Careful where you stick that S Pen | Pocketnow Weekly 163

Update: That Huawei Watch gave us the jeebies all through the program. Well, glad that’s all uploaded.

One of the nice things about the current monoform world of slab smartphones is that there are very few moving parts to break. Until, that is, you decide to defy common sense and stick your brand new Galaxy Note 5’s S Pen into its silo backwards. That’s when life stops getting funny … and starts getting real. Join us for a debate on whether this is an example of terminal user stupidity or inexcusable design flaw, and then stick around for all the news of the week in mobile technology, from the new Nexus to the new Lumias to the old (and now dead) Fire Phone.

All that –plus your listener mail– awaits below on episode 163 of your favorite tech podcast! So whip out your stylus, because the next episode of the Pocketnow Weekly is chock full of Notent Note-ables. Watch the video broadcast from 12:00pm Eastern on August 28 (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version the Monday after we broadcast. And don’t forget to shoot your listener mail to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com for a shot at getting your question read aloud on the air!


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Huawei Nexus


Galaxy Note 5 review is here / but put that S Pen in right / because otherwise you’ll break it forever

Buncha Sony Z5s tipped for IFA next week

Looming Huawei Nexus pictured with huge camera hump

Upcoming Microsoft smartphones Lumia 950, 950XL get rendered

Latest Moto 360 leak reveals smaller size option

Former Apple exec launches Obi Worldphone

HTC A9 looks a lot like an iPhone 6

LG unveils unusual roll-up keyboard ahead of IFA




Amazon exits smartphone business / discounts Fire Phone again

Lenovo moves its smartphone business under Motorola brand

Facebook M is your new digital assistant

Apple goes official with September 9 event

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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 Reviews Editor, 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!