New York City is a fine place to sneak a peek at some unreleased devices, and that’s just what we did this week with the LG G3 event (streamed from London to an airy presentation room in a Chelsea skyscraper) and AT&T’s ASUS PadFone X announcement (held on a posh rooftop lounge near the Flatiron). At one of those events, Daniel Bader of MobileSyrup was our seat neighbor, so we thought we’d invite him on this week’s podcast to discuss the more globally significant of these high-profile launches.

Join us as we share our impressions of the LG G3: how it stands on its own and how well it will or won’t be able to compete against other smartphones on the market. Then stick around to hear how our minds are blown, not just by the ASUS PadFone X’s dual citizenship as a smartphone and a tablet, but by its insanely low price tag. Stay till the end and you’ll hear our thoughts on the surprise of the week: AT&T’s new Galaxy S5 Active.

All that, plus a sneak peek at some forthcoming changes to the podcast and a healthy helping of outtakes, await you on episode 098 of the Pocketnow Weekly. Send feedback, questions, and requests to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com. Follow us on TwitterFacebookInstagramGoogle Plus  to stay apprised of the latest episodes. Tell your friends about the show so we don’t have to do a telethon to stay on the air. And thanks for listening!

Pocketnow Weekly episode 098

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Michael Fisher

Stephen Schenck



Daniel Bader (MobileSyrup)




LG G3 vs the world: our take on the South Korean giant’s newest Android flagship


LG G3 vs Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8 (Size Comparison)

LG G3: hands-on with the 2K Android

LG Quick Circle case hands-on: the future is round

LG G3 pricing hinted at in contest details



ASUS Padfone X ATT


Android (00:55:51)

ASUS PadFone X AT&T hands-on (Video)

AT&T launches Galaxy S5 Active, available today

HTC confirms One M8 Ace as page goes live for this “fashion” smartphone

Android Wear demoed on LG G Watch

LG G Watch to work independently of companion phone?

Google shows off Android Wear notifications

New wireless charging chip could end format war


iOS (01:25:08)

Apple getting serious about wireless charging?

Apple goes official with Beats deal: $3B purchase price

WWDC livestream to be available on multiple platforms


Windows (01:35:38)

Obi Mobile to launch first Windows Phone





It may just sound like a ringtone to you, but our transition music track (“Radiation”) is a real song, from a real album, by a real artist: Ali Spagnola. You can download that album, along with many others, at Ali’s website here, visit her YouTube page here, and follow her on Twitter here!

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