Pocketnow Weekly 094: Fitness, Photography, and Fidelity with Myriam Joire!

Nimble hops between short subjects, or longform plumbing of deep depths? We don’t like to make you choose with our podcast, so we occasionally hop across formats between episodes. This here is one of the deeper variety.

This week’s special guest is Myriam Joire (aka tnkgrl), Engadget alum and current product evangelist at Pebble. She brings her considerable expertise in optics and audio to a discussion ranging from the best high-end headphones to buy (to help replicate the “special” acoustic experience promised by the Harman/Kardon HTC One M8) to what camera settings to use for capturing sea spray on your HTC One M8, to which smartphone to favor in the perennial Moto X vs Nexus 5 battle (Myriam favors the latter, which prompts some spirited debate).

All this, plus advice to an interested reader on how to get a foothold in the burgeoning world of tech blogging, and an announcement of our Nokia X giveaway winner, on episode 094 of the Pocketnow Weekly! So what’re you waiting for? Fire up your streamers and get to downloadin’, lest you be left behind by the great train of podcast progress.

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Pocketnow Weekly episode 094



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Michael Fisher

Taylor Martin



Myriam Joire (tnkgrl)



Podcast Rundown


Announcements (00:04:49)

Nokia X giveaway winner announced!

Moto X one-day sale happening right the heck now

HTC One M8 Harman Kardon edition in the house: help us test it


Thought Thread (00:33:13)

Hi guys, I listened to this week’s podcast and I kinda like it that way, besides who doesn’t have a truckers’ mouth moment in their life? Everyone gets pissed right. Enough of the ramblings, do you think that the next frontier in mobile tech is fitness and health or it will just go away just like 3D TVs and smartphones? I think there is a huge potential to this as part of the so-called internet of things. The GS5, despite of its shortcomings included a heart rate monitor. The entire Samsung Gear line up also has it and the iWatch is also rumored to be focused on fitness as Nike just killed the fuel band. The iPhone 5s also has an M7 coprocessor which is meant for fitness apps like Nike running which I use a lot. […] Keep up the good work and nice comparison of the Lumia Icon and GS5.

Jonathan Michael
Manila, Philippines

Android (00:46:07)

S Health review (Video)

Google Play Edition Galaxy S5 looks imminent

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom official: 20.7MP sensor, 10x optical zoom

Android Silver: Google’s plan to replace the Nexus line?

Motorola schedules launch event, says new handset will be “priced for all”

LG G3 arriving May 27, possibly with G Watch in tow


iOS (01:19:45)

iPhone 6 camera to support bigger pixels, electronic image stabilization?


Listener Mail (01:40:50)

We only had time for one listener mail piece this week, but it’s a good one: Jordan Shook asks how we all got our start in the crazy mobile-tech world. Taylor and Michael refer him to their respective autobiographies, but Myriam has a great step-by-step story of how she graduated from enthusiast to blogger to journalist to industry insider. Enjoy!



We were a bit share-happy on today’s audio-only show. Here’s some links so you can see what the deuce we were talking about.

Myriam’s Photos:

The Moon (GS4Zoom)

Burning Man 2013 (shot with Lumia 1020 & GS4Zoom)

Suspended-spray photo under the Golden Gate (shot with HTC One M8)




The Pocketnow Weekly’s transition music (the track used between its News and Feature segments on some episodes) is a track called “Radiation” from the talented Ali Spagnola.

You may recognize the tune as one of the preloaded ringtones from your Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, or Nexus 4 – but it’s a real song, from a real album. You can download that album, along with many others, at Ali’s website here, or visit her YouTube page here!

Thanks for listening!

Tune in again 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!