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Weekend poll: Which hand is dominant when you use your smartphone?

OK, bear with me: this one is kind of weird. But I've been thinking about it for, oh, five minutes now, and I've realized that I've never really considered what hand I predominantly hold my smartphone with. I'm left-handed, but my right hand is my dominant smartphone hand. My theory is that this is largely because I use a computer mouse with my right hand, and always have. Not to mention I keep my smartphone in my right-front pocket, so a cross-reach with my left hand would be really awkward (not that I couldn't easily keep it in the left pocket, though).

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Weekend poll: Do you make NFC payments?

NFC payments have seen a slow but steady rise here in the US in the past few years. While far from achieving global penetration, systems like Android Pay and Apple Pay have actually become pretty commonplace in many large retail chains and even some small businesses via checkout services like Square in America. I'd say I'm using Android Pay, personally, about half the time I'm interacting with a card terminal these days.

But I know it's not like that for everybody, and that other systems like Samsung Pay, or some specific to certain banks in some countries, do exist. So I'm curious if you use NFC (and/or MST) and, specifically, which system you use.

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Weekend poll: Do you use Google Photos cloud backup?

Google Photos' unlimited cloud backup is one of the best things Google's done with an app product in a while, if you ask me. Unlimited storage of intelligently compressed (or original quality for some phones) photos and videos means you can keep every moment your smartphone (or other camera) captures without ever [realistically] worrying about storage space. It's great. But other photo backup services do exist, and some people just don't like to use (or trust) the cloud for backing up their personal data.

So, do you use Google Photos cloud backup feature? If not, why not?

Do you use Google Photos cloud backup?

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Weekend poll: Where and how did you buy your Google Pixel?

Last weekend, I asked you if you bought a Google Pixel (or ordered one) - about 5,000 of you responded that you had. Interestingly, the most popular model among Android Police readers looks to be the 128GB XL, which is the most expensive Pixel you can buy. Google's financing and availability through Verizon no doubt are the reason for this: by spreading payments over a term of months, you greatly reduce the immediate financial impact of what would otherwise be a nearly thousand-dollar purchase. Outside the US, though, the availability of such things is more limited.

This week, I want to know where and how you bought your Google Pixel.

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Weekend poll: So, did you buy a Pixel (or pre-order one)?

This weekend's poll is a predictable one, but hopefully interesting in its results nonetheless. Did you buy a Pixel or Pixel XL? I'm going to try and give a good number of options so that we can see how sales among Android Police readers were broken up in terms of SKU, as well (though we won't discuss colors today).

We're going to look at version - Pixel or Pixel XL - as well as storage variant. If you bought more than one Pixel, please choose the option for the device you think you intend to primarily use. Next week, I think we'll look at how you bought your Pixel, because that's an interesting question given Google's new financing options, as well as Verizon and Best Buy retail availability.

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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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