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Weekend Poll: Do You Shoot Images In RAW/DNG On Your Smartphone Camera?

Most high-end and even a number of mid-range Android smartphones today allow you to capture images with the rear camera in the "RAW" DNG format. The reason for this feature's existence has always been a bit befuddling to me, personally, though. While I can understand why a professional photographer found camera-less in a situation where an image absolutely must be captured and is forced to use their smartphone would want to use RAW capture, that's a hell of a niche use case.

The reason we most often hear is that RAW images are "better" for editing, which in and of itself I find myself grappling with.

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[Weekend Poll] Do You Plan To Buy A New Smartphone This Year?

There seems to be a prevailing logic that more and more people are choosing to hold onto their smartphones longer than ever before. Part of this, certainly, is that smartphones are just getting better. But increasingly, we're seeing inexpensive smartphones offering "premium" specifications at much lower prices, prices so low that even upgrading annually you might end up spending less than the every-two-years model with a high-end device.

So, do you plan on buying a new smartphone this year? Vote in the poll, and tell us why or why not in the comments!

Do you plan to buy a new smartphone - for yourself - this year (2016)?

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[Weekend Poll] How Happy Are You With Your Carrier's Mobile Data Speeds?

I'm working on an article about 5G - it is becoming increasingly, exasperatingly long - and one of the major themes I'm finding is that new mobile technology is often touted as being the silver bullet for a problem with existing technology. For example: my AT&T LTE service here in Los Angeles sucks, like sub-1Mbps up and down speeds outside not next to a tall building. I've started using HSPA+ more and more just to avoid LA's ultra-congested AT&T LTE network - it's that bad in my area. 5G, of course, promises to fix all of this (I won't get into the hows and whys here - that's what the article is for).

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[Weekend Poll] What Is Your Ideal Smartphone Screen Size?

Believe it not, we've only run this poll once before - I know, I was shocked, too. And the last time we ran it? 2011. Needless to say, display size preference on smartphones has likely changed a fair bit since then, and I'm quite curious to see how.

In 2011, just 19% of people wanted a display larger than 4.7" - the largest category we put in the poll! Today, that seems pretty small, doesn't it? Unfortunately, using the 2011 poll's exact dimension choices won't really work well given the size of today's smartphones - there aren't exactly many sub-3.5" displays out there anymore.

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[Weekend Poll] Galaxy S7, LG G5, Or HTC 10?

This weekend's poll is a good old-fashioned smartphone shootout in the simplest of terms: whose 2016 flagship do you think ranks supreme?

Samsung's Galaxy S7 showed up on the scene first this year, and it made a big splash (waterproofing puns aside). By going the Apple route and offering the "same" phone in two different sizes, Samsung's also allowing consumers a choice that LG and HTC are not with the G5 and 10, and I see a lot of big-phone fans opting for the S7 edge as their most recent smartphone upgrade choice. (Our review.)

The LG G5, well, you know I'm not its biggest fan (review here), but LG has a fanbase, and at least some of those fans can see something in the G5 that puts it over the top of its competitors this year.

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[Weekend Poll] How Many Pictures Do You Take With Your Smartphone's Camera, On Average?

Smartphone cameras are often at the forefront of hardware evolution year over year when the latest and greatest devices are announced. Whether it be larger pixels, more pixels, better auto-focus, processing, lenses, or literally more cameras, smartphone makers are constantly trying to tell us that the cameras on their devices are always better than they were just twelve months - or less - prior.

This weekend's poll is easy: how many photos do you typically snap in a month? That's not a terribly hard thing to estimate (heck, just go into your gallery and look at dates / frequency of photo taking), so I've given some pretty tightly tuned options that I hope will encompass most of your use cases.

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[Weekend Poll] Do Smartphone Accessories / Add-On Hardware Actually Matter To You? Would You Buy Them?

LG's G5 has proven nothing if not a divisive and unique piece of hardware. While I understand that many people do like the phone, I had a hard time coming to a favorable conclusion when evaluating it over the last few weeks. Conclusions aside, I want to talk about smartphone accessories - and I don't mean TPU cases (well, maybe HTC's Dot View or Samsung's new copycat thereof may count).

When I look at buying a smartphone, I'm looking at the smartphone. Freebies that come to loyal pre-order customers are always nice, but the vast majority of consumers buy a phone and generally a phone only (again, aside from a case) these days when they walk into a store or submit an order online.

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[Weekend Poll] Do You Own (Or Have You Ordered) A VR Device?

This weekend's poll isn't explicitly Android-themed, but it is tangentially Android-related. VR is a big thing these days - everyone and their brother seems to be working on or investigating a VR platform. Rumors of Google developing its own full-on standalone VR headset have emerged from reputable sources, making it seem likely that 2016 will mark the dawn of the VR Wars.

Right now, Oculus Rifts are gearing up to ship, free Gear VRs (developed by Oculus and Samsung) are set to ship to likely hundreds of thousands of S7 and S7 edge owners, HTC Vives are up for pre-ordering, LG has its 360 VR headset as a freebie for G5 pre-orders on some carriers, and the low-cost Google Cardboard has proliferated since its announcement at Google I/O almost two years ago.

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[Weekend Poll] Are You Considering Purchasing An LG G5?

The LG G5 comes into 2016 the unabashed underdog to Samsung's Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. While Samsung is refining its lineup - based on a largely successful reimagining in the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge+ of last year - with more practical benefits this time around (better camera, much better battery life), LG's smartphone identity seems more than a bit confused.

Last year's V10 was very successful with owners, especially those who didn't find what they wanted in the G4 (most people I've talked to with a V10 love it), but that phone doesn't quite ring as mainstream - it's a powerhouse of specifications and general capability.

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[Weekend Discussion] Let's Talk Android N: Favorite Features, Small Changes, And More - What's N To You?

The Android N preview is here, and we're all rather excited about it. (Galaxy S7? G5? Mi 5? What's that?) Android N, even in its primordial preview form, is already showing us tons of new features and changes to the Android OS at large. There are over forty Android N stories on Android Police already, and N has been announced for under a week. And we're still on the first preview. There's a lot going on here.

And there's doubtless more we haven't discovered yet. Changes that will pop up as the N preview continues to update over the next four-plus months, the longest preview of any Android OS release yet.

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