
- Sexy Tech. Kate Abraham offers a frank and honest discussion of sexuality and the Internet.
- The A-List. Top videos from the web.
- Pimp My PC. Lucas Cochran helps you customize, personale, and trick out your PC. Now we've completely lost the "mobile lifestyle" theme.
- The Noob. The Noob offers tech 101 for newbies and interesting info for seasoned veterans.
- Miss Download. Cheryl Poirier gives the scoop on the best software.
- Going Mobile. The best in mobile apps.
- Sweet Stuff: Software. Sweet software from Tucows and butterscotch.
- Casual Games. Molly McDonald takes a look at the best free online casual games.
- Web Watch. Stacy Reed seeks out the best of the web.
- Status Update. Jay Goldman brings his social media expertise to bear.
Overall, I like this channel. I didn't see anything that I would be disappointed in missing, but I did pick up some useful information. Most of the videos are short, so it's easy to jump around looking for something that's of interest. Video quality is usually very good and is in HD aspect ratio, and the videos are high-quality professional productions. If you lean toward the geek end of the spectrum, then you may want to include butterscotch on your Roku channel lineup. However, I usually watch videos of this type when I'm working on my computer, and save the Roku for longer entertainment-style content. I'll probably just follow butterscotch on the Web and save my limited Roku channel space for another channel.
One final comment: although the channel's logo, a white "b" in an orange box, is strikingly similar to that of Microsoft's bing search engine, butterscotch is a division of Tucows and is not affiliated with bing or with Microsoft.
Developer's Channel Description: Butterscotch.com helps busy on-the-go people understand and live the mobile lifestyle, by providing a library of free, easy-to-understand video tutorials and shows, as well as answers to questions and tons of useful tips and tricks.