Pocketnow Weekly 062: iPhone launch day, Xperia Z1, Lumia 1520 & more

It’s iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s launch day, and we can’t think of a better way to commemorate the event than with a Pocketnow Weekly podcast. Actually, yes we can: it would be great to take a look back at Apple’s pre-iPhone days with the spectacular failure that was the Motorola “iTunes phone” of 2005 – fortunately, we already took care of that yesterday.

So we’ll discuss the MOTOROKR E1 a little bit on today’s Weekly, before delving in to the fresh new take on mobile software that Apple’s iOS 7 represents. Then we’ll revert back to twiddling our thumbs waiting for the UPS guy – but we’ll cover other happenings in mobile while we do so. Specifically, we’ll recount our experience with the new Sony Xperia Z1, our expectations for Cyanogen Inc, our thoughts on Nokia’s new Windows Phone phablet, and we’ll talk about whether BlackBerry Messenger on iOS and Android is worth anything, given the company’s current dire straits.

Sound like a good way to while away the hours between now and the official kick-off of the weekend? We thought so. Well, cut through the tape and peel away the protective packaging: Michael, Anton, and Taylor are waiting in the box with yet another installment of the Pocketnow Weekly mobile-technology podcast on this, the new iPhone launch day. Send feedback, questions, and requests to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com. Follow us on TwitterFacebook, Instagram, and Google 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. Join our forums to offer topic suggestions and more. And thanks for listening!

Pocketnow Weekly Episode 062



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Michael Fisher

Anton D. Nagy

Taylor Martin


Topic List


iOS (00:03:25)

The iPhone’s awful ancestor – Worst Gadgets Ever 004

iOS 7 GM walkthrough

Tips and Tricks for iOS 7


Android (00:35:22)

Sony Xperia Z1 unboxing

LG G2 review

CyanogenMod goes corporate, announces Cyanogen Inc


Windows Phone (00:57:01)

Eight weeks with Windows Phone 8: thoughts on the third OS

Nokia Lumia 1520 price, availability rumored for AT&T


BlackBerry (01:14:04)

BlackBerry announces Z30

BlackBerry may reduce workforce by 30%

BBM iOS, Android ports just days away


Listener Mail (01:27:26)

Roy Hartanto asks about our old phones, Taylor’s favorite battery app, and why it takes so long for some companies to execute on global roll-outs. Alex Ong wants to know who the winner would be in a Note 3-vs-Note 10-vs-iPad doodle-off, and Subin Acharya has an awesome question about saving battery life while reading books on an Android tablet – a question we hope you can help answer, because we don’t have a clue.

Thanks for listening!

Tune in next week for more!


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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!