iPhone gets the bends, Surface Mini gets teased, and fanboys get a forum | Pocketnow Weekly 115

Hating the iPhone is the new hating the Super Bowl champions. And if that’s not a thing that people do, well, sorry: I don’t get sports.

Point is, Apple’s new flagship just set a bevy of sales records –again– and seems poised to carry Apple through another successful year – again, again. So why do people hate the iPhone so much? We’ll touch on that before launching into the far more important discussion of just how these phones actually work in the real world, from our own experiences to the unfortunate souls who got “the bends.” All that in the show ahead, plus Android flip-phone news and a tantalizing peek at the Microsoft tablet that could have been!

If that’s the kind of podcast that bends your iPhone, then the Pocketnow Weekly is the show for you. Join us for Pocketnow Weekly 115 below – either through the unedited video stream at 2:15pm Eastern (click here for your local time), or the high-quality audio version (which is up now) – and shoot your questions to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com for a shot at getting your question read aloud on the air. Enjoy!


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September 26, 2014



Michael Fisher

Taylor Martin

Stephen Schenck

Brandon Miniman



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Brandon Miniman is back on the air, and when the man who come up with the Thought Thread asks to host one, you better give it to him with no questions asked. Join us as we shut up, sit down, and listen to the rumination of Pocketnow’s long-long great granddaddy – whatever he decides to talk about.


Apple iPhone 6 (P)review


iphone 6 vs galaxy s5

Michael, Stephen, and Brandon do their best to cope with the unexpected absence of Taylor Martin as they talk all things iPhone 6 (and 6 Plus) ahead of Pocketnow’s official review of each!





Record-setting Apple sales top 10M over the weekend

Apple delivers 8.0.2 to resolve 8.0.1 bugs

Apple looking into bent iPhones with “insane amount of detail,” may replace the damaged

Motorola “Shamu” pictured alongside LG G3?

Samsung Galaxy A-series pricing leaks

Samsung plunges 15% to a two-year low, says BusinessWeek

Surface Mini hands-on account describes the tablet we never got

The flip phone refuses to die: LG launches new Wine Smart Android


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Thanks for listening. See you 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!