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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.

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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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[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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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[Weekend Poll] At $250, Will You Buy A Moto 360?

Earlier this morning, US big box electronics retailer Best Buy let the product page for the Moto 360 loose a little early, and with that slipup came some seemingly concrete information. The Moto 360 will cost $250 - a price which likely comes in at or below most estimates we've seen for the device to date.

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There's still no solid ship date, but this number has probably sealed the deal for a lot of you in regard to deciding whether or not to purchase a 360.

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[Weekend Poll] US Readers: Who Is Your Wireless Carrier?

I know, US only polls do exclude a lot of our most loyal followers, but today's poll is about taking a head count in a turbulent time for the US wireless industry. Dan Hesse was just ousted as CEO of Sprint, and the carrier's parent company SoftBank has allegedly ended its plans for a takeover-merger of competitor T-Mobile. T-Mobile is also poised to surpass Sprint as America's #3 wireless carrier by postpaid subscribers, with CEO John Legere predicting it will happen before the year is out.

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