Smartphone giveaway, guest MKBHD, and the start of an all-new podcast! | Pocketnow Weekly 101 (Hangout)

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After 100 episodes of an award-winning mobile technology podcast done in the tried-and-true audio-only format, we think it’s about time to change things up. That’s why we’re eschewing the beautiful outdoors for sound booths and dark offices this June afternoon: so we can kick off the all-new Pocketnow Weekly in style! Episode 101 goes live today at 2pm with a new format courtesy of Google Hangouts, special guest Marques Brownlee, and a smartphone giveaway best described as huge (in more ways than one).

Fret not, loyal listeners: we’re not abandoning the best of the Pocketnow Weekly with our switch to video. Our streams and feeds will be unaffected –you’ll still be able to tune in to the audio portion of the show at all the same web destinations– and the podcast roster will continue sporting the same hosts you’ve come to know and tolerate love. The jump to video just means those who opt to watch us live will be able to see us as we pontificate on pocket-sized portables, as well as submit questions via Google’s handy Q & A app.

If you’re thinking that sounds an awful lot like the Pocketnow Live and Editorial Roundtable, you’re not wrong. But in addition to all the benefits of a live show, we’ll also have new segments to spice up our podcast: everything from guest spots to “defend your editorial” debates to a resurrection of the Pocketnow U-Review and Pocketnow Roundup, and much more!

If all that sounds like ten pounds of podcast in a five-pound bag, you’re not far off – so come help us keep the whole thing from blowing up in our face. Join us at 2pm for the all-new Pocketnow Weekly, and shoot questions to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com if you just can’t bear to wait for the Q&A. See you then!

Pocketnow Weekly 101


Recording Date

June 20, 2014



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Michael Fisher

Taylor Martin

Stephen Schenck



Marques Brownlee (MKBHD)


Podcast Rundown





Welcome to the new Pocketnow Weekly!

Introducing the 60-second smartphone review

Giveaway announcement: Win a Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G LTE from Pocketnow!





Samsung denies global plans for Quad-HD Galaxy S5 LTE-A (but there may be a loophole)

Amazon unveils its first smartphone, the Fire Phone (Explained by MKBHD)

T-Mobile launches Uncarrier 5.0

Nokia Z launcher: hands-on

Nokia reveals “smart trousers” for integrated Qi wireless charging, because why not?


Gadgets In Hand


A segment based on the Pocketnow U-Review where you get to ask us anything (via Hangouts Q&A) about any of the devices in our review inventory! This week’s focus devices are the Galaxy S5 Active and the LG G3. So pick a phone and ask away!


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What Phone Should I Get?


A segment devoted to answering the most often-asked question in our podcast inbox. This week’s submission comes to us from Jeff in Richmond VA, USA:  


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“Pull the trigger on the G3 when available, or wait to see what moto has coming for the moto x+1? Your show and site is the shiz!

-Jeff in Richmond Virginia”


Listener Mail


E-mailed submissions from Sainath MacharlaGreg Vogt, and Thomas Huffmaster

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!