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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    I’ve learned that there are two things about being a mobile technology reviewer. The first thing: you get to handle awesome gadgetry days or weeks ahead of its official release date, and you’re not just allowed to use the heck out of it; you need to, in order to do your job. That’s the awesome thing. The other (less-awesome) thing: you eventually have to give it all back. Empty Nest is a recurring column discussing what I miss -and what I don’t- about the devices I’ve had to return. • All this talk about the maybe-real, probably-fake Sony Xperia Z3 Compact has me ...

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    There are folks out there who don’t have the time for a ten-minute video or a 3,000-word review, and they certainly don’t have an hour to absorb a meandering podcast (no matter how many awards it’s won). These people might be sneaking a quick YouTube fix on a bathroom break, trying to make a point to a rival smartphone owner at a bar, or even standing in line at a wireless retail store, waiting to make a purchase. They need the facts delivered quickly, with a minimum of window dressing and a firm conclusion in as little time as possible. For them, we’ve created the 60-Second ...

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    Galaxy S5 Prime. Galaxy S5 LTE-A. Galaxy S5 SUPREME. Whatever you call it, we've spent the week getting to know Samsung's most polarizing Quad-HD flagship, and we know you've got questions. So we've got our review unit all charged up and ready for an on-air "live Galaxy S5 Prime review" of sorts, along with some compelling Samsung topics a few eager readers have already sent in, on today's Pocketnow Weekly podcast! But there's more to life than Samsung, so we're mixing in a whole lot more mobile tech talk for your expectant eardrums. We'll cover HTC's newest financials, Lenovo's obscene ...

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    While we don't consider the Galaxy S5 a particularly tough act to follow, we didn't think Samsung would try to one-up itself so soon after its launch (historical precedent aside). Nevertheless here we are: not even three months after the original Galaxy S5 hit store shelves, a revised version with a more powerful processor, more memory, and a higher-resolution display is upon us. Its official name is the Galaxy S5 LTE-A, but others have taken to calling it the "Galaxy S5 Prime." If that doesn't sound right to you, you're not alone: there's considerable confusion surrounding the Galaxy ...

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    The rage was palpable in comment sections across the internet when Samsung announced the Galaxy S5 LTE-A (a.k.a. "Galaxy S5 Prime") a mere two months after releasing the "stock" Galaxy S5. Despite the fact that the company had pulled a similar move with 2013's Galaxy S 4, folks were incensed: how dare the company release a Quad-HD, Snapdragon 805-powered upgrade so soon, effectively rendering its 2014 flagship outdated just eight weeks after release? The answer to that question is known only to the glam gods at Samsung, so we sought out the answer to a different question with our ...

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    Depending on whether you bought a Galaxy S5 this season or decided to hold out for something better, the "Galaxy S5 Prime" is either one of the most intriguing or one of the most infuriating smartphones of the year. Released just a few months after its flagship predecessor, the SM-G906S packs a faster processor, more RAM, more advanced LTE connectivity, and a 2560 x 1440 display with a pixel density of 576ppi. All this makes it, in the eyes of some, the smartphone the Galaxy S5 should have been. But despite its upgraded internals, the Galaxy S5 Prime seems reluctant to stray too far from ...

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    Update: Well, the below outline is how things were supposed to go ... but the fickle finger of Fate is a cruel instrument, as you longtime listeners well know. Unfortunately Daniel Bader was unable to join us due to connectivity problems at Google I/O, and a power outage mid-podcast disrupted the audio track that would have enabled a higher-quality listener download. Next week, folks. Next week it'll all turn out all right. In the interim, the show can be found below in all formats. Whether you like computers on your wrist, cardboard smartphones on your face, or a little more dimension ...

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    Right on time (ish), Google has lifted the veil on the new Android Wear section of its Play Store, putting both the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live up for preorder, with shipments starting July 8th. In case you missed our extensive I/O coverage, both of these devices bring Google's new Android Wear platform to a decidedly boxy form factor, with the slightly larger Samsung device edging out the G Watch just slightly in size and specs. The LG G Watch is available in black and white variants at $229, while the Gear Live only showed up in black on our afternoon refresh-fest (though it comes ...

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    Google I/O 2014 is still underway, but as we continue following it on the web and from our local Google office outside Boston, we've got some new info on the new crop of Android Wear devices that just can't wait. Google's announcement included the exciting news that two new Android Wear smartwatches –both the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live– will go live for pre-order today (and also as the not-so-exciting news that we're still going to have to wait a while for the Moto 360, but you can't win 'em all). Rest assured, we've got our orders drafted and ready to send in, and we'll bring ...

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    If there's one thing about us geeks, it's our capacity to be super-critical about every little thing you can imagine. Sometimes that's a good thing: it prevents us from being bamboozled by every piece of techno-trash a company tries to shove down our throat, and it prompts the more vocal among us to shout out loud until those firms refine their offerings. Criticism, on the whole, can have a net positive effect. But sometimes it feels like we complain just for the sake of making noise. Publications like ours are as guilty of this as any other, but on the whole, most of us try to keep our ...

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    We have it on good authority that the focus of this week's Google I/O 2014 event will be Android Wear. The company's new smartwatch platform looks poised to bring us some of the most compelling wearable offerings ever, with devices to satisfy desires both subtle and gross. While I can't wait to see what Google has cooked up for the wrists of the world, I also can't help hoping that Wednesday's announcements will bring us more news from the smartphone side of Mountain View's portfolio. Specifically, news of the (possibly) forthcoming Nexus 6. You'd be right in calling this expectation ...

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    Sometimes a smartphone comparison is about more than spec-vs-spec slogging. Sometimes it's a question of lifestyle, of values ... and vanity. To some people, how a phone looks can be just as important as how it performs, and when performance is as top-notch as these flagships deliver, significant differences must be sought elsewhere. Fortunately, the Galaxy S5 and LG G3 offer plenty to pick from in this regard. From waterproofing to a fingerprint scanner to a full health suite and 16MP camera, the 2014 Samsung flagship packs a lot of heat. But then, with a Quad-HD display, a laser-focused ...

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    Update: We've received your comments on the m4a format (vs mp3) and have added an mp3 version to the available feeds (it's accessible via the direct-download link below). Going forward, episodes will arrive in mp3 format, just like they used to. Thanks for the feedback! After 100 episodes of an award-winning mobile technology podcast done in the tried-and-true audio-only format, we think it's about time to change things up. That's why we're eschewing the beautiful outdoors for sound booths and dark offices this June afternoon: so we can kick off the all-new Pocketnow Weekly in style! ...

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    I know what you're thinking. And before you get all out of sorts, don't worry: our regular reviews aren't going anywhere. We're going to continue bringing you the excellent long-form written reviews and in-depth video coverage you've come to expect, backed up by the regular podcast, reader hangout, and editorial roundtable events we've always offered. None of that's going away, so fret not! But there are folks out there who don't have the time for a ten-minute video or a 3,000-word review, and they certainly don't have an hour to absorb a meandering podcast (no matter how many awards ...

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    We've said it before: durable smartphones shouldn't have to be crappy ones. After all, these things are supposed to be “life companions.” You want a device that can keep up with you no matter how muddy, wet, or bumpy your slog through life becomes – and you shouldn't have to sacrifice specs for that level of durability. Samsung gave us a taste of that best-of-both-worlds experience with last year's Galaxy S 4 Active, but in doing so it introduced significant compromise to the spec sheet. When the new Galaxy S5 launched earlier this spring as a waterproof flagship for the ...

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