Pocketnow Weekly 064: Samsung benchmark cheating, iPhone 5S & Galaxy Note 3 review

Fingerprint scanners are all well and good, but what happens when someone decides to lift that print for his own nefarious purposes? Benchmark results are important to some folks out there, but what good are they when major manufacturers repeatedly cheat the system? And the rumored HTC One Max looks to be a beast of a device … but what exactly it being built to compete with?

Those are the highlights from the news of the week and letters from the listener mailbag for the week ending October 4, 2013. All that -plus Brandon Miniman’s first thought thread in quite some time- awaits you in the long span ahead on episode 064 of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. So strap your smartwatches on, because the three-man team of Michael, Brandon, and Taylor is ringing your wrist to let you know the wearable revolution is here, and it’s weird. 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 064



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Michael Fisher

Brandon Miniman

Taylor Martin



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Thought Thread (00:04:51)

Samsung Galaxy Gear: pointless stunt, or foundation for a future?

iOS (00:20:57)

iPhone 5S review

Apple recruits Nike Fuel Band designer – for iWatch?

Apple iWatch could be first flexible-screen smart watch

One price doesn’t fit all: a cost breakdown of the top platforms


Android (00:41:00)

Galaxy Note 3 review

Galaxy Note 3 (AT&T) unboxing

Galaxy Note 3 caught cheating at benchmarks

Android gets fingerprint-based payment system

Beats Audio still planned for upcoming HTC models


MF’s Random Interjection

The best password ever is the “password from hell.”


Windows (01:19:17)

Nokia tablet gets FCC certification

Microsoft talks need for focus on low-end going forward

Is Windows Phone a threat to iOS?


Listener Mail (01:26:16)

Andrejs Zavertjajevs: How good an idea is fingerprint scanning, really?

Christopher Drummer: I’d pay for Google apps on Windows Phone. Why don’t they exist?

Nathan Bramwell: Who’s the HTC One Max competing with?


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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!