Poll of the week

Poll of the week

Do you use mobile payments? [Poll of the Week]

Last week’s poll summary: Out of over 1,800 total votes, 32.3% of our readers said their favorite announcement from CES 2017 was the new ASUS ZenFone AR. 13.3% said they were most excited for Samsung’s Chromebook Plus & Pro, while 11.7% said their favorite announcement was the Faraday Future FF91.

Mobile payments have been around for a pretty long time now, but they didn’t start catching on until the release of Apple Pay and Android Pay a few years ago.

While Google, of course, wants all Android users to use Android Pay, Samsung wants its users to use Samsung Pay, and the same goes for Apple with Apple Pay. And if for some reason you aren’t fully satisfied with those three options, we have access to plenty more mobile payment services to round out the already crowded landscape. Chase Bank and even Walmart have their own proprietary services, for example.

Whichever service you decide to use, though, mobile payments are designed to make your life easier and save you time.

So tell us – do you use mobile payments, or are you still not convinced they save time and effort? Be sure to cast your vote in the poll attached below, and speak up in the comments if you have anything else to add. We look forward to hearing what you have to say!

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Android Pay vs Apple Pay vs Samsung Pay

April 27, 2016

What was your favorite announcement from CES 2017? [Poll of the Week]

Last week’s poll summary: Out of a total of over 1,900 votes, 64.9% of our readers said they were most excited for all the smartphone announcements at CES this year. 9% of our readers said they were most excited for new computing announcements, while only 7.9% said they were most interested in VR/AR.

CES 2017 has just come to a close, and we saw tons (tons!) of great new products spanning smartphones, laptops, electric cars, wearables, headphones, and much, much more.

In the smartphone world, we saw some killer new devices from ASUS, including the Tango- and Daydream-ready ZenFone AR, as well as the ZenFone 3 Zoom with its dual 12MP rear camera setup. And while it’s not nearly final at the moment, we got to see BlackBerry’s upcoming ‘Mercury’ smartphone, complete with physical keyboard.

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Best of CES 2017: the most impressive products from the show

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Smartphones weren’t the only ones to steal the show, though. Samsung also released its super powerful Chromebook Plus and Pro, and Dell gave us a first look at its new XPS 13 2-in-1. In the wearables segment, Garmin unveiled its new fenix 5 line of devices, and Misfit took the wraps off its very first smartwatch, the Vapor.

There were also plenty of electric and self-driving car announcements this past week, including the much-anticipated Faraday Future FF91.

So what was your favorite announcement at CES this year? Be sure to place your vote in the poll attached below and yes, we’re going to make you choose just one. If you have anything else to add, be sure to leave a comment below. We look forward to hearing what you have to say!

What was your favorite smartphone of 2016? [Poll of the Week]

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Last week’s poll summary: Out of over 8,300 total votes, 26.7% of our readers said they’re most looking forward to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge in 2017. 21.6% said they’re most looking forward to the Google Pixel / Pixel XL 2, while 18.3% said they can’t wait to see what the Galaxy Note 8 has in store for the new year.

2016 was certainly a big year for Android, and we were lucky enough to see a ton of huge improvements come from the major smartphone OEMs this year.

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge brought a refined design and some killer specs, the HTC 10 impressed with its smooth software and impressive audio features, and the OnePlus 3T brought top-of-the-line features and build quality for well under $500. We also got to see some experimental things happen this year, as LG and Moto finally brought us modular smartphones.

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The best Android phones

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So as the year winds down, we want to know – what was your favorite Android smartphone of 2016? Was it the Google Pixel, Galaxy S7, HTC 10 or something else? Keep in mind that you’re voting for your favorite smartphone of the year, which means it doesn’t necessarily have to be the best phone released this year. Be sure to cast your vote in the poll attached below, and speak up in the comments if you’d like to add anything else. We look forward to hearing what you have to say!

What phone are you most looking forward to in 2017? [Poll of the Week]

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Last week’s poll summary: Out of almost 5,000 total votes, 43.4% of our readers said they’re favorite Android version of all time is Android Nougat (surprise, surprise). Coming in second place with 18.9% of the votes is Android 6.0 Marshmallow, while third place belongs to Android 4.4 KitKat with 14.1% of the votes.

2016 was one heck of a year in the world of Android.

Samsung really refined its flagship offerings this year with the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, as did HTC with the HTC 10. Google also launched its first non-Nexus phones this year, which certainly didn’t disappoint. Oh, and we finally got to see modular smartphones come to the mainstream this year with the Moto Z / Moto Z Force and the LG G5.

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The best Android phones

3 weeks ago

But as we look back at all the great phones that launched in 2016, we should also be thinking about what’s to come in the new year. With that said, we want to know – what phone are you most looking forward to in 2017? Are you most excited for the Galaxy S8? What about the successor to the Google Pixel? Be sure to cast your vote in the poll attached below, and be sure to tell us your thoughts in the comments!

What’s your favorite Android version of all time? [Poll of the Week]

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Last week’s poll summary: Out of over 6,300 total votes, 51% of our readers said that they wouldn’t buy a smartphone unless it had a great camera. 43.5% of our readers said smartphone camera quality is important, but not a make-or-break feature. 4.7% of voters said they don’t care about smartphone camera quality at all.

If you’re reading this, you’re probably aware of all the new features present in the latest major version of Android, 7.0 Nougat. Multi-window mode, customizable quick settings, seamless updates and redesigned notifications are just a few of the big changes that Google included in Nougat.

But as we talk about new versions of Android, it’s hard not to look back at just how far our favorite mobile operating system has come over the years.

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With Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Google brought the powerful Now on Tap feature to devices, as well as app permissions, the new fingerprint API and Doze mode. Android 5.0 Lollipop introduced the wonderful Material Design user interface we all know and love, the ability to reply to notifications from your lock screen, and more. And with Android 4.4 KitKat, Google introduced the “Ok, Google” hotword, immersive design and deeper Google Now integration.

I was particularly fond of Android Lollipop (even though it was super buggy in the beginning), mainly because of the Material Design refresh. KitKat was great too, as I really loved being able to quickly access Google Now from the launcher on my Nexus 5.

So we want to know – what’s your favorite Android version of all time? Be sure to cast your vote in the poll attached below, and be sure to tell us your fondest Android memories in the comments below!

How important is your smartphone’s camera quality? [Poll of the Week]

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Last week’s poll summary: Out of over 4,200 total votes, 35.5% of our readers said they didn’t buy anything on Black Friday this year. 16.8% said they bought a smartphone, and 8.9% said they picked up a fitness tracker or a smartwatch.

If you think back to, say, three years ago, you might remember a time when smartphones weren’t all that great at taking photos. There were a few exceptions, sure, but it was pretty difficult to find a phone that didn’t take a blurry shot. Thankfully things have gotten much better in the camera phone space, and we no longer have to worry about missing important moments or dealing with slow cameras.

Especially in the case of the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, camera quality is becoming less of a compromise. There are still a few phones out there that aren’t quite up to par, though, which leads us to our latest Poll of the Week.

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Best Android smartphone cameras

5 days ago

We want to know – how important is a smartphone’s camera to you? Is it the most important factor when considering a smartphone, or could you care less? Be sure to cast your vote in the poll attached below. If you have anything else to add, be sure to speak up in the comments.

What did you pick up on Black Friday? [Poll of the Week]

Last week’s poll summary: Out of almost 4,200 total votes, 41.1% of our readers said they are not planning on buying the OnePlus 3T. 34.7% said they plan to buy one soon, while 15.7% said they’ve already placed their order.

Remember the days before this whole internet thing happened? We used to have to actually go outside (in the cold!) to get things from the store. Like animals. Things have changed a lot since then, thankfully, and online shopping has become more and more popular over the years.

One of the most popular online shopping days of the year is Black Friday, as thousands of retailers decide to kick off the holiday season with huge discounts on many of their products. Black Friday officially ended a few days ago, but it’s worth noting there are still plenty of great Cyber Monday deals to be had.

Some of the best deals happened exclusively on Black Friday, though. Verizon was selling the Google Pixel and Pixel XL for a ridiculous $10 and $15 per month, most retailers discounted the Google Home by $30, and you could even pick up a smartwatch or fitness tracker for cheap if you were in the market for a new wearable.

With all of those great deals that went on, we want to know – what did you pick up on Black Friday? Did you grab a new smartphone, or did you go for something a bit less expensive like a pair of headphones or a memory card? Be sure to cast your vote in our latest Poll of the Week, and if there’s anything else you’d like to add, feel free to speak up in the comments below.

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Are you buying the OnePlus 3T? [Poll of the Week]

Last week’s poll summary: Out of over 1,700 total votes, 38.9% of our readers said they’ve been very happy with Google Home thus far. 20.4% of our readers say that they like the idea of Google Home, though it’s just too limited right now. 18.6% say that they think Google Home is great, but they have no plans to buy one.
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OnePlus’ new flagship is finally here, and it’s one heck of a phone. While the new OnePlus 3T shares a lot in common with its predecessor, the OnePlus 3, there are plenty of improvements under the hood that could potentially make this one of the best values of the year.

The 3T is basically a snappier, longer lasting version of the OnePlus 3

The 3T is basically a snappier, longer lasting version of the OnePlus 3, and that’s thanks to the upgraded processor and battery size. Under the hood, you’ll find Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 821 processor clocked at 2.35GHz, backed by 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM. It also sports a non-removable 3,400mAh battery, which is a 13-percent increase from the OnePlus 3’s 3,000mAh unit. Of course, the 3T also supports OnePlus’ Dash Charge technology, which the company says will get you enough power for the day with just 30 minutes on the charger. The last major improvement can be found with the front-facing camera sensor. The 3T sports a 16MP Samsung 3P8SP front-facing sensor, with a pixel size of 1.0μm and an f/2.0 aperture. This should help low-light selfie quality quite a bit.

With that said, we want to know – are you buying the OnePlus 3T, or are you passing on OnePlus’ new flagship? Be sure to cast your vote in the poll below, and if you have anything to add, feel free to leave a comment below. We look forward to hearing what you have to say!

Is Google Home everything you hoped it would be? [Poll of the Week]

Last week’s poll summary: Out of over 5,500 total votes, 30.1% of our readers said they would have preferred an AMOLED display on Huawei’s Mate 9 flagship. 24.2% of our readers said they would have liked a Quad HD display, while 21.3% said they aren’t a fan of the company’s EMUI 5 software skin.

Google’s first big Amazon Echo competitor, Google Home, was officially announced way back at the I/O developer conference in May. While it took the company about six months to put the finishing touches on the product, we’re happy to say that you can finally purchase the connected speaker from the Google Store and other retailers for about $130.

Six months of waiting around is a pretty long time, though, and if you’re like me, you were chomping at the bit to see what Google Home could bring to the table that the Amazon Echo couldn’t.

We’ve been using Google Home for over about two weeks now, and there’s certainly a lot to like about it. Not only does it come with the new Google Assistant (the same one that’s powering the Pixel and Pixel XL), it works seamlessly with Chromecast, Philips Hue, Nest Thermostat devices and a few more connected home products (mostly thanks to IFTTT integration). Plus, this is a very well-built piece of hardware – it looks good in most rooms throughout the house, and sound quality is very impressive for a speaker of this size.

Google Home shines in many areas, but is very much lacking in others

With all that said, there are a few areas where Google Home could improve. It isn’t compatible with too many applications yet; only a handful of Google apps and third-party services are supported. And of the Google apps that are supported, integration could be much more robust. For instance, Google Assistant is only able to add items to your shopping list in Google Keep, and asking what podcasts are available in Play Music is like pulling teeth. Perhaps the biggest downside to Google Home right now – at least for families – is the lack of multi account support. This means if anyone in your house needs to get directions to their place of work or ask what’s on their agenda, Google Home will give them information based on your Google account. Support for multiple accounts may be on its way in the future, but unfortunately it’s not here yet.

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Google Home first impressions: It’ll get better

5 days ago

So, we want to know – is Google Home everything you hoped it would be? Or are you not impressed? Be sure to cast your vote in the poll below, and if you have anything to add, feel free to leave a comment below. We look forward to hearing what you have to say!