Pocketnow Weekly 042: HTC One-and-a-Half, Galaxy S 4 Octa, & Super-Cheap Windows Phones (Podcast)

Not all of us have read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, so not all of us were exactly qualified to make the lame joke that kicks off this week’s podcast. But we made it, and we stand behind it. Because as hundreds of fifth-rate “manufacturers” well know, sometimes you just have to fake it.

But we’re not talking about secondhand knockoff products in this episode of the Weekly. Rather, we get serious about octa-core comparisons, the till-recently-mythical HTC M4, the insanely cheap new Lumia out of Finland, and just how tired we are or aren’t of the Samsung Galaxy S 4. In between, we discuss special focus-after-the-fact Litro cameras, the possibilities for Apple’s next mobile OS, and we even manage to announce the start of a new series of Hangouts in there, as well.

All that, plus listener mail and some brutal Taylor Martin-style segue-trashing, await you – so grab your oxygen and report to the decompression chamber; the Pocketnow Weekly diving bell is about ready for splashdown. Send feedback, questions, and requests to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com. Follow us on TwitterFacebook, and Google Plus to stay apprised of the latest episodes. Thanks for listening!

Pocketnow Weekly Episode 042



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Michael Fisher

Brandon Miniman

Taylor Martin


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Announcements (00:01:05)

Galaxy S 4 Review

Announcing the Pocketnow U-Review!


Thought Thread (00:07:17)

HTC M4 Looks Like an HTC One Mini


Android (00:19:13)

HTC One vs HTC One: Camera Update Comparison

Galaxy S 4 Octa vs Quad

New Galaxy S 4 Breaks TecTiles

Has Anyone Actually Bought an HTC First?


Windows 8/Windows Phone 8 (00:47:35)

Nokia Lumia 521 Is Going To Be CRAZY Cheap

Nokia Schedules Lumia Event For Next Month

Microsoft Wants Your Help Making A Better Facebook App

Nokia Investing in Refocusable Light-Field Cameras



Google Now Arrives for iOS

What’s Changing in iOS 7?

No New Apple Hardware Till Fall?


Listener Mail (01:30:06)

Khalid Alswaya asks about the future prospects of devices like the Samsung Galaxy Camera, and William Li wonders why the iOS hacking community is lacking.



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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!