Posts tagged with: Weekend Debate
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    Now that Google’s messaging platform is complete – or some might argue overcomplete – with its new offerings of Allo and Duo, it’s time to ask ourselves a question. Actually, it’s time to ask a series of questions. Will I use it? If I use it, who will I use it with? Can I get my peeps to use it? Do people still say “peeps” anymore? These are all really important questions, and the Weekend Debate is all about questions, so let’s dive in shall we? Cross the streams One of the great things about Allo and Duo are that they’re both cross-platform unlike some other video ...

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    2016 is arguably the year of the midrange phone. This year’s crop of ~$400 phones is spectacular, full featured, and, dare we say it, flagship killers. These phones are so good, we’re comparing them in video. When was the last time we compared a midrange phone to anything? The Moto G two years ago? These midrange phones are getting really great. It’s almost unbelievable what $400 will get you today. Phones this cheap could signal a shift in how the consumer views the smartphone. At 300-400 dollars, you can almost afford to have a workday phone and a weekend fun phone. So, take this ...

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    As much fun as it is to make fun of Samsung’s Note 7 fire issue, this is one area that could have impact to the entire smartphone industry. Samsung has a big fracking problem on its hands, and it needs to be very careful of its next steps. For those not familiar with the situation, let me catch you up. Over the course of the last few weeks, Samsung’s latest flagship, the Note 7, went on sale. Some users reported the phone would burst into flames while charging. Since then, Samsung has issued a global recall of the device, citing faulty battery issues, and has plans to replace every ...

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    OnePlus may have been right after all, as Obi Wan would say, “…from a certain point of view.” When OnePlus started playing this game we call “making smartphones” it billed its first device a “flagship killer”. Now, I’m not saying that the OnePlus One killed the flagship – far from it. But the OnePlus One was one of several devices that started riding the rising “good midranger” wave. OEMs like OnePlus, Alcatel, Motorola, Blu, and any number of other OEMs have all started putting out devices that are pretty good and won’t hurt the wallet. Heck, ZTE just put out the ...

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    The Samsung Note 7 made its appearance this week and on board was a spiffy new security measure – the iris scanner. Biometrics are pushing the boundaries of security today, and adding biometric security to a flagship phone targeted toward business is a smart strong move. Which is why Samsung added a fingerprint sensor two years ago. So, Samsung is no stranger to biometric security, and has a pretty good biometric security feature already in place, so what’s with the iris scanner? Adding a second layer of security like this is expensive on a phone that is already just under $100 more ...

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    BlackBerry is a funny little company. Once a juggernaut in the mobile space, it has since fallen from grace. Overwhelming numbers by Android and iOS pushed BlackBerry down into the dreaded “other” category on most pie charts. Many companies would have silently slipped tail between legs and slinked off, but not BlackBerry, and that’s actually one of the thing I admire about the company. Overwhelming evidence suggests that BlackBerry has hit the canvas so many times, even LL Cool J is saying “Ain’t gonna Comeback”. But here comes Blackberry with another offering – the DTEK50 ...

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    A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the possibility of giving up your smartphone for a collection of devices. This personal cloud of devices would include a smartwatch, a heads-up display, a battery pack/WiFi device, and whatever else. It would be a personal network of devices, all excelling at what they did individually to make up a collective whole. This is a fascinating concept when you think about it. One of the things I like the most about wearable tech is its omnipresent, but unobtrusive nature – there when you need it, out of the way when you don’t. But it does beg the ...

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    Samsung is set to debut its generation-skipping Galaxy Note 7 sometime this summer. This typically reflects Samsung’s large-screen compatriot to the Galaxy S phone from earlier in the year. For the last couple of years, Samsung has issued an Edge variant to the Note series at this time as well. But pretty much the main thing distinguishing the Note from the S is the S-Pen. This isn’t exactly the definition of innovation here, amirite? Further, the Edge variant of the Note last year lost the S-Pen. Add to that the fact that this year’s Galaxy Edge was .2” inches smaller than last ...

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    Funny thing. I guess my latest collaborative post should have had a “Spoiler alert” tag on it, because if you read my thoughts on what I’d like to see at WWDC, you would have noticed that I talked about this editorial. Specifically, I suggested that iOS was boring and needed a major overhaul. So I started thinking about it; was I right? I’m not so sure, and that brings us to this debate. iOS has been stuck in quite the rut for years and years (and years and years) now. Its basic grid of icons and up-until-recently awful notification shade have been designed to exacting ...

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    Last week, we saw a Bloomberg report claiming that Google was making a list, checking it twice and finding out which OEMs were naughty and nice. In other words, Google was ranking Android OEMs based on how fast they pushed out updates to consumers. The list is internal – probably as a mental note for who Google should start poking if they lag behind. But the same report suggests that Google may start publishing this list to the public so we all can know who is hot and who is not when it comes to updates. Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it and with Google already ...

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    We may be approaching a turning point in mobile technology, which in many ways is actually coming full circle. The time was that you had "accessories" like a camera, a PDA, a phone, a laptop, a watch, and a host of other devices on you that all performed a specific function. The best part was, all of those devices generally performed that function exceptionally well and if one of them happened to break down, you didn’t have to replace all of them. Gradually, we have shifted to a world where all of those devices have coalesced into one super device – the smartphone, with functions that ...

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    Now that Google I/O has come and gone again, it’s time to focus our attention about 9 miles to the south to Cupertino. At I/O, Google revealed quite a few nice things and also left some questions unanswered. But it’s the nice things we want to talk about today, and specifically the nice things that Google now has, and Apple does not. Because like the Joneses with the spiffy new riding mower, Google now has the shiny on the other side of the fence, and you have to wonder if Apple is cowering behind the curtains grasping its binoculars and cursing. All metaphors aside, Apple is the other ...

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    USB Type-C is one of those much-anticipated concepts that has finally made it to the masses - including (finally) me! I just picked up a Nexus 6P and I find myself needed to make a little bit of an adjustment in my charging habits. One of the most attractive features of the USB Type-C connector is the it is reversible. No more cable acrobatics just to find the right way to give your phone some juice. This is a priceless innovation that has been highly sought after for some time. Those who have used recent Apple devices have gotten a taste of this concept with the lighting connector, which ...

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    Modular phones are becoming a thing. Or so LG hopes. One of the most popular modular phones of later has been Project Ara, Google's modular device that will have a Lego-like structure of swapping out components that are sold out of lunch wagons. I’m not even making this up. This is an interesting concept since it adds two things to your phone which cannot normally be added - longevity and ease of repair. LG's modular design adds a new dimension to the equation - expandability. But the question is, are those things that the modern smartphone needs? Or is the concept of the modular phone ...

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    Warranties fall into that category of “things you don’t think about until you need it”. At the end of the day, it’s nice that if your phone stops working in a short period of time, you can contact the company who made the phone and get some kind of satisfaction – most of the time. But every now and then, those warranties turn out not so great. Maybe there is an issue with your phone that isn’t covered or maybe the factory is swinging and missing on basic warranty service. Either way, suddenly that assurance isn’t so reliable. Then, there’s the other side of the coin – ...

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    Galaxies keep getting bigger while the Notes stay the same. Samsung basically has two flagships – the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Note. But recently with the emergence of the Galaxy S7 Edge, worlds started to collide a little bit. But, to be fair, this is only after Samsung decided to muddy the waters a bit. Samsung took its successful Edge phone to the phablet stage with the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, and released it along side its main phablet offering – the Galaxy Note 5. Then, this past spring, the Galaxy S7 Edge came out and it wasn’t too far away from the Galaxy S6 Edge plus in size or ...

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    There has been an explosion in VR and AR headsets over the past few years. There was a time we talked about Oculus and not a whole lot else. Then at CES, I saw an entire section of the show floor dedicated to VR. Everyone and their mother was coming out with new VR, or developing for VR. Later, Samsung had a press conference that was dependent on VR. LG has a VR headset. The HTC Vive is out and shipping. VR is everywhere, from $30 Google Cardboard to $3000 Hololens headsets. Despite all of this one player – one notable player- has been absolutely silent in this category – Apple. It’s ...

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    Apple just got done introducing its latest iPhone, the iPhone SE and since we can’t let the rumor mill go silent for even a minute, let’s talk about the iPhone 7, shall we? More specifically, a lot of rumors have been pointing at the possibility of the iPhone 7 having an edge-to-edge bezel-less display. Of course, the actual definition of “bezel-less” is a little on the fuzzy side. Some have said that the bezel-less iPhone will have a curved glass display that will fall off on the edges, not dissimilar to the Galaxy S7 Edge. The primary difference is that the iPhone would not have ...

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    There’s an old saying that goes, “it’s only worth what someone is willing to pay for it.” And if that was going to be the crux of my argument, this article would already be over. But the fact remains that you and I have a pretty expensive hobby in smartphones and especially flagships. So, if it’s only worth what someone will pay, then we’re clearly all willing to pay quite a bit. But then these tear-downs come out and we find out just how much it actually costs to build these phones from a physical component perspective. Often the cost is 1/3 of the retail price of these units, ...

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    If you’re a Windows 10 Mobile fan, you may have received a bit of a shock last week when Microsoft announced the first wave of devices that would be officially getting their Windows 10 Mobile update. Actually, that wasn’t the shocking part. The shocking part was that there wasn’t going to be a second wave. That’s right Microsoft fans, what you see is what you get. There were some notable exceptions left off this list, including the Lumia 1020, the Lumia 920, and the Lumia 930. Interestingly enough, the Lumia Icon, which is basically the Lumia 930 in a bright red Verizon candy shell ...

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    Samsung returned to a fine tradition of water proofing/resisting with its latest flagship phones. Both the Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge carry a slightly improved IP68 rating than the Samsung Galaxy S5’s IP 67 rating and the Galaxy S6’s IPGotNothin’ rating. So Samsung dropped water resistance and then returned, presumably due to consumer demand, new technology, or both. Now that I can go geocaching with my brand new Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (you know, when I get one), I started to wonder about another Galaxy sibling – the Active. Now that the Galaxy S7 has a bigger battery and water ...

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    Later this year, HTC will release its next flagship, the HTC 10. The rumors surrounding this phone make it seem very intriguing, but one thing we haven’t been able to pin down is whether or not HTC will release a Windows 10 Mobile variant of its flagship. There is precedent for such a move, but there are reasons to not go that route as well. Sounds like a debate to me! Let’s dive in, shall we? Less than ideal One the one hand, Windows 10 Mobile is not in very good shape these days. Microsoft seems to be focusing more on the software and services side of its business model and Windows ...

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    HTC changed course a little bit this year. In the past, when other OEMs announced their flagship phones at MWC, HTC was right there along side of them announcing its own flagship. This year, it went a different direction. When the world was introduced to the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, and the LG G5, with an honorable mention going to the Sony Xperia Performance, there was no HTC flagship to be seen, opting instead for a later announcement at its own venue several weeks from now, possibly April 11. Instead, HTC did unveil a few midrange smartphones in its Desire collection. Nice, but ...

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    This is probably one of the more serious Weekend Debates of recent history. This is a Weekend Debate with implications far more reaching than trade shows or design elements. Today, we talk about security and national obligation. The FBI recently requested that Apple unlock an iPhone that was owned by the perpetrator of a mass shooting on US soil. Apple has thus far refused, citing security concerns. This has sparked a national debate, and we’re picking up the torch and carrying it over the weekend. It's Apple vs. FBI. Who are you betting on? Limit one per customer The FBI’s request ...

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    One of the things we do here at Pocketnow is talk about our favorite parts about phones and tablets. I will talk about the camera, all day. Other editors have other preferences - operating system, skin, processor, etc. It almost starts to become a debate of sorts. Of course our reviews cover every facets of a mobile experience, but that's because we have to. We have to talk about every little piece of a device, even though it frankly doesn't excite us. But one of the best parts is, if you really dig down and read between the lines or follow us on social media, maybe you can figure out ...

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