Horrible sickness. Missed flights. Broken promises from major airlines. Desert air-induced hacking. A too-late arrival followed by a too-early departure.

That’s just a partial list of the challenges faced by the four-man three-man Pocketnow team at 2014’s International CES in Vegas, easily one of the most difficult trade shows we’ve ever done. But while the road was rough, the payoff was (mostly) worth it: in exchange for our hardships, we were among the first to spend time with some of the world’s newest and hottest mobile gadgetry, and we did the best we could to share it with you in a timely fashion.

Now that we’re all back home and recovering, it’s time to take a deeper, more-relaxed dive into our CES 2014 experience. While we’re still sick and one of our microphones is still three time zones away (thanks, American air carriers!), we’ve still decided to come together, under the capable supervision of stand-in host Jaime Rivera, to talk Samsung, Sony, Huawei, Pebble … and even a surprise or two from ZTE! So crack open your NyQuil and put on those ratty old sweatpants; the Pocketnow Weekly is here, as always, to ease you into the weekend with a soothing session of mobile-tech talk (and more than a few off-color jokes).

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Pocketnow Weekly Episode 078

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Michael Fisher

Jaime Rivera

Taylor Martin


Podcast Rundown


Announcements (00:02:46)

stitcher awards

You’ve nominated us for a Stitcher Award; now we need your votes to win!


Wearables (00:10:43)

Pebble announces new Pebble Steel

Pebble Steel hands-on (Video)

Pebble Steel apps: hands-on (Video)

LG Lifeband Touch hands-on (Video)


Samsung (00:33:52)

Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 vs Galaxy Note 10.1 (Video)

Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 vs iPad mini vs Nexus 7 (Video)

Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 hands-on (Video)

Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4, 10.1, 12.2 hands-on (Video)


Sony (00:45:15)

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact: hands-on (Video)

Sony Xperia Z1S: hands-on (Video)


ZTE (00:53:03)

ZTE Nubia 5s: hands-on (Video)

ZTE Grand S II: hands-on (Video)

ZTE Iconic Phablet: hands-on (Video)


Huawei (01:00:12)

Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G Hands-on (Video)


Listener Mail (01:08:54)

We answer questions from Twitter users @DeathMetalMods, @AH_Mark, and @posamkata; a query from Facebook user Xander Weston; and listener mail from Martin CouttsRytis Vitėnas, and Imran Ahmad!

(And finally, a misc link to Taylor Martin’s Windows Phone editorial for listener mail context.)


Thanks for listening, everyone!

Tune in next week for more!

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