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[Weekend Poll] Did You Pre-Order A Nexus 9?

The Nexus 9 went up for pre-order on numerous websites around the world shortly after its announcement, with the 8.9" HTC-built slate garnering quite a bit of attention for a few reasons. First, HTC - HTC hasn't made a consumer tablet in a long while, with the now quite-old Flyer and Jetstream (an AT&T business exclusive) both having been widely-regarded as flops.

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The Nexus 9 is also interesting because of its dimensions - it's the first Nexus device to have a 4:3 screen ratio (the same as the iPad). It has dual front-facing speakers featuring BoomSound, a Nexus-branded keyboard folio appears to be a launch-ready accessory, and a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 dual-core processor.

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[Weekend Poll] What's The Maximum You Would You Be Willing To Pay For A Smartwatch?

Android Wear is here, and with it, the second wave of major smartwatches from OEMs are arriving. The G Watch R is the first such device likely to be released, though Sony's Smartwatch 3 will likely be arriving soon as well, as well as ASUS' ZenWatch.

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The general consensus on smartwatch pricing to date from OEMs seems to be around $250 - but how much would you really be willing to pay for a smartwatch that was stylish, functional, and practical?

At the low end of the Wear spectrum, we have the Samsung Gear Live, at just $199. It seems likely ASUS' ZenWatch will probably end up in this area, too.

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[Weekend Poll] Skins: Will Your Next Phone Run A Clean Android, Or An OEM UI Layer?

Skins are divisive subject. Do they really matter? Are they literally evil incarnate? Is TouchWiz actually that bad? Well, now we're going to vote on it: will your next phone rock the stock, or will it be SenseWizwhateverLG'sthingis-ified?

For the purpose of our poll, "major" UI layer modifications will include a pretty broad range. Anything made by Samsung, LG, Sony (yes, sorry, that is a "major" skin), HTC, Huawei, ZTE, and a number of other OEMs that is not a Nexus or GPE device is considered "skinned" for the purposes of this poll. Motorola devices, Nexus devices, GPE devices, OnePlus devices (CM adds many functions, but aesthetically is / can be made very stock-ish), or any other phone that runs a version of Android with extremely minimal (or straight-up Google-approved) modifications will not be considered "skinned" for the purposes of this poll.

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[Weekend Poll] At 5.9", Is The Nexus 6 Going To Be Too Big To Buy?

At this point, it's all but a certainty: the Nexus 6 is coming, and it's going to have a 5.9" display. This size is hugely controversial - no pun intended. 5.9" puts the Nexus 6 in territory only previously tread upon by the likes of the Galaxy Mega 6.3, LG G Flex (6.0"), Ascend Mate 2 (6.1"), One Max (5.9"), and Xperia Z Ultra (6.4"). All of these phones have one thing in common: they're widely recognized as being on the extreme end of the display size spectrum for a handset.

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So, is a 5.9" Nexus too much to handle - or are your hands getting on it regardless?

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[Weekend Poll] Did You Order A New Moto X?

Reviews for the new Moto X have been pouring in over the last month, and for the most part, critics are once again decidedly optimistic about Motorola's new flagship device.

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While the display has grown to a potentially controversial 5.2", much of what made the original so loved is intact. Front-facing speakers bring a feature much demanded by enthusiasts, along with a bump to a full 1080p AMOLED display (likely Samsung-supplied). New back options like leather up the customization potential for the X even more, and enhancements to Active Display and Motorola Assist continue to build up Motorola's much-loved software additions.

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[Weekend Poll] How Often Do You Use Google Now?

As Google Now's features and reach expand, it's become increasingly clear that Google has great ambitions for the project that was initially announced over two years ago (hard to believe, right?) at I/O 2012. When Google Now launched, it was little more than a context-aware monitor for your location to tell you how long it would take to get somewhere or show you the weather. But it was immediately clear that Google planned on expanding Now into something much more powerful, and it's made good on that promise. Here are just a few things Google has done or at least worked on doing in the Now app for Android.

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[Weekend Poll] After Seeing Reviews And Initial Opinions, Are You More Or Less Interested In A Moto 360 Now?

While we haven't posted our own review yet, you may have seen Artem's numerous posts (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) about his experience so far, and there's no shortage of reviews on the web at this point.

Most of them basically come down to this: the battery life is the worst of any Wear device (how bad varies on who you're asking, but ambient mode seems unusable as an all-day strategy), but the Moto 360 is still subjectively the best-looking Wear hardware yet. As for the software, it's like every other Wear watch yet: Android Wear is buggy, slow, but pretty, sometimes useful, and the most mature smartwatch OS out there for the time being, though that isn't saying a ton.

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[Weekend Poll] Did You Buy A Moto 360?

If you're in one of the eligible countries, you're probably well aware that the Moto 360 has begun shipping, so we want to know if you bought one.

The Moto 360 is easily the most anticipated Android Wear device to date, and possibly even the most awaited smartwatch. Its semi-circular display and very modern but still watch-like design have been huge factors here - I would definitely agree the 360 is still the best-looking smartwatch we've seen, even compared to concept hardware.

Its TI OMAP 3 processor sets the internals apart from the crowd, as does its ambient light sensor for that always-on display.

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[Weekend Poll] IFA Is Coming: What New Gadgets Are You Most Excited About?

This weekend's poll is going to be a bit different, in that it's sort of a two-parter. Starting on Wednesday, a slew of press conferences and announcements by various Android OEMs will be taking place at the IFA electronics trade show in Berlin - we'll be there to cover it, too! What we want to know is just what announcement you're really on the lookout for.

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I've included a list of products we have a good feeling will be at the show (or straight-up confirmation), but feel free to head down to the comments and voice your answer if it's not featured in the poll.

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[Weekend Poll] G Watch R: Hot Or Not?

Granted, it's not a pretty render, but it is a render of LG's upcoming G Watch R - a smartwatch that appears to be sporting a full circular display (no Moto 360 cutout) with more classic chronograph styling. Motorola's Moto 360, on the other hand, is just a sexy circle from the future.

LG's design would seem to appeal to a more traditional watch buyer, someone who wants a smartwatch that looks a lot like, well, a regular watch.

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I've scaled down the image extracted from LG's teaser a bit because, frankly, it looks really awful any larger than this. A lot of that is video compression caused by YouTube - you'll notice this post's thumbnail image looks perfectly normal and, frankly, pretty nice compared to the one on our original post.

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