My mention of Samsung’s navigation button order being “wrong” in the previous post seems to have sparked quite the conversation over which order people prefer. Of course, when that happens, a poll must follow, thus the existence of this follow-up post.
So let’s decide once and for all! Do you prefer the back button to be on the left, where Google, creator of the platform that all Android phones are built upon, has placed it and where almost everyone other Android OEM places it, or should the back button go on the right, where Samsung, king of smartphone makers who (rightfully) laughs at all who question its decisions, puts it?
Left or right. You must choose.
We have two new smartwatches from LG hitting the market this week, the Watch Sport and Watch Style. Both come with Android Wear 2.0, but each carries quite a different design — one is more sporty (hence the Sport name), while one is, forgive my choice of words, but generic looking.
The Sport is rather large, featuring a 1.38″ Circle POLED display with silicone band, while the Watch Style is a tad smaller, measuring in with a 1.2″ Circle POLED display and also coming with a range of different silicone and leather bands. Unlike the Sport, though, users can swap bands very easily on the Style, thanks to Google’s MODE bands.
Both watches feature a Snapdragon Wear processor, with the Sport coming with 768MB of RAM and the Style having 512MB. Battery sizes also differ – Sport features a 430mAh battery and the Style features a 240mAh battery. Also of note, the Sport comes with NFC and LTE connectivity, while the Style does not. A full list of specs can be viewed here.
For price, the Sport will cost you $349 through Google (varies at carrier stores), while the Style is $249.
So, which one are you picking up?
Just over a year ago, we asked you all if you were using the fingerprint reader on your phone. Thankfully, a solid 60% of you said “Yes!” that you are. Unfortunately, the other 40% either did not have a fingerprint reader on their phone or just flat out said, “No.” That’s disappointing, only because fingerprint readers offer convenient security, in that they enable you to lock down your phone should you misplace it, yet still easily access its contents in seconds. It’s one of those features that is a no-brainer in terms of using.
So now that another year has passed and most phones seem to have launched with a fingerprint reader on either a front chin or backside, we wanted to ask again. Do you use the fingerprint reader on your phone? If not, please, please, please explain why.
Word has slowly slipped out through media channels that Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon 835 processor may not make it into the first wave of flagships for 2017. In fact, an HTC exec already said in an interview that we shouldn’t expect any of the phones coming to Mobile World Congress at the end of February to have the 835, but that they are all likely to have the slightly older Snapdragon 821 from the end of 2016. Multiple reports have now suggested the same for LG’s G6.
We talked quite a bit about this topic on yesterday’s DL Show, but wanted to address it here as well. Basically, we want to know if the lack of a Snapdragon 835 in a new 2017 flagship is a dealbreaker for you?
To me, I don’t know that it is because the 821 is very good and the 835 may not even be offering that big of a performance boost, though we are fully expecting Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 line to launch with an 835. That’s a problem for other companies struggling to rise to former glory. It’s hard enough to compete with the marketing budget of Samsung, but nerds often care about the finer details like specs, and processor seems to rank up there as an important one.
So you tell us – is the lack of a Snapdragon 835 in a 2017 flagship a dealbreaker?
It’s a new year, meaning we have new flagship devices for the first half of 2017 to look forward to! If I’m not mistaken, we should be seeing the next big launches from Samsung, LG, and HTC rather soon, so we’d like to gauge which company’s flagship you’re most looking forward to.
For Samsung, the Galaxy S8 will be the first major launch since the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, so if you ask me, they’ve got to bring the heat. The LG G6 is expected to ditch the G5’s modularity, so that has me interested. And, as you may have seen, I recently posted up what I’d like to see from HTC, but it’s looking like they aren’t listening to me (courage aka headphone jack).
We also have devices from Moto (mid-2017), Sony (who knows exactly when), and other OEM (Huawei, Honor, ZTE, etc.) launches to look forward to. It should be a really exciting first half of 2017 for Android fans.
Before we tell you what our pick for Android phone of the year (POTY) is, we want to hear from you first.
In 2016, we saw a ton of great devices released from a large assortment of makers, making this quite a unique list. To give you an example of that, the ZTE-made Axon 7 will be found, the first time a ZTE phone has even be a contender in the POTY category.
Naturally, all the big names are here, too, including the latest from Moto, Samsung, HTC, and LG. However, you will see that the Galaxy Note 7 is not listed, you know, because of the recall. And if you think we totally botched this and are missing the best option, feel free to vote “Other” and let us know int he comments.
Kellen swears by Inbox. He loves it. All those features like bundling, snoozing and link saving, he can’t get enough of it. For me, I enjoy the basic, “it just works” approach to Gmail. Why fix what isn’t broken, am I right?
Our question to you is, should you be using Google’s email service, which do you prefer? Inbox or Gmail? If you love Inbox, I would love to know why. If you prefer the antiquated feel of Gmail, let’s fist bump.
Let us know!
Here’s a simple Yes or No question for you. Does your smartphone need a headphone jack? With news surfacing that Samsung may soon be ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of USB Type-C and all that courage bullsh*t, it’s time we discover just how important the headphone jack is.
For me personally, I use the headphone jack on my phone daily, so long as the phone I’m currently using features one. I have used the LeEco Pro 3 and Moto Z, so I’m used to having to go the Bluetooth and adapter route, but it isn’t all that great. Given this experience, I’m leaning towards “Yes” for headphone jacks.
What do you think? Yay or nay for the headphone jack?