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[Weekend Poll] How Much Did You Pay For Your Current Smartphone?

The cost of a smartphone can vary wildly - anywhere from $50 (or even less) to over $1000 depending on just which phone you're talking about. That wide range of prices also means a wide variety of devices are out there that cater to the specific needs or desires of you, the consumer. There are also a growing number of ways to pay for your phone if you really want the expensive stuff.

In America, phone subsidies from carriers (mobile operators) were long the preferred method to acquire a phone. In exchange for a promise to stay with a carrier as a post-paid customer for two years or more, the carrier would greatly subsidize the cost of a smartphone up front.

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[Weekend Poll] How Important Are A Phone's Built-In Speakers To You?

While we touch on the subject of speakers in all of our phone reviews, rarely do we give them a particularly focused or deep analysis. Oftentimes, this is simply because many phones have similarly lamentable audio production on these speakers, with varying degrees of maximum loudness. But as the smartphone has evolved, so too have the speakers inside of them, and a class of phones that quite specifically cater to providing a better speaker experience have emerged.

Perhaps most famously, HTC's BoomSound attempted to brand the concept of dual front-facing speakers - the feature was an absolute cornerstone of the One M7, M8, and M9, and made the devices stand out compared to rivals from the likes of LG and Samsung.

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[Weekend Poll] What Do You Use Bluetooth For On Your Smartphone?

Bluetooth is one of the most ubiquitous wireless communication standards on the planet. It's also quite versatile - Bluetooth can be used for a variety of functions, anything from file transfers to smart accessory connectivity to tethering to audio streaming. It's better at some of these things than others, though - Bluetooth file transfer speeds and tethering, for example, are notorious for their low speed and general unreliability.

This weekend, I'm asking you: what do you use Bluetooth for? When I started thinking about how often I used it, I was kind of surprised. I use Bluetooth in my car for phone calls, for music streaming in my car, for music streaming to a Bluetooth speaker in my apartment, and for my Android Wear smartwatch [obviously].

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[Weekend Poll] Do You Own (And Use) A Wireless Charger For Your Smartphone?

We ran this poll a little over two years ago, but I figured it was time for a refresh. Wireless charging seemed to have a lot of momentum in the smartphone world for a little while there, but there's no denying the enthusiasm from manufacturers toward it has cooled recently. The new Nexus phones don't charge wirelessly, nor do most of Motorola's new devices, LG's need a special case, and HTC has never been hip on it. The only major OEM pushing it is Samsung, with the Note 5 and S6 edge+ being the first phones ever to support faster Qi charging.

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[Weekend Poll] What Is More Important To You On A Phone: Battery Life, Display, Camera, Or Update Support?

This weekend's poll is a bit different. When it comes to smartphones, everyone has different priorities. Some of the most commonly and hotly-debated features of a given phone are its battery life, the quality of the display, quality of the camera, and how well the phone will be supported down the road.

So, of those four, which is more important to you? I realize that for some people, none of these four items is the most important feature on a phone, which is why that's not the question we're asking. But because these particular points are often the most-discussed among comments in reviews of smartphones, I'd like to know which of them you'd consider on balance to be more important than the others given your personal opinion.

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[Weekend Poll] Do Giant Tablets (Over 13-14") With Mobile Operating Systems Have Any Appeal?

Earlier this week, photos of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy View tablet - a word I use primarily because there isn't a better one for a product like this - leaked. Extensively. It's an 18.4" touchscreen with a huge stand/handle attachment, and as far as we can tell, it has basically zero productive aspirations. It's a media consumption device. So, dare I ask: why do we need this?

Samsung isn't the first OEM to try it, either. Alcatel is working on a very similar device called the Xess, and the Nabi brand of children's tablets already has several gigantic slates under its belt.

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[Weekend Poll] Did You Pre-Order A Nexus 5X Or 6P?

I know, I know - we do a lot of Nexus polls around this time of year. But they're relevant! While we've asked you about your preference between the Nexus 5X and 6P, we have yet to inquire as to how many of you have actually pre-ordered the devices.

The Nexus 6P is kind-of-sort-of insanely expensive in some regions of the world, with Italy clocking in at an eye-watering 699 Euro (around $780) for the 32GB base version. Granted, the 5X is also ludicrously expensive in the Eurozone, at 479 Euro for the 16GB model. Suffice it to say, Google hasn't priced these phones affordably in every corner of the world.

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[Weekend Poll] Did You Buy The New Chromecast Or Chromecast Audio?

The new Chromecast and Chromecast Audio are here! We want to know: did you buy one? The new video Chromecast now supports 5GHz Wi-Fi and has a much-improved antenna array design allowing superior Wi-Fi signal. It also just seems faster generally, and that's got fans of the cast platform quite pleased. Aside from that, though - it's the same basic deal as the last one, albeit with a completely revamped app that Google released to coincide with the announcement of the device.

The Chromecast Audio fills a different niche, essentially offering a way to smarten up old stereo systems and/or speakers by getting them on your local Wi-Fi network instead of using clumsy and annoying Bluetooth accessories or expensive all-in-one systems like Sonos (which admittedly still have their own merits!).

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[Weekend Poll Redux] Now That They're Official: Nexus 6P Or Nexus 5X?

Last weekend I asked you: Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X? Well, technically I asked you Nexus 5X or 6P, but whatever. But they weren't official yet! Now they are.

The Nexus 5X rings in at $379 for the base 16GB model or $429 for 32GB, while the 6P is $499 here in the US for 32GB, $549 for 64GB, and $649 for the mega-storage 128GB that, yes, Artem has probably already ordered 17 of (one for him and one for each end of each room of his house).

Personally, I'm a 5X man. After holding it, touching it, and generally being near it, I love the design of this device.

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[Weekend Poll] Nexus 5X Or 6P?

Tuesday, we will finally, officially, get to see Google's new Nexus phones in person. At least, we hope so. If not, we'll still likely learn exactly how much they'll cost and when you'll be able to buy one. As to the specs? Well, they've already been about as leaked as much as is possible at this point. We have a pretty clear idea what these phones look like and what kind of hardware they'll be packing. But, to recap.

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The Nexus 5X

The Nexus 5X will have a 5.2" 1080p LCD display, Snapdragon 808 six-core processor, likely 2GB of RAM (we're still not 100% sure on this), 16 or 32GB of storage (most likely - there have been no 64GB rumors), a 2700mAh battery, and will come in three colors.

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