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[Weekend Poll] Would You Be Interested In An Android Phone With A Physical Keyboard?

The upcoming, unnamed BlackBerry slider phone running Android has leaked almost completely at this point. The short version: it's an Android phone with some BlackBerry apps, services, and a freaking slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Because BlackBerry.

BlackBerry's keyboards were held in the highest esteem by "productivity-oriented" mobile users for years because of the comparative slowness of T9 and the general lack of software keyboards until the iPhone arrived on the scene. Even then, touchscreen keyboards had plenty of evolving left to do - support for advanced multitouch, swiping, auto-completion of words, and increasing overall speed and responsiveness.

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[Weekend Poll] Are You Interested In The New Moto 360, Flat Tire And All?

A new Moto 360 is coming soon - we all but know that at this point. We also think it will come in two sizes, and that it will still have a flat tire.

But Motorola isn't the only stylish watch game in town anymore. The Huawei Watch is anticipated to launch at some point this year, and Fossil teased a brand-new Intel-based smartwatch last week (... that also has a flat tire screen).

But the Moto 360 was easily the crowd favorite among the first generation of Wear devices, and it stands to reason that the second iteration will likely keep some of that hype moving forward, deflated circular display or otherwise.

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[Weekend Poll] Are You Buying A Galaxy S6 Edge+ Or Note 5?

The Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Note 5 are going to launch in a huge number of countries around the world starting next week, despite having been unveiled just a few days ago.

The general take of the Android Police team is that both phones are essentially blown-up Galaxy S6s. The S6 Edge+ is, of course, a giant S6 Edge. The Note 5 is basically an S6 with a stylus. (Oddly, though, both lack the S6's infrared blaster.)

They use the same basic version of TouchWiz, the same basic version of Android, and have very similar styling. They have the same chipset, the same RAM, the same storage, the same cameras, and the same display technology and resolution.

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[Weekend Poll & Discussion] Is Android TV Yet Another Living Room Flop For Google? Do You Have One?

When Android TV launched, it did so to an attitude that, at best, could be described as lukewarm. Google has attempted to corner the living room for years now, and its most successful attempt  - the Chromecast - has essentially undercut Google's own more ambitious TV products.

Google TV never really had a chance - it was slow, the hardware was never particularly powerful, and the remotes were a nightmare. Google eventually let GTV die by slowly letting it fade into uselessness piece by piece.

Chromecast actually launched before Google TV was really "dead" in any official sense, and its success was immediate.

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[Weekend Poll] Should App Developers Ignore Bug Reports From Users Running Modified Firmware On Their Device?

A discussion on Google+ started yesterday by Yahooer (and former Nexus device maintainer) JBQ about modified firmware and app bug/crash reports has started something of a debate: should developers actually heed crash and other logs from users with things such as modified frameworks, or even custom ROMs?

On the extreme end of the spectrum, the popular Xposed module allows you to heavily modify the behavior, appearance, and other aspects of the Android OS. It also unabashedly is a source of compatibility issues in some third-party apps, because it can change, add, or remove things that third-party apps simply aren't going to account for.

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[Weekend Poll] Fingerprint Scanners: Must-Have Or Meh?

Fingerprint scanners are finally coming into their own - near-instant touch readers are replacing tired, old, swipe scanners, and they're more accurate, much faster, and a hell of a lot easier to operate. But do you actually want one?

There have been precious few phones with touch-style scanners released to date. The iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S6, and HTC One M9+ are the most notable, but they aren't the only ones, and increasing numbers of high-end phones will likely integrate them in the coming months and years.

Personally, I love them - I hate entering a PIN or pattern to unlock my phone, and I don't always wear my smart lock-enabled smartwatch when I'm carrying my phone.

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[Weekend Poll] Would The Loss Of An SD Card And Removable Battery Make You Less Likely To Buy A Galaxy Note 5?

While far from completely definite, strong rumors abound that the Galaxy Note 5 will not have a removable battery or an SD card slot. Given that the phone is suspected to essentially be a giant Galaxy S6 with a stylus, that makes sense.

What may not make sense is the continued allure of the Note series of devices if this is true, at least among you - people who read Android Police. The stylus isn't without value to some users (I, personally, have never been one of them), but the flexibility of a removable battery and expandable storage have long made the Note series the all-around power user device of choice among Android fans.

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[Weekend Poll & Discussion] Are You Satisfied With Your Phone's Battery Life?

This seems like an obvious question, but we're curious regardless: are you happy with your phone's battery life?

Battery life on Android seems to go through a never-ending topsy-turvy ride between "almost good enough" and "outright terrible" depending on the phone, the software, and the underlying version of the OS. There are so many phones running so much different software at many screen resolutions with many chipsets and battery sizes, and those variables are a constant source of debate and issue among Android enthusiasts.

I'm daily driving my Nexus 6 on the M Preview 2, and battery life is... not great.

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[Weekend Poll & Discussion] How Long Have You Been With Your Current Wireless Carrier? Why Have You Stuck With Them (Or Not)?

Wireless carriers should, in theory, just be dumb pipes you choose from on the basis of coverage and cost, but oftentimes we hear from commenters who have stuck it out with one provider or another in spite of poor service or high rates. We want to know how long you've been with your current wireless carrier continuously - as in, how many months in a row have you had service with this provider?

I'm currently semi-stuck on AT&T here in the US, semi-by choice, and pay a semi-reasonable-I-guess cost for my service. I've been on AT&T now for a solid 2.5 years continuously, though I'm thinking I may switch later this year if T-Mobile really does keep improving coverage and service outside of major metro areas.

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[Weekend Poll & Discussion] Do You Use Google Drive? For What? Do You Like It?

Google Drive is becoming quite a big product. With Google Photos now being a thing (and deeply integrated with Drive), the subjugation of Docs, Sheets, and Slides under the Drive banner, and continued and increasingly powerful integration with apps and services on Android, the once fairly simple cloud storage locker is now quite a flexible product.

So, we're curious: do you actually use it? For what, exactly? Do you like Drive? For the purpose of this poll, "using" Drive should be interpreted to mean actively, not simply that you use apps or services which happen to make use of Drive functionality.

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