We are very lucky to live in today’s world of technology, even though many of us don’t know it. The multitude of platforms and device manufacturers, as well as the diversity in hardware design, specs and form factors allow us to choose those gadgets which perfectly suit our needs (and pockets).
We thought we’d let all of our dear readers know what devices the Pocketnow Editors are carrying at the moment. Carrier variant or unlocked, black, white or other flavor, small, medium or large, tablet, phablet or smartphone, they’re all there for us to choose from. Let’s dive right in!
Adam Z Lein (Senior Editor)
“My current daily driver is the Nokia Lumia 710. It’s surprisingly the most enjoyable phone I’ve owned in a long time, and I’ll tell you why. First of all, the Lumia 710 is very easy to modify in terms of its external look and every time I swap its battery cover it feels like a new phone. I can snap on the matte cyan battery cover for a cool look, or I can switch to my glossy yellow cover for something more eye-catching, or for something very subdued I can snap on the soft-touch black backing, or when going to see a movie I can snap on a glossy white “The Dark Knight Rises” themed battery cover. The glossy yellow and Mango Windows Phone theme gets the most “nice phone” compliments from people that I meet out and about… more so than any other phone I’ve carried. Hence, the unique design value is very high. Then there’s the ergonomics. No other phone in recent memory fits the hand quite as beautifully as the Lumia 710. Its angled edges fit the fingers perfectly and the curved back keeps it secure in the palm. The screen size is perfect for one-handed usage as well which makes it even more comfortable to use. I’m a T-Mobile subscriber, so the T-Mobile 4G support is important, and the Lumia 710 also allows me to swap out the battery after a long day of usage. I keep an extended battery in my wallet that I can easily snap in when the stock one dies.
On days when I need to do real work that can’t be done with a small-screened smartphone, I also carry an HP TouchSmart TM2 tablet running Windows 8 Preview. This allows me to process massive RAW photos in Adobe Creative Suite 6 or Adobe Lightroom while out and about. It’s got a Wacom stylus with pressure sensitivity for other creative projects and I can run high-end 64bit video editing software like Premiere Pro and AfterEffects. Of course I use OneNote 2013 frequently to keep everything organized. Occasionally I’ll use it for 3D modeling and environmental design visualizations as well and Corel Painter is of course the must-have app for natural media simulation. Should I need to do some web design on the road my tablet also easily handles Expression Web Design and Dreamweaver with no limitations”.
Anton D. Nagy (Managing Editor)
“I have two mobile numbers which gives me the opportunity (at the beginning I regarded it as “headache”) of carrying two phones. With such favorable circumstances, I always decide to carry phones on different platforms. My recent history: LG Optimus 7 and HTC Desire, Apple iPhone 4 and Samsung Galaxy S II, Apple iPhone 4S and HTC One X, Apple iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy S III. My current setup is the iPhone 4S and the Nokia 808 PureView. The iPhone 4S has all the apps that I need, fluidity to make me feel efficient and what I believe to still be the best keyboard for all my E-mail and text needs. The Nokia 808 PureView is hands-down the best camera-phone on the market and it not only completely kills my need to carry a dedicated camera but it also reassures me that I no longer lose any important moments. Turning them into memories is very important to me.
When I’m not working from the office I either carry my Apple New iPad or my Macbook Air, depending on whether I need the extra processing power — like when covering shows like MWC or IFA — or the ability to access the file system and upload files (which will thankfully be addressed in iOS 6). The iPad not only is fast but the applications available, which are designed especially for the tablet, are both good looking and efficient. When I do choose to take out the MacBook Air it is because of it’s very thin and lightweight form factor which allows me to render videos or manipulate photography”.
Brandon Miniman (Editor-in-Chief)
“I’m currently using the quad-core Galaxy S III with an early build of CM10, which is Jelly Bean-based. While there are indeed bugs, the improvement in speed and fluidity makes for the fastest-feeling phone I have ever used, bar none. It is even faster than the Galaxy Nexus with Jelly Bean, which has a more final (and bug-free) build of the new OS. Web browsing on the GS3 with CM10 in particular is remarkably fluid.
For a tablet, I use the new iPad the most, but lately have been using the Galaxy Tab 7.7, which finally has a usable build of CM9 (Android 4.0.4-based). The 7.7″ Super AMOLED display is gorgeous (and still takes the cake as the largest Super AMOLED display on the market), and the thinness and lightness of the tablet is impressive, especially compared to the Nexus 7. That said, I was disappointed to learn that even after installed CM9 on the Exynos dual-core powered Tab 7.7, the device is still as laggy as it was on the Honeycomb software with which it shipped”.
Jaime Rivera (Multimedia Manager)
“Two phones has been my way to go for years. Each of my carriers has benefits I can’t live without, so I choose not to compromise. After months of using the HTC One X and iPhone 4S combo, Jelly Bean just revived the Galaxy Nexus for me. I can’t get over how fast it’s become, even when compared to any quad-core phone in the Market. My iPhone 4S is running iOS 6 beta 3, holds 64GB of storage and is the best camera I own on a smartphone, so it’s hard for me to replace it.
When it comes to tablets, I do own and love my New iPad with 4G and 64GB, but the Nexus 7 has kept me company for over a week now. It’s my first 7-inch tablet and it definitely won’t be my last. Don’t get me wrong, I prefer the 10-inch form factor for tablets, but a 7-inch tablet doesn’t need a backpack to carry around. The Nexus 7 may have the dullest screen in the world, but it’s fast, beautiful and really convenient”.
Joe Levi (Senior Editor)
“I’m Joe the Android Guy, so naturally I pack an Android around on my hip almost 24/7. I carry a GSM Galaxy Nexus running a CM10 preview so I can get not only the best of the Jelly Bean world, but the best of CyanogenMod, too.
Why do I carry the GNex? Simply put, it’s a Google phone. It’s one of the phones that gets hacks and mods first. This means I get to try them out and let you guys know if they’re worth your time to apply — or if you should steer clear. Other than CyanogenMod, the only other additions I’ve made to the phone are an extended battery and a horizontal holster to keep it snugly on my hip.
I’ve also started carrying a tablet. I retired my XOOM because it’s just too big to be lugable and replaced it with a Galaxy Tab 7.7 then recently replaced it with a Nexus 7. The “Seven” is easier to hold, despite its additional thickness, and is running Jelly Bean — gotta love Jelly Bean. I use the Seven for game playing, book reading, note taking, driving (Waze looks great on it!), and it’s honestly doing a pretty good job replacing most of what I use my phone for.
It’s a wonderful time to be a geek!”
Michael Fisher (Contributing Editor)
“Just before I came aboard with Pocketnow, I was in the midst of a cost- and clutter-reduction phase of my life. Part of that phase required me to slim down my phone collection, so I traded in an HP Veer and Samsung Focus on AT&T for a Galaxy Nexus LTE on Verizon. I reasoned that Verizon was the best network in my part of the U.S., Ice Cream Sandwich had made Android’s UI tolerable, and a Nexus device would ensure timely updates from Google. While the whole Nexus thing didn’t really pan out the way it should have, and while I have plenty of gripes about the Galaxy Nexus LTE, I also have a lot of affection for the little red-headed stepchild of the Nexus world. It’ll stay by my side for a while longer.
iOS bores me to pieces, and I wish it was lighter and thinner, but the third-generation Apple iPad serves as my primary tablet. That’s because, for my use case, it’s still the most capable of all the tablet devices available. However, it’s recently lost this favored status to Google’s Nexus 7, whose more-portable form factor, better feel-in-hand, and enhanced customizability have made it my new tablet of choice for use on the go”.
Stephen Schenck (Chief News Editor)
“I use a bunch of different Androids, with different form factors being optimal for different kinds of tasks. If I want something to carry around, I take the Galaxy Note with me, as I really like larger-screen devices for web browsing and email, but don’t want to lug a separate bag for a tablet. The Note really hits that sweet spot of being close to the largest thing you’d want to carry in a jacket pocket. That said, I hate talking on something that size, so I use an old original-model Droid with Skype on it for a lot of my calls; while it’s not as flexible as a modern handset, for simple tasks like that, it gets the job done with flying colors, and the QWERTY bulk gives it a nice, solid feel in my hand.
At home, it’s nice to have a larger screen to work with, and while I don’t watch a lot of video on tablets, it’s hard to beat them for gaming. There’s nothing that special about the Galaxy Tab 8.9, but it’s a solid performer that’s not too heavy and gets decent battery life”.