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?
2016 is quickly wrapping up and that means that phone manufacturers aren’t necessarily planning to show off anything new for a while. The next wave of phone releases likely won’t happen until the end of Q1 next year. So, there is a pretty good chance you have purchased a phone this year and have settled in as we await the arrival of what’s next.
For today’s question, we simply want to know – what is your current phone? If you want, feel free to talk about why your current phone is the phone you decided on. Let’s the hear the good and the bad, how long you plan to keep it, etc. You hear us rant about all of this stuff, so now it’s your turn.
Android tablets. Over the years, it seems companies aren’t producing them as much as they used to, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are on the decline. However, there hasn’t been that many major Android tablet releases lately, with exception to the Pixel C from last year. Beyond that, it appears Google is really focusing on bringing Android and Android applications to Chromebooks, a part of the company’s ecosystem that seems to be doing quite well.
That leads us to today’s poll question: Are you currently using an Android tablet?
Personally, the last time I touched a tablet was when the Pixel C first came out. After using it for about a week, I realized that Android on a bigger screen isn’t all that exciting. Sure, it has its uses, like better media consumption, but nothing truly invigorating is being brought to the table. With Android N and multi-window support, things are getting better, but there’s still not enough to make me use one often.
Answer the question, then let us know the reasoning behind that decision.
This morning, shortly after Samsung announced that it had permanently ended the life of the Galaxy Note 7, we shared with you a handful of phones that would be solid replacements. While none can fully match the feature set of the Galaxy Note 7 (How sad is that, by the way?), deciding on something new is a given at this point, because there are legitimate safety concerns over the Note ownership. Keeping it is probably not in anyone’s best interest.
At the end of that recommendation post, we asked for you to weigh in on what you thought would be a good replacement. Obviously, not everyone is going to agree with the choices we laid out, but since a number of people have continued to ask us, we figured it was time for a poll. So, let’s do this – which phone would you choose after the Galaxy Note 7?
The smartphone release cycle is pretty set in stone these days. We know that Samsung brings us a new Galaxy S towards the end of Q1, followed by launches from LG and HTC. We know that Motorola then shows up in the summer, while the Galaxy Note arrives end of summer, just before iPhones and Google’s phones. LG now seems to want to finish off the year with a V-series phone as well. In between all of that, Huawei is trying to find a good spot to get phones in your face, as is OnePlus and some other upstart brands.
All of that means you probably have a pretty good idea when you want to upgrade because you probably already know which manufacturers to keep an eye on. What we want to know – something we haven’t asked in a year – is how often you actually do upgrade to new phones during the yearly cycle? Do you have cash to blow and upgrade whenever you want a new phone? Are you a 2-year adventurer? Or do you fall somewhere in between 2-year upgrades and whenever the hell you feel like it?