The first Android Wear watches are now available, so what do you think – are you buying one? As of today, you can pre-order the LG G Watch or Samsung Gear Live and have them at your front door within a couple of weeks. Or are you holding out for the Moto 360, which Google would only continue to confirm is “coming this summer”? Or are you not interested at all?
It’s time for some I/O-related polls. First up – are you buying either the G Watch or Gear Live?
Manufacturers are showing no signs of slowing the trend that is increasing display size, with companies like Huawei now releasing phones that are blowing past the 6-inch mark. Current flagships from LG, Samsung, and HTC are all 5-inches and over. We touched on this a few weeks back. If there is any consolation, we can at least be thankful that companies are finding ways to decrease bezel size, meaning that even though displays are getting bigger, sizes of the phones are not changing too much.
In the end, though, do people actually need that much display? Well, you tell us.
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.
Back in late 2012, we asked the community what the reason was for sticking with their current carrier. At the time, LTE networks and coverage dominated the vote, with a growing percentage suggesting that nothing was keeping them with their current carrier, and that they would be moving on as soon as their contract expired.
Here we are almost two years later, T-Mobile has gone all Uncarrier on us, smartphone payment plans are taking over, 2-year contracts are dying, and almost everyone claims to have a massive LTE network. So let’s ask again, to see if anything has changed.
Why are you with your current carrier?
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.