CNET just premiered the fourth season of “Always On with Molly Wood,” a tech/gadget review show that puts devices and device-related accessories through extreme real-world tests to see if they would survive.
Hosted by Molly Wood, the Executive Editor at CNET, the show also features contributions from Jeff Cannata, the co-host of “The Totally Rad Show,” a video podcast covering pop culture news and reviews.
“Always On” features two running segments: the “torture tests” that recreate viewer-submitted real-world tech horror stories like forgetting your smartphone in the washing machine or leaving a laptop on the roof of your car; and the “road tests,” which feature professionals such as interior designers, photographers and filmmakers performing real-world product tests by using the featured devices/gadgets in their daily lives.
The fourth season of “Always On” will place a special emphasis on determining if popular devices and gadgets would survive even the most extreme summer-related activities, including the surf in Kona, HI, skiing in Vail, CO, and even a road-trip from Anaheim, CA to Las Vegas, NV.
“We all know that devices get left out in the sun, dropped in the fool and fought over in the car, so this summer, you’ll know exactly which gadgets you want to bring on your next vacation,” says Wood.
Here’s the initial lineup of episodes/tests CNET has announced:
May 21: Cannata visits NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, where he gets a first-hand look at deep-space exploration vehicles that will one day explore the moon, Mars and even asteroids.
June 4: RV Road Show from Anaheim to Las Vegas during which the hosts road test the Galaxy Note 8 tablet and test the durability of the HTC One.
June 11: Cannata and Wood compare rugged underwater cameras during a swim with dolphins, test iPhone 5 underwater cases in the surf and compare the beach durability of the iPad mini and the Kindle Paperwhite.
June 18: It’s off to Vail for the GoPro Mountain Games — the crew will find out whether the Samsung Galaxy S4 and a bevy of wearable fitness are up for extreme outdoor sports.
As with all CNET programming/videos, the show will be available on CNET.com, the tech site’s YouTube channel and its apps across smartphones, tablets, Roku, Xbox and Samsung Smart TVs, among other devices. The show will also be distributed to AOL On and Yahoo.