Update: Our Lumia 950 review is now up. Go check that out down below and then come back here for the final word on Microsoft’s latest mobile flagship. Enjoy the weekend!

Microsoft might be getting the last word in our review queue for 2015. But that also means that we’ll be getting the last word on it. We’ve gone through the Continuum experience and have held Windows 10 Mobile with all 10 of our fingers. And by “we,” it’s not just Michael Fisher. Vernon E.L. Smith of the MS Mobile Show podcast joins us to make light work of the Lumia 950.

You’ll have your chance to nominate which smartphone will be your daily driver of the year — for the next two years. Plus, all the RAM, Panos and soap you can handle in the news and some mail from viewers like you are on the way, too. Time to flip the switch, crank the bulbs up and shine on — this is the Pocketnow Weekly.

Watch the video broadcast from 1:00pm Eastern on December 4 (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version later on. 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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Today’s episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast is made possible by:

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As a company, TCS handles up to 670 billion messages per year. That’s an average of 1.8 billion messages per day! Their CMC REST API allows you to send messages for alerts, reminders, and order updates. You can also use it to send SMS marketing campaigns to drive app downloads or to increase user engagement. The REST API allows you to perform messaging functions such as: sending, receiving and scheduling messages, securing delivery receipts, and creating groups and contacts.

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Lumia 950: Enlightenment


Lumia 950 Mozo 5

Our review of the Lumia 950 is all but right here, and while we’ve talked a lot about the new Windows flagship over the past few weeks, we think it deserves a final summary analysis. We have Vernon E.L. Smith on the show today to trade notes and shoot the breeze coming in from those Windows (10 Mobile).

Context: Delays in the UK Indian launch, Display Docks | Continuum: what it is and what it isn’t




Surface Phone concept

Surface Phone, meet Panos Phone

Andy Rubin ready to return to the smartphone business?

“… sporting a Snapdragon 830 with the typical 8GB of RAM …”

ZTE Nubia Z11 readied for both US and China

Xiaomi Mi 4 owners can now officially download Windows 10

A Huawei-made Nexus 7? What about the Pixel C?

For $70, the Remix Mini puts Android in desktop form

And now, your moment of Zen


Listener Mail



E-mailed submissions from Joseph, Daan, and SvenPlus, we’ll address the daily driver that you would choose to run the next two years of your life.

See you next time!

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