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Weekend poll: Would you be interested in an Android Police "premium" subscription that removes ads?

Late last week, we announced that we were ending our trial run of Google's Contributor 2.0 platform. The system, which sounds great in theory, allows readers of a website to remove ads from it in exchange for paying a small amount of money per pageview. In reality, the system is quite buggy and presents a number of serious user experience issues, and as such, we've decided that it's not worth the headache.

However, on that post, many of you asked why we weren't able to offer an ad-free Android Police experience in exchange for a subscription-based fee. The answer to that, for now, is that such a system is rather complicated to set up, but we do want to gauge interest in such a thing among you, our readers.

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Poll: Blobmoji or O-moji?

Android O will see a major revamp of the OS's emoji art. This revamp is, to put it in the most objective terms possible, bad. But maybe some people like bad things, and I can respect that. So, today I'm asking you all to voice your (possibly very bad) opinions about the upcoming change to Android's previously-wonderful little feelings-blobs which will see them transformed into over-designed knockoffs of Apple and Samsung's emoji libraries.

This post is very, very tongue in cheek. Also, it's the day before the fourth of July, and things are a little slow. If you're celebrating, have a happy fourth tomorrow, and if not, we'll be back in full force here on Wednesday.

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Weekend poll: How much did you pay for your current smartphone?

Around a year and a half ago, I asked you how much your smartphone cost. Today, I'm asking again, and very I'm curious to see how much the results will have shifted over time.

When I ran this poll in late 2015, the plurality of you answered in the $400-599 bracket, with $300-399 coming in second. Very few of you paid more than $800 for your smartphone, too - around 5%.

With the Galaxy S8+ and 128GB Google Pixel XL both being fairly popular handsets and both generally costing over $800, I have to wonder just how much of a boost that price bracket will see in our polling.

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Weekend poll: Does your phone have a USB-C port or microUSB?

Adoption of the new USB-C port standard has commenced surprisingly rapidly. While there are some holdouts in the world of budget phones, every major smartphone manufacturer but Apple has embraced the new port, even if across various levels of the USB standard or support for features like USB Power Delivery (USB-PD).

USB-C brought long-awaited features like a fully-reversible connector, increased charging speeds without "breaking" the USB standard, support for USB 3.0 and 3.1 features (well, for phones that have them), and the increasing adoption of things like USB audio. USB-C is, frankly, a no-brainer.

So, among Android Police readers, I'm curious how many of you have smartphones with USB-C ports.

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Weekend poll: How many photos are synced to your Google Photos account?

The Google account dashboard is a pretty cool way to see what's going on with your Google account, and the last time we ran a poll utilizing stats from it, we asked you how many apps Google thought you'd installed to your various devices. This week, we're doing Google Photos.

To see how many Photos are synced to your Google Photos account, just head to https://myaccount.google.com/dashboard and scroll down until your see the entry for Photos, as shown below.

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Weekend poll: Do you use a tablet?

Tablets as a form factor seem to be headed for niche-ification in the near future. Sales are down, consumer interest seems low, and smartphones are just getting bigger and better, allowing us to do things that may have seemed a bit impractical on a handset as little as five years ago. Laptops, too, are seeing a resurgence: they last longer, do more, and are becoming even more portable and versatile, often offering touchscreens and convertible designs that make them work as quasi-tablets when needed.

So, I'm curious, nearly halfway through 2017, how many of you still use a tablet? How often?

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Weekend poll: Screen protector or no?

In seven years of smartphone ownership, I can't say I've ever bought a screen protector for any of my handsets. They feel weird, they put a layer between you and the screen, and I really just don't like the way they look. But, there's no denying that a proper tempered glass sheet can save your phone from catastrophe along with reducing the signs of general wear and tear, and a plastic one can at least do the latter.

As smartphones start to adopt curved screens, though, screen protectors have become less practical, and manufacturers are more and more touting the inherent toughness of their devices when it comes to resisting impacts (if not so much scratches).

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Weekend poll: Inbox or Gmail?

Google Inbox and Gmail have been competing for our hearts (and email) for some time now, and it doesn't seem like Google is slowing down development of either [great] app. Clearly, Gmail is for some, and Inbox for others - so which one are you?

I'm personally keeping one foot in both doors right now. I use Inbox for 100% of my personal email on both mobile and desktop, and I have zero inclination to go back. I also use Inbox for work email here at Android Police when I'm on the go. But on the desktop, AP email goes through a fairly fastidiously managed tabbed Gmail layout, something I'm not sure I could function without.

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Weekend poll: Do you regularly use VR?

2017 is supposed to be the year of VR. (Or was it 2016?) As such, I'm curious how many of you are doing your virtual duty to the tech trend overlords and engaging with this content. Mobile VR headsets are all the rage right now, with players coming out of the woodwork all over the place in an effort to get in on the ground floor of the VR revolution.

Except, I'm curious if you, bleeding-edge tech enthusiasts, actually even care about or use VR (or, have used it more than a handful of times after relegating your headset to an indefinite residence in the closet).

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Weekend poll: What phone do you think stole the show at MWC 2017?

MWC 2017 is over, and now we all know what was unveiled. Sony, Motorola, LG, Nokia, BlackBerry Huawei, and others all unveiled new smartphones ranging from the most basic to flagship-level, and this weekend's poll will have you pick among some of the most prominent contenders for a winner.

To give you a brief rundown, the highlights were: the LG G6, Sony's Xperia XZ Premium, BlackBerry's KeyONE, Huawei's P10, Nokia's various Android phones (and the 3310), and Moto's G5 and G5 Plus.

Between them, who do you think came away with the lion's share of the glory?

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