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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    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how dare the company release a Quad-HD, Snapdragon 805-powered upgrade so soon, effectively rendering its 2014 flagship outdated just eight weeks after release?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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    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 what we're up to this coming Friday, June 20, as we kick off the all new Pocketnow Weekly in style: with Google Hangouts, special guest Marques Brownlee, and a smartphone giveaway best described as huge (in more ways than one). Fret not, loyal listeners: we're not abandoning the best of the Pocketnow Weekly with our switch to video. Our streams and feeds will be unaffected –you'll still be able to tune in to the audio portion ...

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    If you're looking for an interesting story in the smartphone world, the company formerly known as Lucky Goldstar is a fantastic place to start. There was a time not so long ago when, here in the States, the brand served as an afterthought at best – or a punchline at worst. But then came 2012's Optimus G, a bundle of pleasant surprises that we called an excellent balance of "aesthetics, performance, and utility." That was followed by last year’s LG G2, the world's first smartphone to pack the powerful Snapdragon 800 and the debut device for LG's new edge-to-edge display design. Then ...

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    When we first rebooted the Pocketnow podcast way back in the summer of 2012, we decided to number our episodes with three digits, the idea being to motivate us to reach at least 100 episodes. Two years –and one Stitcher Award– later, that day has finally come: after maintaining a perfect attendance record of one show a week for the past 23 months, the Pocketnow Weekly has reached its Golden Episode ... and it's almost time to reboot once more! But before we kick off the next phase of the Weekly's journey, we want to take an episode to catch our breath and reconnect with our roots ... ...

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    "Who are we?" That's the question Huawei executives opened with at the new Ascend Mate2's press event, and it's a good one indeed. Besides serving as a mnemonic to settle the long debate over how exactly the Chinese company's name is pronounced in English (yes, the "H" is voiced), the question itself is interesting ... because according to Huawei's data, almost 80% of Americans would be unable to answer it. If you're a US citizen and you're familiar with the Huawei brand, that's probably due to the unsteady relations between the telecom giant and the American government, which not too long ...

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