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[Weekend Poll] Where Do You Prefer The Headphone Jack - Top Or Bottom?

Today's question could be a contentious one, or it might not - I'm genuinely unsure. I know that for many people, headphone jack placement on a smartphone can be a point of consternation when it's anything but <insert your preference here.> As someone who reviews smartphones, I deal with all kinds of headphone jack placements. Well, when I say "all kinds," I mean basically five: top left, top middle, top right, bottom left, and bottom right.

I find no particular position objectionable - I've yet to find a smartphone with a bottom-middle headphone jack - and tend to get to used to them pretty quickly.

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[Weekend Poll] How Do You Secure Your Phone's Lock Screen?

Device security is a pretty personal thing, and we all likely have a given level of security we're comfortable with before impracticality starts to get in the way. While a secure lock screen is highly advisable, some of us still don't even do that (which is slightly scary) because it can be an annoying barrier to using your phone.

Google knows this, and features like Smart Lock have attempted to combat lockscreen non-usage by linking device security to connected devices, your face, your location, your voice, or even whether your phone thinks it's actually on your person. The idea being that if you're too lazy or encumbered by a traditional lockscreen (or don't have a fingerprint scanner), your phone can have a variety of "safe" scenarios in which it's probably OK for your device to be unlocked, only locking when those conditions aren't met.

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[Weekend Poll & Discussion] Nexus 5X And 6P Owners: What Issues, If Any, Are You Having With Your Devices?

The Nexus 5X and 6P are both pretty good smartphones. But they're not without flaws - and this weekend, we'd like to talk about what issues have troubled your new Nexuses now that you've had a couple of months (well, some of you) with your devices.

I just recently acquired a Nexus 6P, and I've barely had time to use it with a number of phone reviews on my calendar. But the few days I did use it as my daily driver, I was generally quite satisified. But that's really no time at all, and as we've heard in dozens of emails from you, our readers, both of these devices do have issues, and we'd love to know which ones are the most widespread, serious, or just plain weird.

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[Weekend Poll] What Kind Of Headphones Do You Use With Your Smartphone? Wired? Wireless?

As all sorts of headphone form-factors begin to go wireless (and come down in price), the personal audio market is being increasingly shaped by the smartphones we often listen to our music through. Because of things like Bluetooth allowing us to go wire-free, many people are more comfortable choosing a style or variety of headphone that appeals to their listening preferences as opposed to mere ergonomic concerns.

So, what kind of headphones do you use with your smartphone? I've tried to provide a pretty complete list here, with the option to choose multiple items if you regularly use more than one kind of headphone.

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[Weekend Poll] What Is Holding Back Android Tablets More, The UI/Features Or The Apps?

Tablets are a tricky business. For a while there, it looked like tablets might well overwhelm the consumer laptop market with their excellent portability, wireless accessory prowess, and generally better-than-a-laptop battery life. Everyone was also pretty hip on the novelty of the touchscreen in the early tablet days, too, and laptops had yet to really catch up on that front.

But the tablet market has now begun to stagnate, and competition has become more heated than ever before. Ultraportable convertible devices like the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and other similar form factor experiments are attempting to prove that a tablet can be a real laptop, or vice-versa.

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[Weekend Poll] Does Your Phone Have A MicroSD Card? Do You Use It?

The price-per-gigabyte of microSD cards has absolutely plummeted over the last 5 years. Yesterday, Amazon had a 24-hour deal on a SanDisk 200GB microSD for just $80. That's scarcely more than what a decent 240GB SSD costs these days.

So, does your smartphone have a microSD slot? We know most of our audience are Nexus phone users, so most of you should answer "no" to this question just based on our web metrics. But I'm more interested in, if it does have one, whether or not you actually use it.

MicroSD cards have something of a tortured history in relation to Android smartphones.

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[Weekend Poll] Do You Use Hangouts For SMS And / Or MMS?

I won't beat around the bush: there's a rumor Google Hangouts may lose its originally much-demanded SMS and MMS capabilities. Google's potential reasoning aside, this is very obviously a user experience concern for everyone who makes use of Hangouts on a daily basis. Even if you don't use Hangouts for SMS or MMS regularly (or ever), the fact that it can do these things may well be a reason to stick with the service in favor of other, competing messaging platforms.

But if Hangouts loses its SMS/MMS powers, that's undoubtedly going to definitely not go over well with anyone who uses it for...

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[Weekend Poll] Are You Buying A Pixel C?

My feelings on the Pixel C are no great secret, but Google's latest hardware product still undeniably delivers on the large-format, premium Android tablet promise the Nexus 9 kind of failed to live up to last year. The Pixel C is Nexus 10-like in its size, but the 1:√2 aspect ratio gives it a more squared-off shape, as opposed to the old Nexus 10's media-focused 16:9 layout.

While Google is positioning the Pixel C as a "pro" sort of device, aside from the keyboard dock, none of that productive promise is really yet delivered on. As such, for now the Pixel C is just like any other Android tablet, which may be desirable depending on just what it is you want out of a device like this.

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[Weekend Poll] Are You Using Google Now On Tap? How Often?

Google Now On Tap was easily the most futuristic feature to be demoed when Android 6.0 was previewed at Google I/O earlier this year. We longed for it, anticipated it, and when it finally arrived... most of us didn't really find a use for it.

I'll be honest: I had completely forgotten Now On Tap even existed until Artem suggested this weekend's poll topic, one that I think will yield some interesting results. I haven't ever used Now On Tap in a serious way, only once or twice for demo purposes (as in the photo above), and I'm not even able to think of a single situation where it'd be much more helpful than, say, copying and pasting or just using voice search to perform a query.

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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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