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Weekend Poll: Are you considering purchasing an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus?

Yes, this is Android Police, but there's no ignoring the annual feeding frenzy that is the launch of the newest iPhone. With the iPhone 7, Apple has actually introduced a number of features some have long wished the brand would include on their devices: water and dust protection, dual stereo speakers, and a base model with 32GB of storage were seeming no-brainers, but this is Apple we're talking about.

While they remain predictable in their boldly high pricing, the 7 and 7 Plus have turned heads - for reasons both good and bad. The removal of the headphone jack has been a strong point of contention among consumers and critics alike, and while the 7 Plus's new dual-camera arrangement has been highly lauded, it's not present on the standard iPhone 7.

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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: Has the Note7 recall made you less likely to consider a Samsung smartphone?

Samsung has officially initiated a global recall of its Note7 smartphone due to a tiny number of devices that may have defective batteries that could cause the device to self-immolate. The Note7 is a hugely prominent smartphone around the world, and part of a franchise well-loved by enthusiasts and regular consumers alike. Samsung's larger solution in the recall is to replace customers' smartphones with new ones - a costly fix indeed - and would generally make consumers whole in the process. As responses go, Samsung has been swift and cautious, and I'm not sure much more could be asked of them in this scenario.

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Weekend poll: Are you using Google Duo? Do you like it?

The visual half of Google's two new communication apps, Duo, is now out for basically everybody. We're curious: are you using it? How are you liking it so far? Things to commend? To complain about? To suggest? That one thing you think would make Duo into a killer video chat app?

Let's talk about it.

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Weekend poll: Would you buy a smartphone without a headphone jack?

More and more, it seems the headphone jack is being considered an acceptable casualty in the name of modern smartphone design. LeEco generated headlines when they dropped it on their new devices, but perhaps the biggest stir came when Motorola announced the Z and Z and Force would forego 3.5mm ports in favor of... a dongle.

This caused considerable consternation. Some, though, were in favor of it - Bluetooth headphones and earbuds are increasingly popular today, and while I'd argue the traditional cabled headphone still very much has its place, that place is probably less a smartphone than it was three or four years ago.

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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: Would you endure lockscreen ads in exchange for a discounted smartphone?

I'm using Amazon's $60 BLU R1 HD Prime Exclusive smartphone for a month - my next post on it should go live this week. But using the phone got me wondering: how many Android enthusiasts would be willing to deal with lockscreen ads in exchange for a [steeply] discount smartphone?

Let's put aside the possibility of removing those ads. For the purpose of this poll, imagine the phone you are buying at a discount will have lockscreen ads that are impossible to remove. But equally, imagine that phone comes at a rather substantial discount, say, 15-25% (or more, if it's a particularly cheap phone) off MSRP on day one of its launch.

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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: what do you think of the Android 'Nougat' codename?

The mystery and intrigue are over: after the usual post-I/O buildup, and even a first-ever user submission process, Google has made the name of Android N public. If you've been under a rock all week, the dessert of the year is "Nougat," which will be used to refer to Android 7.0 (and possibly one or two more iterative version bumps, a la Jelly Bean).

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Weekend poll: Android N's notifications, love 'em or hate 'em?

Android N has made some significant, nay, major changes to the notification cards compared to the outgoing L. For one, notifications now just look a lot more same-y: your Hangouts notifications don't look much different than your Inbox notifications which don't look much different from your Gmail notifications and so on and so forth. Small icons, little border separating individual cards, and a whole lot of white space can make Android N's notifications more difficult to visually parse, particularly if you're getting a huge number of notifications.

The collapsible notifications - aka bundling - are also something of a mess at the moment.

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