When we talk about the differences in Android vs. iOS, someone almost always brings up one of Android’s strengths over its counterpart as being “widgets.” Sure, iOS claims to have widgets, but they are really just panels of info in their notification shade, not actual, living, breathing, widgets on home screens like we have on Android. So with that in mind, we want to know what widgets you are currently using or always include on a home screen with each new launcher or phone. We are well aware that there are some great options out there from some of the best apps around that we more than likely aren’t taking advantage of.
For me personally, I keep things pretty minimal. I tend to fall back on a Zooper Widget skin that is constantly changing depending on my mood, the Google Search box, and a calendar widget from Sunrise. I feel like I’m missing out, though. Tim does too. You might feel like you aren’t fully taking advantage of your phone’s widget capabilities either.
So, we would love to know which widgets live on your home screens. And if you would like, feel free to include screenshots.
The day after HTC and Samsung each took the stage at MWC to announce their new phones, we asked which of them you would most likely buy. The poll could not have been clearer – only a quarter of you are at all interested in picking up the HTC One M9. Today’s question of the day wants to know why that is. Why aren’t you buying the HTC One M9? And if you were one of the 25% who is planning to, what are you seeing in the M9 that convinced you that it should be in your pocket?
Is it the safe play with the phone’s design? Did HTC fail to address your concerns from the One M8? Are you worried about the Snapdragon 810? Maybe HTC didn’t need to change anything from last year’s phone? Maybe, just maybe, HTC improved enough on the M8, a phone that you already thought was the best phone ever made? Or perhaps it all has to do with Samsung blowing your mind with the S6 and S6 Edge? You could also just really love your current phone and don’t need to upgrade.
You tell us.
Few would argue that the new Samsung phones, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, are not massive upgrades over last year’s Galaxy S5. You could also argue that Samsung made almost all of the right moves with these phones in order to help them re-establish their dominance in the smartphone game after a terrible 2014. I say almost, because a number of our readers have made it clear that they are extremely disappointed to see three key features missing in this year’s flagship line-up – a microSD card slot, waterproofing, and a removable battery.
It’s more than likely that Samsung will defend these disappearances through talk of the 128GB option for storage hungry folk and the quick charging capabilities of each to fix battery worries. But what about the lack of waterproofing? And what about the bloated price we will surely see in the jump from 32GB to 64GB and 128GB. Or what about the person who doesn’t have the option to quick charge a phone, but could use a swappable battery in a pinch?
You tell us – are these missing features dealbreakers? If so, feel free to rank them by level of importance in the comments.
It’s time, time to decide which of the new devices from MWC you are most interested in or excited about. HTC gave us the One M9, a safe device that is a lot like last year’s One (M8), except it has a 20MP camera on the back, more powerful processor inside, UltraPixel camera in the front, and some cute new software features built into Sense 7. Samsung, on the other hand, didn’t play it safe at all. They gave us two phones, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, both of which push the limits of smartphone technology. Almost everything crammed into the Galaxy S6 and its slanted brother is new smartphone technology never used before.
Each phone arrives within the next two months, but if you had to pick today, which one are you going with?
Both the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 are going to be unveiled this Sunday, at dueling press events in Barcelona, Spain. The Galaxy S6 is still mostly a mystery, meaning, we haven’t seen the device in the wild at all. Samsung has become a pro at keeping its flagship devices under lock and key up until they are ready for public consumption. HTC, on the other hand, is pretty terrible at keeping anything a secret. Well, that’s assuming they aren’t pulling off the ultimate troll job with the current batch of leaks that have sprung up throughout the last few weeks.
So far, though, we think we know that the Galaxy S6 will use an Exynos processor instead of the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 that will be featured in the HTC One M9. Each will likely have displays around 5-inches, but Samsung could go with a QHD resolution and an AMOLED panel, whereas HTC will stick with 1080p and LCD. The HTC One M9 might look identical to last year’s One (M8), sans the Duo Camera gimmick. The Galaxy S6, well, we have no idea what it looks like, only that it will be made of metal and glass. Each will feature high resolution cameras, upgraded selfie-shooters, and their own skins atop Android. Both, by all means, will be outstanding flagships, even if one might look like a re-hash of a 2014 phone.
With all of the current leaks in mind, our poll today only asks that you pick which one you are currently leaning towards. Maybe not necessarily to buy, but which is the most interesting to you as of today.
I know my pick. I think I know Tim’s pick as well. What is yours?
While the amount of paid applications available on Google Play continues to grow, it is very apparent that the quality is also moving forward with great strides. Today on Google Play, we have video games that were available on consoles just a few years ago, such as the Grand Theft Auto series, and even Portal.
With the entrance of better apps and games, prices have also seen a rise. Not every app costs a $1, and if you want quality software for your smartphone, you have to be willing to shell out some cash. In addition, developers and publishers alike are adopting micro transactions (aka in-app purchases) to bring in more revenue from their titles.
Our question today is, how much money have you spent on apps and in-app purchases? (more…)
Last year, right around this time, we asked our community which OEM they would like to see create the next Nexus device in partnership with Google. With 42% of the vote, Motorola was the landslide victor. Now here we are in 2015, with likely quite a few of you sitting at a desk with a Motorola-made Nexus 6 by your side. Funny how things work out, yes?
So, to keep up with the opinions and views of our readers, we would like to ask you the exact same question, one year later. Now that most major OEMs have had their shot at creating a Nexus device, all but Sony, which OEM would you like to make the next Nexus device?
Did Motorola do such a good job on the Nexus 6 that you would like them to do another? Is it Samsung’s turn to give it another shot? And what about HTC and its Nexus 9 tablet? Did HTC do such a good job with that tablet hardware that they have earned your trust for another Nexus smartphone? Or, just maybe, is it Sony’s turn in 2015?
More importantly, and something we have all probably thought about, but what about the name? We have had the Nexus One, Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and now Nexus 6. But we can’t have a Nexus 7 smartphone in 2015, since that already exists in tablet form. What is Google going to do there? Your guess is as good as ours.
Throw your thoughts down below on who should make it and what it should be called.
I think it’s safe to say that battery tech is about 45 years behind everything else in our smartphones. Our processors keep getting more efficient and powerful. Our displays suck less juice while their resolutions and sizes grow. Our cameras pick up more detail yet aren’t increasing in overall size. But batteries – nope. The only way to increase the single-charge life in a battery, is to make the battery bigger. We aren’t seeing more efficient batteries or battery sizes shrink because they somehow pack more juice into a smaller body. No sir, batteries in smartphones are still complete garbage. It often feels like phone manufacturers are hand-cuffed by batteries, limiting their opportunities to really innovate.
But enough of my ranting, let’s talk about today’s poll in relation to battery tech. I know that your phones aren’t all the same, but I’m still interested to see what the average battery life is like around here. I know that my Moto X (2nd gen) struggles to get me 8-10 hours of use in a day, whereas my Note 4 has no problem lasting until I go to bed at night. What about you? How many hours do you typically get in a charge?
Feel free to jump into the comments and let us know your answer and the phone you are currently using.