iPhone wins big while Windows Phone runs on empty | Pocketnow Weekly 133 (Podcast)

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It’s a mighty fine month to be an iPhone, a pretty terrible one to be a Windows Phone, and an interesting one (as always) if you’re an Android. The first month of the new year brought equal parts delight and dismay for mobile users everywhere, and we’ll be talking about both ends of the spectrum –and covering the rest of the mobile tech news space– on today’s podcast.

We’re also putting in our public-service hours on today’s show by resurrecting a favorite segment from 2014. On this week’s Which Phone Should I Get, we talk everything from smartphone reading to smartphone photography, and toss out recommendations ranging from the mainstream to the super-niche in an effort to pair our listeners with exactly the right mobile hardware.

All of the above, plus Dial F for Fail and your usual bounty of listener mail, lies ahead; join us, won’t you? Pocketnow Weekly 133 is waiting for your participation –either through the live video stream at 1:00pm Eastern on January 29 (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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January 29, 2015



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Saygus reveals preorder pricing and early-adopted bonuses for V2 Android

Motorola leak might reveal second-gen Moto E

FTC makes TracFone refund millions over “unlimited” data false advertising


What Phone Should I Get?



Ryan Field wants the best camera he can find, and Jessica O’Donnell is hunting for a phone that she won’t have to hunt for (among other things). We’ll do our best to help both of them out in this week’s What Phone Should I Get?


Dial F for Fail


windows phone apps michael fisherA segment from our top news wrangler about injustice, misdeeds, and general foolishness within the mobile industry. Today’s topic concerns all the mobile banking you can(‘t) get done on a Windows Phone these days.

If you leave: why dropping an app is worse than never making one at all

Context: Chase ditches Windows Phone / BoA ditches Windows Phone


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E-mailed submissions from Uroš Tršan, Chris Austin, and Boyan Novakov




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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!