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Weekend poll: What do you consider to be 'good' battery life?

Battery life is a highly subjective thing. For some, getting 3-4 hours of screen-on time is more than adequate, others don't consider anything short of 6 to be enough. Even though I'm probably on my phone more often than most (since it's kinda my job), I'm of the opinion that 4-5 hours is a pretty decent goal for manufacturers. Anything above that, while great to see, I just consider a bonus since I'm probably not going to use it before I plug in at night.

What about you? The topic of 'good' battery life has been a subject of some debate here at Android Police over the last few weeks.

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Weekend poll: Where do you use your Google Home?

This has been an exciting few weeks for the Google Home. Google's AI-augmented smart speaker got a ton of new features at I/O, as well as two new models. More recently, we've seen things cover the range from spooky to downright terrifying. All this has us thinking, where do you keep your Google Home?

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Weekend poll: Which of the products from Google's event do you find the most interesting?

This has been an exciting week. Now that the dust has settled from Google's event on Wednesday, we've been digging into the details of each product a bit more, and there's a lot to look at.

Google's announcement wasn't just about the new Pixels. The company presented a broad portfolio of first-party products during the event. Some of them were a bit more exciting to hear about than others. But everyone has their own opinion.

With all that in mind, which of the products from Google's event do you find the most interesting?

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Weekend poll: Knowing what we know now, are you interested in the new Pixels?

Google's event is coming, so we probably don't have much longer to wait before the company's next phones are announced. But it seems like plenty of information has already leaked out. We could still be in for some surprises, but the odds are that we have a good idea of what to expect.

We know what they (probably) look like. We think it will likely have some interesting additions like a squeezable frame, and we have a decent idea about the specs that should be included. There have even been leaks for upcoming software.

Based on what you've seen so far, we'd like to know how many of you are interested in the new phone.

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Weekend poll: Do you use Android Pay?

Android Pay is adding new banks all the time, and it's even expanding its global presence slowly but surely. This week, I'm asking how many of you actually use it.

Android Pay is something that I was very skeptical on initially, going back to the days of the Google Wallet branding. Why on earth would I use my phone to pay for something when swiping my card was so easy? Well, chip readers started showing up en masse here in the US after the big Target credit card breach, and with them came two things: a more time-consuming payment process and, often, support for contactless payments.

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Weekend poll: Do you use Bluetooth headphones?

With smartphone makers seemingly dropping the headphone jack left and right lately, I've come to wonder if Bluetooth headphones are ready to swing in and replace our trusty wired headsets. I've been trying out a few popular sets of Bluetooth earbuds from companies like JLab and Jaybird, and while I understand the appeal over traditional wired headphones, I also see the downsides.

That's not to speak of over and on-ear Bluetooth headphones, which are definitely seeing a steady uptick in popularity. Oh, and neckbuds. For those of you who are... into that.

Do you use Bluetooth headphones with your smartphone?

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Weekend poll: Do you have a Google Home?

As the owner of two Google Homes, I find that I'd have a hard time going back to life without these little cylinders, and this weekend I'm wondering just how many of you have picked one up.

While it's true that the vast majority of my use of them is as Cast-enabled speakers for the kitchen and bedroom, I also use them to set timers, ask about the weather, how long it's going to take to get somewhere, and occasionally do unit conversions. I don't have any smart home gadgets - not even one smart light bulb - and I don't anticipate that's going to change any time soon.

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Weekend poll: Would you be interested in an Android Police "premium" subscription that removes ads?

Late last week, we announced that we were ending our trial run of Google's Contributor 2.0 platform. The system, which sounds great in theory, allows readers of a website to remove ads from it in exchange for paying a small amount of money per pageview. In reality, the system is quite buggy and presents a number of serious user experience issues, and as such, we've decided that it's not worth the headache.

However, on that post, many of you asked why we weren't able to offer an ad-free Android Police experience in exchange for a subscription-based fee. The answer to that, for now, is that such a system is rather complicated to set up, but we do want to gauge interest in such a thing among you, our readers.

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Poll: Blobmoji or O-moji?

Android O will see a major revamp of the OS's emoji art. This revamp is, to put it in the most objective terms possible, bad. But maybe some people like bad things, and I can respect that. So, today I'm asking you all to voice your (possibly very bad) opinions about the upcoming change to Android's previously-wonderful little feelings-blobs which will see them transformed into over-designed knockoffs of Apple and Samsung's emoji libraries.

This post is very, very tongue in cheek. Also, it's the day before the fourth of July, and things are a little slow. If you're celebrating, have a happy fourth tomorrow, and if not, we'll be back in full force here on Wednesday.

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Weekend poll: How much did you pay for your current smartphone?

Around a year and a half ago, I asked you how much your smartphone cost. Today, I'm asking again, and very I'm curious to see how much the results will have shifted over time.

When I ran this poll in late 2015, the plurality of you answered in the $400-599 bracket, with $300-399 coming in second. Very few of you paid more than $800 for your smartphone, too - around 5%.

With the Galaxy S8+ and 128GB Google Pixel XL both being fairly popular handsets and both generally costing over $800, I have to wonder just how much of a boost that price bracket will see in our polling.

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