Wednesday Poll: Would You Buy a Phone If It Lacked NFC?

The OnePlus 2 doesn’t have NFC, did you know that? Of course you did, because it’s all anyone can say in the comments when telling others why they aren’t buying one. OnePlus supposedly thinks that no one uses NFC, even though we are finally at a time where Apple has given in and begun using the tech to try and make mobile payments a major deal. OnePlus…they don’t care. Why include the tech when no one uses it?

(Because it probably costs pennies to include a damn NFC chip, that’s why. Add a freakin’ dollar to the price of your “flagship killer.” We’ll all pay to have a phone that isn’t crippled in the NFC department.)

Anyways, we are with most of you in that it seems quite ridiculous that OnePlus made an NFC decision for us based on who knows what kind of evidence of use. All I know, is that I like to make a mobile payment or two here or there and am disappointed that this phone, which should be incredible, won’t ever be able to.

So now we want to see votes. Would you buy a phone (could be any phone, not just the OnePlus 2) if it lacked NFC? What if the new Moto X or Galaxy Note 5 didn’t have NFC, would you still consider them?

Would You Buy a Phone If It Lacked NFC?

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Choose One: Moto X Pure Edition (2015) or OnePlus 2?

We have two new flagship phones to ponder this week, and it’s only Tuesday. Last night, relative newcomer OnePlus announced the OnePlus 2, with its 5.5″ FHD display, Snapdragon 810 processor, USB Type-C, and fingerprint reader, declaring it as the “2016 flagship killer.” Early this morning, we have veteran OEM Motorola, introducing the Moto X ‘Style’, branded as the Moto X Pure Edition for the US. It features a 5.7″ QHD display, Snapdragon 808 processor, and 21MP rear-facing camera.

Both phones are reasonably affordable, with zero carrier involvement needed to buy one. The OnePlus 2 starts at just $329, while the Moto X Pure Edition will retail for $399, with additional storage upgrades costing a bit more. In comparison to flagship phones from Samsung, this $300-$400 range is extremely tempting for buyers, as the idea of no two-year commitment on a carrier to even afford the device is quite promising.

Each phone offers a few software tweaks on top of stock Android 5.1.1, meaning there are no custom skins to be found. Again, this is great news for Android fans.

If you had to choose, for the sake of this poll, which device would you purchase?

Moto X Pure Edition (2015) or OnePlus 2?

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Question of the Day: Uncommon Apps You Use Regularly That Might Surprise Someone?

Forget all of the Google apps you use all day every day. Forget Instagram, Facebook, Hulu, the official Twitter app, ESPN, and Netflix. In today’s question of the day, we want to know about all of the other apps you use on a regular basis – the uncommon apps, the third party alternatives, and those that may surprise someone.

It could be a mail alternative like Mailbox because you don’t like Gmail. Or maybe you hate Google Photos, so you use QuickPic. Since the official Twitter app is a confusing pile of meh, I can imagine that plenty of you use a Twitter alternative – which one do you use? Is there a particular file manager that you have settled into? What about a fitness tracker?  (more…)

Wednesday Poll: LG or Huawei Nexus?

Even though absolutely nothing has been confirmed, the world is pretty set on there being two Nexus phones this year – one from LG and another from Huawei. We have codenames for each – “bullhead” as the LG phone, “angler” as the Huawei phone – along with countless reports all claiming to know the details of each. Well, the Huawei reports are everywhere. We have yet to hear much on the LG front.

Still, the hype is real right now. People can’t stop thinking about the next Nexus phone(s).

At this time, the Huawei Nexus is thought to be the bigger of the two, with a 5.7-inch QHD display and premium body. The LG Nexus is a mystery, but we all hope it is somehow a 2015 version of the original Nexus 5, which would be a smallish phone by today’s standards, yet fully welcomed in a world full of whales.

We want to know for today’s poll, which would you most like to see/buy/molest? Would you go LG Nexus or Huawei Nexus?

LG or Huawei Nexus?

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Wednesday Poll: Sound, Vibrate, or Silent?

You can tell a lot about a person by the volume status of their phone. OK, I just made that up, but I am curious as to how everyone typically keeps there phone when it comes to volume settings. An internal polling of the DL crew showed varying results, with some going sound-on all of the time, while the rest were split between full silence and vibrate-only.

So today’s poll is simple – sound, vibrate, or silent?

Sound, Vibrate or Silent?

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Tuesday Poll: What’s the Perfect Smartphone Display Size?

Last year, we posed this same question, asking which display size our community preferred. Taking a look at the results, we find that the majority of our readers prefer a 4.6″-5″ display, with the aforementioned range dominating the field at 55%.

Interestingly enough, we asked that question before the release of Shamu, aka the Nexus 6, with its 6″ display. Now, with that device and other phones available with monstrous-sized displays, we should see a different outcome to the same question, given that we surely do have a few Nexus fans here.

As for me personally, I like an easily manageable 5″ display size. If I need something more, I’ll just grab a tablet. I don’t want to stretch my fingers anymore than I have to.

For this poll, select your preferred display size range, then comment below with your perfect size. If you see your size posted already in the comments, vote it up.

What’s the Perfect Smartphone Display Size?

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Wednesday Poll: Who is Your Current Wireless Carrier?

It’s that time of year again, where we check-in to see which wireless carrier you are all currently signed up with.

When we asked this same question almost a year ago, 60% of you were still with Verizon, while T-Mobile had managed to attract almost 20% of the community. AT&T, Sprint, and various prepaid options made up the other 20% or so. With T-Mobile still making Uncarrier moves, AT&T attempting to copy match them offer-by-offer, and a variety of prepaid options posting insanely good monthly deals, we want to know if Verizon is still holding onto your business.

After voting, be sure to tell us why you are where you are. Is it all about coverage? Pricing? What?

Who is Your Current Wireless Carrier?

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Monday Poll: Android Fans – Are You Considering a Switch to Apple Music?

Apple Music is official and coming to Android. For die-hard Android users like those who hang out here at DL all day, every day, you are for the first time, going to have a choice of a new service that involves Apple that won’t force you to leave Android. That’s kind of nuts if you think about it.

So here is the question – are you now considering a switch to Apple Music when it launches this Fall? Some of you may be asking back, “Why would we do that?” For a couple of a reasons. If you look at the entire service, Apple Music may not be all that terrible, other than the fact that it’s Apple who is controlling it.

For example, the music library that Apple has access to is easily the best in the business. From exclusive albums or tracks to early pre-orders and releases, no one has as many as Apple. No one gets everything first, like Apple does. Beyond that, Apple is allowing you to sign-up up to six members of your family with Apple Music for just $14.99. Individual subscriptions at almost every other music service will run you $9.99. Apple’s is also $9.99 individually, but think how much money you will save by letting the whole family in for a total of $14.99? And that way, you don’t have to share your Google account between devices, like my wife and I do to both access our Google Music subscription. Finally, if you look at that screenshot, Apple seems to have followed Android’s app design guidelines as well. This doesn’t just seem like an iOS port – they may have actually cared about the experience.

Tell us, are you considering the switch toe Apple Music? If so, why?

Are You Considering a Switch to Apple Music?

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