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Weekend poll: Which hand is dominant when you use your smartphone?

OK, bear with me: this one is kind of weird. But I've been thinking about it for, oh, five minutes now, and I've realized that I've never really considered what hand I predominantly hold my smartphone with. I'm left-handed, but my right hand is my dominant smartphone hand. My theory is that this is largely because I use a computer mouse with my right hand, and always have. Not to mention I keep my smartphone in my right-front pocket, so a cross-reach with my left hand would be really awkward (not that I couldn't easily keep it in the left pocket, though).

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Weekend poll: Pixel or Pixel XL?

We know just about all there is to know about the upcoming Pixel and Pixel XL. Well, except exactly how much each model will cost - that one has remained elusive, even as we're a mere two days from the official launch. But hardware-wise, we know Google's new top-tier devices will feature Snapdragon 821 chipsets, likely four-carrier US compatibility, 32 or 128GB of storage, 4GB of RAM, 12MP and 8MP rear and front cameras, USB-C ports, and 5 and 5.5" displays. The only real differences will come in regard to price, display resolution and size, and battery capacity.

The smaller Pixel is expected to start at $649 for the 32GB model.

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Weekend poll: Would you buy a new "Nexus" (or Pixel) 7" tablet?

Rumors of Huawei building a 7" tablet "for Google" were stirred up by serial leaker Evan Blass last week. We've not heard anything more about this alleged device, but suffice it to say that the hype is real for this thing. The original Nexus 7 was as beloved as it was horribly flawed, though its 2013 successor remedied many of those ills. And much can be said of why the Nexus 7 was popular - it was "the right size," a good combination of value and performance, and one of the few tablets running stock Android. But all of that pales in comparison to the one thing that made the Nexus 7 such a hit: it was damn cheap.

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Weekend poll: How long have you owned your current smartphone?

Smartphones are getting better, generally speaking. There's little doubt of this. Cameras, displays, computing performance, and connectivity see improvements with each passing generation. The adoption of common standards - some that you may not even think about - has helped a lot, too. Everything from the super obvious (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth) to the formerly obscure but increasingly necessary (NFC, USB-C) continues to cause smartphones as a whole to commoditize and, on some basic level, homogenize. As a result, intercompatibility of smartphones and content is likely at an all-time high, reducing the incentive to upgrade your device as often. And as the experience has gotten better in most areas (perhaps less in battery life!), the frustrations that caused people to upgrade yearly or even biennially have also probably decreased as a function of that general betterment.

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Weekend poll: are you playing Pokémon GO?

Pokémon GO has become an overnight sensation - probably far exceeding even the expectations of Nintendo America or Niantic. Tens of millions of players are already searching their world for new Pokémon, battling in gyms, and collecting various items to help increase the power of their pocket monsters.

While it's not officially available everywhere yet, you can always sideload the APK from APK Mirror (our APK is completely safe and was taken directly from the Play Store - we aren't shifting shady package files) to get in on the action.

I played for a solid couple of hours today, wandering my neighborhood (which is packed with Pokestops, apparently) and collecting new creatures and several-hundred Poké Balls.

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Weekend poll: do you think Google Allo should replace Hangouts?

Google Allo is scheduled for a summer release, and recent changes to the app's iconography on the Play Store have brought back discussions on just what purpose the app really serves. With Hangouts probably being one of the most oft-derided Google products in existence, a replacement - even though Allo isn't technically replacing Hangouts - might be welcome. Or it might not: many Hangouts users would rather Google revamp that platform with Allo-like features instead of just releasing yet another chat app. How Allo and Hangouts will coexist remains unclear at this point - will Hangouts languish as Allo becomes Google's favored chat platform?

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[Weekend Poll] How Happy Are You With Your Carrier's Mobile Data Speeds?

I'm working on an article about 5G - it is becoming increasingly, exasperatingly long - and one of the major themes I'm finding is that new mobile technology is often touted as being the silver bullet for a problem with existing technology. For example: my AT&T LTE service here in Los Angeles sucks, like sub-1Mbps up and down speeds outside not next to a tall building. I've started using HSPA+ more and more just to avoid LA's ultra-congested AT&T LTE network - it's that bad in my area. 5G, of course, promises to fix all of this (I won't get into the hows and whys here - that's what the article is for).

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[Weekend Poll] Do Smartphone Accessories / Add-On Hardware Actually Matter To You? Would You Buy Them?

LG's G5 has proven nothing if not a divisive and unique piece of hardware. While I understand that many people do like the phone, I had a hard time coming to a favorable conclusion when evaluating it over the last few weeks. Conclusions aside, I want to talk about smartphone accessories - and I don't mean TPU cases (well, maybe HTC's Dot View or Samsung's new copycat thereof may count).

When I look at buying a smartphone, I'm looking at the smartphone. Freebies that come to loyal pre-order customers are always nice, but the vast majority of consumers buy a phone and generally a phone only (again, aside from a case) these days when they walk into a store or submit an order online.

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[Poll] Galaxy S7 / S7 Edge Or LG G5?

Undoubtedly, the topics of the week in the smartphone world are Samsung's Galaxy S7 (and S7 edge) and LG's G5. Both are flagship products, and comparisons are bound to be drawn. We know a fair bit about both devices at this point, so what we want to know is this: what's your initial impression? Which do you prefer? Why? Let's talk about it, and be sure to vote in the poll below.

Which do you prefer: Galaxy S7 / S7 edge or LG G5?

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[Weekend Poll] How Do You Secure Your Phone's Lock Screen?

Device security is a pretty personal thing, and we all likely have a given level of security we're comfortable with before impracticality starts to get in the way. While a secure lock screen is highly advisable, some of us still don't even do that (which is slightly scary) because it can be an annoying barrier to using your phone.

Google knows this, and features like Smart Lock have attempted to combat lockscreen non-usage by linking device security to connected devices, your face, your location, your voice, or even whether your phone thinks it's actually on your person. The idea being that if you're too lazy or encumbered by a traditional lockscreen (or don't have a fingerprint scanner), your phone can have a variety of "safe" scenarios in which it's probably OK for your device to be unlocked, only locking when those conditions aren't met.

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