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Weekend poll: How much mobile data do you use in a typical month?

As the content we consume on our smartphones becomes ever richer - HD videos, high-bitrate music, complex webpages - it seems inevitable that our data usage on mobile networks is just going to keep going up, up, up.

But as our need for more and more gee-bees grows with each passing year, our mobile data plans may not keep up with our demands, and we're forced to pace ourselves to avoid overage fees or reduced service. This week's poll asks just how much mobile data (i.e., not Wi-Fi) you use personally.

For the purpose of this poll, do not include the consumption of your entire family, just your own.

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Weekend poll: Do you stream music to your phone, or store it locally?

Streaming music is, to me, a wonderful thing - it allows me to have my 7,000+ song library anywhere in the world that I have a connection to the internet, and there's a lot to be said for that (and at 60GB, it's not all getting stored on my phone any time soon). But if I'm travelling, especially on a long flight or car trip, I'll definitely download some tunes locally for the journey.

All said, though, I probably stream substantially more music versus using locally-stored files overall. How's the mix break down for you? Are you a streamer or a storer?

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Weekend poll: What smart TV system do you use?

The war for your television's operating system (or, the operating system / platform you use to display content on it) is heating up. CES saw a refresh of the loved SHIELD Android TV console, and a new such box from Dish. We also saw Alexa on TVs, as well as continued attempts by the likes of Samsung and LG to push their own smart TV solutions.

So, I wanted to get a snapshot of what kind of smart TV system you're using here at the beginning of 2017. I'm allowing multiple answers on this poll, because I think people definitely may use a variety of platforms depending on both the TV and the content they're consuming, as not all platforms offer all services or features.

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Weekend poll: When is the last time you bought an Android tablet?

Not to put too much of a dramatic spin on it, but Android tablets are definitely not in a good spot right now. The last Android-powered tablet to elicit anything but indifference was the Pixel C, and its confusing roots and questionable value left it far from being universally praised. The only tablet line not made by Apple that seems to get consistent acknowledgment in terms of sales success is Amazon's Kindle Fire family, which are based on Android but run Amazon's incompatible Fire OS fork.

This weekend's poll is about proper Android tablets - not the Amazon knockoffs.

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Android Police Readers' Choice Award 2016: Cast your vote for the best smartphone of the year

What's your pick for best smartphone of 2016? For the first time (well, that I can remember), we're asking you to cast your vote for the phone you think stole the show this year. I've assembled a list of 15 devices that I think stood out in one way or another in 2016, so please note that the list does not purport to be exhaustive - this is, gently, curated.

With that in mind, consider your vote carefully. The tallying will continue through December 16th at 11:59PM PST, at which point the poll will close. We will announce the winner in a separate post the following week, declaring that phone the recipient of the Android Police Readers' Choice Award for Best Smartphone of 2016.

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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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