Tuesday Poll: What is Your Favorite Phone Series?

Over the years, our favorite phone manufacturers have created specific lines or brands of devices that we continue to see new iterations of. Samsung has its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines. HTC has the One series. LG has the G series. Motorola has the DROID and recently created Moto lines. Sony has its Xperia devices. And Google has Nexus. We know when new versions of each should be released each year, what they should look and perform like (for the most part), and which carriers will likely sell them. Branding and familiarity has been a big part of the smartphone game. These lines have helped define not only our coverage of the industry, but also how we all feel about phone makers.

So, we want to know which is your favorite of all time. Forget for a second the phone you are holding right now and think about which line out of them all has been your favorite over the years. Have you been a long-time fan of all things Galaxy? Is HTC doing things with the One that have caught your eye? Do you wish Sony would bring its Xperia line over to the US? Or are you a Nexus fanboy, even though carriers like Verizon refuse to support them?

Feel free to backup your response in the comments.

What is Your Favorite Phone Series?

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Monday Poll: Do You Use the Amazon Appstore?

Amazon announced today that its selection of apps in the Appstore has tripled in the past year and that “developers continue to report strong monetization” thanks to the apps they sell there. Rather than simply pass along that news, we thought we would instead see if any of you care.

Because well, Amazon used to grab our attention with free apps of the day, but even that train seems to have run out of steam over the last couple of years. In other words, we rarely talk about the Amazon Appstore unless they are bundling a whole bunch of apps together for free for a special occasion. In fact, I had to install the store this morning in order to take the picture at the top of this post.

So I’m curious – do you use the Amazon Appstore to download apps?

Do You Use the Amazon Appstore?

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Thursday Poll: Tiered or Unlimited Data?

Back in April of 2012, almost a year after we started to see tiered data plans takeover the wireless market, we asked our readers to vote in a poll, letting us know if they were still on unlimited data or part of a tier. Since then, the industry has continued to change, with the introduction of shared data pools and unlimited plans that offer up a limit on fast data before throttling you.

We know that many of you are doing whatever you can to hang onto those old, grandfathered unlimited data plans while others have had to jump ship, whether it be to upgrade or because they found what they considered to be a good enough deal. So some have let tiers take over, others have at least gone the unlimited-plus-throttling route. What we want to know today, is where you fall? Are you still hanging on to full unlimited or have you had to switch it up?

Feel free to let us know what your current plan looks like in the comments.

Tiered or Unlimited Data?

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Wednesday Poll: Do You Own an Android Tablet?

Android tablets – there are a million different models to choose from, more than half of which are probably Samsung-made. There are Nexus tablets from Google, Transformer Pads from ASUS, and of course, plenty of Galaxy Tabs and Notes from Samsung.

Deals are constantly being held online for tablets, so if you don’t already own one, we would be quite surprised.

The last time we ran this poll, back in October of last year, 25% of folks said they did not own an Android tablet and 75% said yes, they do own an Android tablet. A few people mentioned that they owned a tablet made by Microsoft or Apple, so of course, that adds to the “no” category, given that those are not Android tablet.

Let’s update our numbers to see if anything has changed.

If you have been reluctant to purchase an Android tablet, we would love to know why. Tell us below in the comments section what would get you to take the plunge?

Do you own an Android tablet?

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Tuesday Poll: Still Interested in Google Glass?

In May of last year, just when Google Glass was getting its first big push through the Explorer program, we asked DL readers if Google Glass was a product that they were interested in. The results came back pretty mixed, with only about a third of the votes going towards “Yes, I’m very interested.” Another quarter said “No, I couldn’t care less,” while the other 40% were waiting to see if developers could do anything cool with it.

Here we are a year later, the Explorer program is now open to anyone with an enormous amount of disposable income to blow through, and Glass seems to be everywhere. Athletes are showing it off on the regular, celebrities have worn it, fashion houses have featured pairs in shows, new bars are banning Glass by the day, and designer lenses are now a reality. But with all of that happening, we still aren’t seeing Glass in its retail form yet.

So we are curious, again, if you are still interested in Google Glass? Has a year made a difference? Are you seeing enough from developers? Are there enough new use-cases to warrant a pair? Are the constant updates from Google making this product more appealing? Let us know in the comments.

Still Interested in Google Glass?

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Monday Poll: Do You Use NFC on Your Smartphone?

When first announced for Android devices, NFC was a pretty exciting feature. It allowed for tap-to-pay services to launch in stores, it brought Android Beam into existence, and allowed other devices to quickly connect to Android phones and tablets via Bluetooth with no user input needed. Times were good.

Now, in mid-2014, we find ourselves using NFC less and less. Services like Google Wallet and Isis haven’t been taking off like expected, and we find that the convenience of NFC isn’t actually worth having the feature enabled on our phones. Sure, it has its time and place, but for the most part, NFC is still kind of useless to most users.

Our question to you is, are you using NFC these days? Back in February of last year, we asked this same question, with the results not showing much love for NFC. 53% of people who answered said they did not use NFC, 33% said yes, and 14% of poll responders didn’t even have a phone with NFC built in.

It’s time to update our results. Share your experiences with NFC in the comments below, and tell us if you think there is something that could make NFC better or more desirable.

Do you use NFC on your smartphone?

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Tuesday Poll: Are You Buying the LG G3?

It’s official! The LG G3 has been announced. Quad HD is here. Laser autofocus too. We even have a metallic skin that doesn’t look cheap as an added bonus. The phone does contain a Snapdragon 801, though. I know many were hoping for the Snapdragon 805 with its new GPU. The rest is exactly what we were all looking for – there even seems to be a version with 3GB of RAM.

Unfortunately, we don’t have a solid release date in the US other than “later this summer” or a price.

Full specs here.  Announcement here.

So, it’s time to tell us – are you buying one? Also, be sure to tell us which carrier (and maybe even which color you like the best).

Are You Buying the LG G3?

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Wednesday Poll: Do You Want to Buy the OnePlus One?

You’ll notice the very specific wording in that title, because no one knows when or how exactly they will be able to buy the newly announced OnePlus One. We know it’s official. We know the full specs. We know it will cost just $299 for the 16GB version and $349 for the 64GB version, but only 100 of them will be available on April 25 through a smash-your-current-phone promo.

After that, OnePlus is using an invite system from those first 100 orders, so hopefully you know someone. Because it could be until May before they go on sale in the announced 16 countries outside of the invite system. May is probably a rough estimate at best, because country availability and stock levels will likely vary greatly. So again, who knows if and when you’ll ever have a chance to buy the OnePlus One.

But that doesn’t mean the total package here doesn’t sound incredibly appealing (even if the phone is quite large). We are talking specs that are in many ways better than that of the Galaxy S5 and One (M8) yet at half the price. This is a pretty insane move from a newcomer – hopefully they can get the sales side of things figured out.

Who wants one?

What's a bigger deal: Hardware or Software?

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