Posts by Michael Fisher

Michael Fisher has followed the world of mobile technology for over ten years as hobbyist, retailer, and reviewer. A lengthy stint as a Sprint Nextel employee and a long-time devotion to webOS have cemented his love for the underdog platforms of the world. In addition to serving as Pocketnow's Editorial Director, Michael is a stage, screen, and voice actor, as well as co-founder of a profitable YouTube-based business. He lives in Boston, MA. Read more about Michael Fisher!

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    Updated with links to the high-quality version of the podcast (both to stream and download it), as well as timecodes to let you jump through the podcast. As always, thanks for listening, and we'll see you right here next week! "Bring us alternate topics," you said. And boy oh boy, have the waning days of December delivered. On today's podcast, we're joined by Daniel Bader of MobileSyrup for a firsthand account of the BlackBerry Classic launch and an acoustic retelling of MobileSyrup's BlackBerry Classic review, told as only a true Canadian can tell it. On the heels of that, we're ...

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    Remember last year, when we prefaced our nonsensical Nexus 5 vs Note 3 comparison video with the declaration that we were only doing it because so many of you had asked us to? Google saved us the trouble this year, by building its new Nexus to large-enough proportions that you could almost mistake it for this year's Galaxy Note 4. (If you were far enough away, that is. And if your eyesight wasn't too good.) Point is: unlike the Nexus 5, the Nexus 6 is a large-format smartphone. And unlike the Nexus 5, the Nexus 6 packs the absolute latest in technology without also taking a dive on the ...

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    Android 5.0: it's not just for smartphones anymore. (Well okay; it was for smartphones and tablets before, but that kinda ruins the joke.) With the latest software update out of Google, the company's wearable computing platform gets a big boost. Around here, we call it the Android Wear Lollipop edition – and it's already made our Moto 360 and G Watch R smartwatches much more capable. Join us for a guided tour of Android Wear Lollipop! In five minutes, we take you for a spin around new notification settings, specialized modes for movie theaters and beach days, a new gallery built just ...

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    Updated with links to download and stream the Weekly 126. Additionally, we'd like to apologize to our listeners this week, as the recording quality isn't quite as good as usual because of multiple technical difficulties. We hope you enjoy the episode, however, and we'll see you right back here next week! It's the sleekest slice of the future this side of the Galaxy Round and LG G Flex, and we've got it on the air. This week on the Pocketnow Weekly, it's the Galaxy Note Edge review (podcast edition) and we're eager to take all your questions just as quickly as you can submit them, so make ...

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    A manufacturer's "smartphone philosophy" might seem like a lofty concept dreamed up by a reviewer big on thesauri and light on sleep, but it's actually pretty easy to summarize with a quick story from Barcelona. A couple years ago at MWC, Editor-in-Chief Anton D. Nagy and I found ourselves at a briefing being shown a new Samsung product due for release. When we remarked that a competing product from another manufacturer exhibited more overall polish and cohesiveness, Samsung's response was quick and blunt: "Yeah, but ours can do more." That's been the story of the high-end Samsung ...

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    The Galaxy Note Edge screen is a 160-pixel-wide strip of pure potential – assuming you know how to use it. Given Samsung's typically robust software build and the sheer audacity of bolting such a novel addition onto an already feature-packed smartphone, we thought new Galaxy Note Edge owners might appreciate a little tutorial to kickstart their journey into bent-screen bliss. So we cooked up the below video to help you get acquainted with the raddest secondary display since the Motorola i930. From the quick-draw convenience of Quick Tools to the patronizing pleading of S Health, we've ...

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    The Galaxy Note Edge is a Galaxy Note 4 with a little something extra – 409,000 little somethings, actually. They're the pixels making up the display extension along the phone's right-hand side, a curved strip of AMOLED that Samsung calls the "Edge screen." It's built to add functionality to an already-potent portfolio of features ... but it also adds cost, and sacrifices some of the fit and finish we really appreciate on the Note 4. With both Notes on shelves this holiday season, we thought it wise to compare the new Notes and see what you're buying when you opt for one or the ...

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    The Nexus 6 is like no Google smartphone that's come before. Built to prodigious dimensions with the fortified heft that few but Motorola can manage, this newest Nexus debuted to a wave of demand – and discord. With a price tag nearly double that of last year's model and the footprint of a small tablet, the Nexus 6 comes as a significant shock to those who expected more of the same in 2014. The wonderful thing about shock, though, is that it wears off. And once it does, you start to remember that affordability has only occasionally been synonymous with the Nexus brand. You realize ...

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    Updated with links to download and stream the high-quality audio version, plus timecodes. Thanks for listening, folks – we'll see you next week right here! Around these parts, even the slow news weeks sizzle with excitement – and that's just fine with us. On the rundown for this edition of Pocketnow's once-a-week mobile technology podcast: a bevy of Motorola rumor and speculation, new odd smartphones from YotaPhone and Alcatel ONETOUCH, and ominous developments in the land of carrier meddling. On top of that, Brandon Miniman returns this week as our podcast guest! Our former ...

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    Nexus 6 vs Moto X: it's a debate playing itself out in browser tabs, retail stores, and fevered brains across the nation – one made more difficult by their shared ancestry and aesthetics. But difficult debates are Pocketnow's prime province, so naturally we've got some thoughts on the matter. While you don't have to look too closely to see that these Androids are indeed Motos from other mothers, you've got to dig a little deeper to find out just how different they are. From screen size to camera build to software load, right down to the direction of their USB ports, these Motorola ...

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    Nexus 6 vs Nexus 5. If you're a die-hard Android fanboy/girl with a wad of phone-buying bills burning a hole in your pocket and no idea whether to spring for the super-modern or settle for the slightly dated, this is the comparison for you. While the gulf in screen and chassis size is huge here, there's more to this decision than bigness. The Nexus 6 carries a larger battery, higher-resolution camera, more modern processor, more elaborate radio stack ... and a $300 premium over its year-old predecessor. That means it starts at $649 instead of $349, probably its biggest deviation from ...

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    Updated with the HQ audio version of the podcast (download and streaming links) as well as timecodes so you can navigate the whirlwind that is our podcast with ease. As always, thanks for listening, and see you next week! An octagonal Android smartphone, a lawsuit over the term "Milk," and a phone camera that flips up like a deranged pancake. Oh, and luxury smartwatches. (Luxury smartwatch faces, anyway. Illegal ones. Or something.) Companies have waited until the end of the year to spring all the nonsense on us, it seems – and we're lapping it up like the grateful tech hounds we are. ...

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    "We're not first, so we might as well be last and know something." That's a line we ripped off from The Newsroom, and it's also our review philosophy when we don't get a demo device in time for a punctual review. But we (finally) have a Nexus 6 in house, and we're (finally) going to unbox it – and we'll try to turn the delay to our mutual advantage in the process. In case you missed our multiple podcasts discussing the Nexus 6, what we're looking at here is a real monster on the spec sheet, the size chart, and the price list. The $649 Nexus 6 is the largest Nexus smartphone ever ...

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    Anyone with an interest in the bar business and a stomach for reality television is probably familiar with Bar Rescue, the SpikeTV phenomenon that's brought bar and nightclub expert Jon Taffer to living rooms worldwide since 2011. The show follows Taffer as he drops in on failing bars and restaurants all over the nation, solving their business woes through a regimen of on-the-job training, elaborate renovations, and often-scathing criticism.   But Taffer's not content merely with hosting a hit TV show and overseeing a consulting empire that includes one of the biggest annual ...

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    Updated with links to stream and download the high-quality audio version of the podcast, as well as timecodes for all the stories mentioned. We hope you enjoyed – see you next week! Is Nokia's new tablet just an iPad ripoff – or just what Android needs? Will Gorilla Glass 4 finally stop you from shattering your smartphone? And is the Gear S a good enough smartwatch to make the dumbphone obsolete? These are the pressing questions on the docket this week as the mobile industry prepares to end a wild year on a weird note, and we're gonna tackle them one by one in the ruthlessly silly ...

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