Amazon buys Roomba, non-watch wearables, and the best cheap(er) phones

The Vergecast

Aug 10 2022 • 1 hr 21 mins

David Pierce taps into The Verge's reviews team to explore where we're headed with smart home gadgets, wearables, and midrange phones. 01:56 - Verge smart home reviewer Jennifer Pattison Tuohy comes back to the show to break down the news of Amazon acquiring iRobot, maker of the ever popular Roomba robot vacuum. 24:46 - Verge wearable tech reviewer Victoria Song joins David to explore the fascinating world of non-watch wearables: rings, earbuds, sports bras, and sleep trackers. Afterward, we hear from Whoop CEO Will Ahmed about his approach to wearable technology. 53:40 - Verge mobile reviewer Allison Johnson and David discuss the ideal version of a mid-range smartphone, and what are the best trade-offs for the price. Further reading: Amazon to acquire Roomba robot vacuum maker iRobot for $1.7 billion Amazon bought iRobot to see inside your home The best sleep tech you can buy right now Whoop 4.0 Review Oura Ring Gen 3 Review Google Pixel 6a review: midrange parts, Tensor smarts Apple's new iPhone SE is a modern phone stuck in yesterday's design Apple should have followed Google’s Pixel 6A playbook with the iPhone SE OnePlus 10T review: call it a comeback Nothing Phone 1 review: something else Learn more about your ad choices. Visit