Pocketnow Weekly 092: Galaxy S5 vs HTC M8, Windows Phone 8.1 review, and Engadget’s Brad Molen!

Skipping listener mail for two weeks in a row? We know, we know … unconscionable. But we also know you’ll forgive us in exchange for two things: a packed review schedule, and an awesome podcast guest.

We’re bringing you both of those as the week winds down to a close. In addition to the usual news segment narrated by the soothing voice of Chief News Editor Stephen Schenck, we’ve got additional insights on Samsung’s new Galaxy S5: how it compares to its forebears, how well it fares against competition like the HTC One M8, and a debate on the merits of standout features like the fingerprint scanner and immersion resistance – all of it flavored with the unique perspective only Engadget’s Brad Molen can provide.

We also talk a lot about Windows Phone 8.1 and its place in the season’s smartphone landscape, before briefly touching on the Oppo Find 7a – the only real reason Taylor Martin has for being on this particular episode. In retrospect, maybe we should have left him alone to finish his comparison. Sorry, T.

All this, plus some of the weirdest outtakes ever to spill from our word-holes, on episode 092 of the Pocketnow Weekly! So fire up your favorite podcast app and get to downloading: Mister Phone Wisdom is here, and he doesn’t like to be kept waiting.

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Pocketnow Weekly episode 092

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Android (00:06:21)

Samsung teases new form factor for next Galaxy Note

Galaxy S5 Zoom teased to launch April 29 as Galaxy K

One PlusOne sales to be invite only

Phillips W6618: the smartphone with the tablet battery

Google to let you unlock your laptop with your smartphone

The new Google Camera app: finally, stock Android’s shooter stops sucking

Facebook introduces nearby-friends alerts


iOS (00:42:31)

iPhone 6 front panel leaked?

Apple and Shazam working to bring song identification to iOS?

Marissa Mayer in negotiations to make Yahoo the default iOS search engine?



Feature: Galaxy S5 vs HTC M8, Windows Phone 8.1


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Windows Phone 8.1 review discussion

(Pocketnow Review)

(Engadget Review)


Samsung Galaxy S 5: versus the competition, versus its predecessors

(Pocketnow comparison: Galaxy S5 vs HTC M8)

(Engadget Review)




The Pocketnow Weekly’s transition music (the track used between its News and Feature segments on some episodes) is a track called “Radiation” from the talented Ali Spagnola.

You may recognize the tune as one of the preloaded ringtones from your Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, or Nexus 4 – but it’s a real song, from a real album. You can download that album, along with many others, at Ali’s website here, or visit her YouTube page here!

Thanks for listening!

Tune in again next week!

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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!