Sometimes, you push obligations back for too long and they just pile up, week after week after week, until they never get done. Well, when we started the Pocketnow Weekly technology podcast just over one year ago, we decided that listener mail -your mail- was going to be a big part of it, and it’s consistently added flavor to the show. But the last few weeks have been so packed with news that we’ve been forced to neglect our listener mailbag – much to the justified consternation of some of our loyal writers-in.

So today, we’re finally making good on a long-held debt: we’re devoting an entire episode of our mobile podcast to answering your questions! To do that, we’ve assembled the biggest podcasting team in Pocketnow Weekly history, beating our previous record of four hosts and cooking up a veritable stew of mobile-tech knowledge crafted to vanquish even the most specific mobile technology knowledge-hunger. This team includes everyone from veteran Android Guy Joe Levi to new-dude Adam Doud, and features a special late-in-the-game appearance from everyone’s favorite Honduran, Jaime Rivera. Of course, Taylor Martin is here as usual to crush every segue in sight, and Stephen Schenck joins us as well for what may be his last Pocketnow appearance ever, depending on whether Brandon Miniman forgives him for his zinger of a lead-in joke.

All that, plus a hat-tip to a funny remix video in the Pocketnow Forums and an unplanned excursion into Pocketnow Insider territory, after the break. So saddle up and lock’n’load: the longest-ever edition of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast is here to fuse your emotion chip into your neural net. Send feedback, questions, and requests to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com. Follow us on TwitterFacebook, and Google Plus to stay apprised of the latest episodes. Thanks for listening!


Pocketnow Weekly Episode 056

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Michael Fisher

Joe Levi

Jaime Rivera

Stephen Schenck

Taylor Martin

Adam Doud


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Listener Mail

Jesse Anderson asks about what smartphone he should choose when he returns from deployment, raising the merits of the HTC One, Galaxy S 4, and Lumia 1020

Gabriel Gagne asks about the wisdom of leaving iOS for Android as he debates ditching the iPhone 5 for the Galaxy S 4

Kristian Calderon (a.k.a. sKratchin Technology) asks whether it’s possible to replace the A5 CPU in his iPhone 4S with an A6

Ratchanon Charoensettasilp wonders just why it is than few OEMs can hold a candle to the iPhone in terms of camera quality

Prasad Yeluru solicits our thoughts on the Ubuntu Edge, and makes a request for a longer podcast which we’re all too happy to grant

Robert Schleier, writing from Norway, asks about the future (if any) for satellite phones

William Li looks at the state of DSLR and point-and-shoot technology, and wonders what place Samsung’s Galaxy Camera has in the landscape

Shireef Lamikey wants to believe the Nexus 4 will still be a viable device when he buys a smartphone soon, and asks us to weigh in on Android obsolescence

Zack Schmiesing wonders whether he should spring for an extended warranty when he snaps up a new Nexus 7, and inspires us to discuss the state of tech insurance and warranty coverage in general

Tanner Francom is replacing a second-generation iPod Touch with a smartphone, and wants to know if he should wait for Snapdragon 800 devices to become more prevalent first

Jonathan Michael drops a heap of questions on our doorstep, but we take one and run with it: what’s next in terms of battery life, and how do current devices measure up to possible future power technology?

Alex from the Netherlands writes in to ask just how the Pocketnow team covers tech events, inspiring us to talk in-depth about the behind-the-scenes nature of technology reporting on an impromptu in-podcast installment of the Pocketnow Insider

Joseph Scheidler brings up an old favorite topic when he asks our opinions on the state of the retail electronics industry, which fuels Taylor’s and Michael’s nostalgia

Finally, in the wake of the Moto X review, new podcast listener Floris de Jong asks about Motorola’s attitude toward Europe: how it’s been in the past and whether it might change in the future.


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