Poll results: tiny phones are a viable backup plan

Nowadays, phones are getting bigger and bigger, but our pockets aren’t. With a huge phablet in your pocket, especially one that has a glass back, it becomes a tedious task to take it out of your pocket for every received notification. And what if you want to hit the gym? People prefer to leave their expensive handset in the locker or at home and either disconnect from the world, or bring in a backup.

A backup like an old and probably smaller phone, or a smartwatch. That way, one gets enough functionality to remain connected to the world, yet don’t run the risk of dropping and stepping on …

Poll results: HomePod gets little love, but supporting Spotify might fix that

The Apple HomePod is out and reviewers and early adopters are all enjoying its spatially-calibrated audio. It’s an impressive piece of hardware for sure, but it suffers from a couple of limitations. It’s no surprise that Apple released a product that is locked to its ecosystem — HomePod can only stream music from Apple Music. But the point is driven further by the fact that there’s no aux jack and you can’t connect to it via Bluetooth. You only get to send audio to it via Apple’s AirPlay.

With its omnidirectional audio and deep bass, the HomePod is great on sound, but the fact that it is …

Poll results: No love for phones on Valentine's day

While we love to get expensive stuff for those we love, some holidays just don’t call for this type of devotion. And they don’t call for gadgets and gizmos. Well, that’s all according to personal perception, of course — nobody can tell you what you and your special someone like to get as a present.

But we thought we’d ask you — seeing how many red- or pink-themed phones get launched around Valentine’s Day each year, and seeing the many BOGO deals or buy one, get one at a discount deals, we were wondering — how many of you go out and get a phone for their better half?

So, we posted …

Let's finish that poll: Android One or Xiaomi MIUI 9? Vote here

You may have heard of Xiaomi — the China-based tech company that grew to prominence with its bargain-priced, flagship-grade phones. A lot of them are sold internationally through 3rd party retailers, so you may even be one of the few people that bit the bullet and bought one of these bargains.

Xiaomi is known for another thing besides its affordable phones, though — its super-heavy Android re-skin. Dubbed MIUI, it’s Xiaomi’s own interface that makes the operating system look in a whole different way.

This is why the release of the Xiaomi Mi A1 was such a big deal — the phone is built …

Xiaomi removes all traces of Twitter poll that had Android One topping MIUI

Last September, the Xiaomi Mi A1 was launched. This is an Android One handset which means that it did not come with Xiaomi’s own MIUI skin. The latter has been criticized by Xiaomi’s own fans and users of the company’s handsets. But now that Xiaomi has released an Android One phone, the company felt that it might be a good time to poll consumers to see which UI they prefer.

Now, looking at this from Xiaomi’s point of view, the company is not going to run such a poll on Twitter unless it is pretty sure that the results are going to be in its favor. Based on an image that was posted on a sub-reddit …

Did Verizon and AT&T swing to miss on the Mate 10 Pro? (poll results)

We asked you yesterday what do you think about the pressure that lawmakers put on Verizon and AT&T to ditch the deal with Huawei on the Mate 10 and 10 Pro, and it seems that the overwhelming opinion is carriers have missed out on good phones, though 21% of our respondents think that there is a reason for that. In any case, you can still get the Mate 10 Pro from Best Buy and other places, and use it on the T-Mobile or AT&T, though Verizon’s approval would be a no-go now.
The emotional outburst of Huawei’s CEO at the CES keynote was …

Would you like Apple to launch a gold iPhone X? (poll results)

Apple is currently selling the iPhone X in just two color
variants (silver and space gray), but there have been plenty of rumors about a
gold version of the handset.


Before Apple got to announce the iPhone X, well-connected analyst
Ming-Chi Kuo mentioned that, due to unspecified production problems, the
company might release a gold variant of the phone sometime after the silver
and space grey models. Since then, we haven’t seen any new info about this, so
there’s no way of telling if a gold iPhone X will ever be available to buy. But
we were curious to know what you, our readers, thought …

Verizon vs AT&T vs Sprint vs T-Mobile: which is your preferred carrier in 2017? (Poll Results)

Verizon, AT&T, Sprint or T-Mobile: which one is your preferred carrier in 2017?
That’s what we asked you, our readers, just a few days ago, and we have now closed the voting and the results of the poll are in.
Out of the big four US carriers, an overwhelming majority of our readers have voiced their preference for T-Mobile. Once the underdog, T-Mobile with outspoken CEO John Legere at the helm has been building 4G LTE towers, boosting coverage and LTE speed, and it has won FCC’s important 600MHz auction this year, …

What's your favorite smartphone trend for 2017? (poll results)

We didn’t ask for a lot of the overarching trends that phone makers forced on us in 2017, then jacked up the average selling prices, but they are here nonetheless, so we asked last week what’s your favorite of the tendencies emerged this year, like better screen-to-body ratios, or HDR displays. We got more than 2000 respondents, and 53% of those are of the opinion that the “all-screen” “bezel-less” trend is the most positive thing that happened to handsets this year. The increase in battery life (at least on average) was the second most welcome trend, while the rest …

Apple should've been more upfront about throttling iPhones with weaker batteries (poll results)

After Apple acknowledged that iPhones with aged or weaker for whatever other reason batteries will take a hit in peak performance, we asked you if Apple could have given the explanation beforehand, along with the introduction of the processor throttling feature in iOS 10.2.1. The vast majority of our 2089 respondents replied in the affirmative, stating that the company should have warned users with iPhones two years and older that their devices might become slower due to processor throttling, unless they visit a service center to swap the battery. …