Galaxy Note 4 review, Nexus 6/9 anticipation, new iPad thoughts & more | Pocketnow Weekly 118

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Samsung’s latest, greatest phablet is here, and it’s a hard-edged reminder that it’s no longer enough just to be big; you’ve got to be smart about it, too. We’re talking everything from #gapgate to Multi Window to the S Pen on today’s podcast-style Galaxy Note 4 review … and to help us do that, we’re bringing in two very sharp tacks from respected corners of the mobile community: Brad Molen of Engadget and Florence Ion of Greenbot!

This week’s news didn’t stop at the Note, of course. We’re also talking about the big reveal from Google in the form of not one, but two new Nexii (both of them huge, in more ways than one), and we’ll also touch on Apple’s lower-key iPad Air 2 unveiling (while doing our best to avoid making Dad jokes). Plus, we’ll hit up the Listener Mail inbox as usual to hear the latest insight and feedback from your very own mouths. Fingers. Keystrokes. Whatever.

If that’s the kind of talk that vibrates your silicon, then welcome: you’re among friends. Join us for Pocketnow Weekly 118 below –either through the live video stream at 2:00pm Eastern (click here for your local time), or the high-quality audio version available later on– and shoot your questions to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com for a shot at getting your question read aloud on the air. See you then!

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October 17, 2014



Michael Fisher

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Brad Molen (Engadget)

Florence Ion (Greenbot)




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Galaxy Note 4 Review Roundtable


galaxy note 4 s pen

We sit down with some of the sharpest tacks in mobile to talk about Samsung’s latest supercharged smartphone, the device we called the “consummate phablet,” the Galaxy Note 4. Pull out your S Pen and take some notes as we run down the Note 4’s pluses and minuses, and if you’re listening live, be sure to submit your own questions via Q&A: this roundtable also serves as this week’s “Gadgets in Hand” segmnt. Then, after the podcast, check out all three of our reviews to see if you agree with our conclusions!

Galaxy Note 4 review: if you want a phablet, you want this (Pocketnow)

Galaxy Note 4 review: the best big-screen phone you can buy right now (Engadget)

Galaxy Note 4 review: Samsung finally listens to its fans, and it pays off (Greenbot)





Motorola Nexus 6 goes official, the newest stock Android Google phone

Google officially unveils Nexus 9, an 8.9-inch Android powerhouse

Oppo N3 camera to be 16MP with bigger 1/2.3 inch sensor

Apple introduces the crazy-thin iPad Air 2

Apple announces the iPad mini 3

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review: a small phone that packs a big punch


Dial F for Fail


blackphone security

A segment from our top news wrangler about injustice, misdeeds, and general foolishness within the mobile industry. Today’s topic: “Smartphone companies: fighting the good (?) fight” – a look at encryption, privacy, tax loopholes, and right-vs-wrong in the mobile space (featuring stories from PCMag and LATimes).


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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!
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