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[Weekend Poll] Are You Considering Purchasing An LG G5?

The LG G5 comes into 2016 the unabashed underdog to Samsung's Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. While Samsung is refining its lineup - based on a largely successful reimagining in the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge+ of last year - with more practical benefits this time around (better camera, much better battery life), LG's smartphone identity seems more than a bit confused.

Last year's V10 was very successful with owners, especially those who didn't find what they wanted in the G4 (most people I've talked to with a V10 love it), but that phone doesn't quite ring as mainstream - it's a powerhouse of specifications and general capability.

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[Weekend Discussion] Let's Talk Android N: Favorite Features, Small Changes, And More - What's N To You?

The Android N preview is here, and we're all rather excited about it. (Galaxy S7? G5? Mi 5? What's that?) Android N, even in its primordial preview form, is already showing us tons of new features and changes to the Android OS at large. There are over forty Android N stories on Android Police already, and N has been announced for under a week. And we're still on the first preview. There's a lot going on here.

And there's doubtless more we haven't discovered yet. Changes that will pop up as the N preview continues to update over the next four-plus months, the longest preview of any Android OS release yet.

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[Weekend Poll] Would You Buy A Xiaomi Mi 5... Assuming It Was Available In Your Country?

The Xiaomi Mi 5 is a phone that, statistically, most of you probably will not be able to buy through official channels if you read this website. While it will be available in two massive markets - namely, China and India - the rest of the world will once again be sitting on the sidelines for the launch of Xiaomi's latest and greatest low-cost but powerful mass-market smartphone. Xiaomi is expected to expand its list of markets at some point with the Mi 5, but the general assumption is that expansion will still be restricted to Asia or other emerging markets for the time being.

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[Weekend Poll] Would You Rather Your Next Smartphone Have A microUSB Or A USB Type C Connector?

There's little doubt that the transition to USB Type C connectors is in full swing in 2016. Laptops and smartphones alike are picking up the standard for its large set of features and promised ubiquity as we head into the future, and it's easy to understand the reasoning.

But, like so many new standards, at the moment USB-C still has a few drawbacks worth noting, and smartphones are probably the market where they're most apparent. First, there are practical concerns: how many USB-C cables do you currently have? If you don't have a USB-C smartphone or laptop, my guess is "zero." If you do, you still probably have far fewer USB-C cables than you do Type A to microUSB ones, and the same for wall chargers.

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[Weekend Poll] Where Do You Prefer The Headphone Jack - Top Or Bottom?

Today's question could be a contentious one, or it might not - I'm genuinely unsure. I know that for many people, headphone jack placement on a smartphone can be a point of consternation when it's anything but <insert your preference here.> As someone who reviews smartphones, I deal with all kinds of headphone jack placements. Well, when I say "all kinds," I mean basically five: top left, top middle, top right, bottom left, and bottom right.

I find no particular position objectionable - I've yet to find a smartphone with a bottom-middle headphone jack - and tend to get to used to them pretty quickly.

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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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[Weekend Poll & Discussion] Nexus 5X And 6P Owners: What Issues, If Any, Are You Having With Your Devices?

The Nexus 5X and 6P are both pretty good smartphones. But they're not without flaws - and this weekend, we'd like to talk about what issues have troubled your new Nexuses now that you've had a couple of months (well, some of you) with your devices.

I just recently acquired a Nexus 6P, and I've barely had time to use it with a number of phone reviews on my calendar. But the few days I did use it as my daily driver, I was generally quite satisified. But that's really no time at all, and as we've heard in dozens of emails from you, our readers, both of these devices do have issues, and we'd love to know which ones are the most widespread, serious, or just plain weird.

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[Weekend Poll] What Kind Of Headphones Do You Use With Your Smartphone? Wired? Wireless?

As all sorts of headphone form-factors begin to go wireless (and come down in price), the personal audio market is being increasingly shaped by the smartphones we often listen to our music through. Because of things like Bluetooth allowing us to go wire-free, many people are more comfortable choosing a style or variety of headphone that appeals to their listening preferences as opposed to mere ergonomic concerns.

So, what kind of headphones do you use with your smartphone? I've tried to provide a pretty complete list here, with the option to choose multiple items if you regularly use more than one kind of headphone.

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[Weekend Poll] What Is Holding Back Android Tablets More, The UI/Features Or The Apps?

Tablets are a tricky business. For a while there, it looked like tablets might well overwhelm the consumer laptop market with their excellent portability, wireless accessory prowess, and generally better-than-a-laptop battery life. Everyone was also pretty hip on the novelty of the touchscreen in the early tablet days, too, and laptops had yet to really catch up on that front.

But the tablet market has now begun to stagnate, and competition has become more heated than ever before. Ultraportable convertible devices like the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and other similar form factor experiments are attempting to prove that a tablet can be a real laptop, or vice-versa.

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[Weekend Poll] Does Your Phone Have A MicroSD Card? Do You Use It?

The price-per-gigabyte of microSD cards has absolutely plummeted over the last 5 years. Yesterday, Amazon had a 24-hour deal on a SanDisk 200GB microSD for just $80. That's scarcely more than what a decent 240GB SSD costs these days.

So, does your smartphone have a microSD slot? We know most of our audience are Nexus phone users, so most of you should answer "no" to this question just based on our web metrics. But I'm more interested in, if it does have one, whether or not you actually use it.

MicroSD cards have something of a tortured history in relation to Android smartphones.

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