MobileTechRoundup 342: Are two new flagship phones worth one Chromebook Pixel?

Hands on with the HTC One M9 and Galaxy S6 Edge, plus thoughts on new Apple Watch apps and the Fitbit Charge HR

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MoTR 342 is 58 minutes long and is a 27 MB file in MP3 format.

HOSTS: Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia)

TOPICS:

  • Matt’s decision to keep or return the Chromebook Pixel?
  • HTC One M9 or Samsung Galaxy S6 (or maybe neither)?
  • Oh, and HTC has a phablet too: Hello HTC One E9+
  • Windows 10 test build expands to nearly all Lumias
  • The first Apple Watch apps are here, even if the watch isn’t
  • Fitbit Surge is getting better

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MobileTechRoundup 318: HTC One M8 or Galaxy S5? (Or maybe a new Lumia!)

After a few week’s hiatus, we’re back with hands-on thoughts of the latest flagship phones, Windows Phone 8.1, the Garmin vivofit and more!

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MoTR 318 is 75 minutes long and is a 66.9 MB file in MP3 format.

HOSTS: Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia)

TOPICS:

  • Thoughts on the HTC One (M8)
  • How about that Galaxy S5?
  • What a deal: the OnePlus One starts at $299
  • Windows Phone 8.1 and Nokia Lumia 630/930 devices
  • Matt’s testing a Garmin vivofit
  • Dell Venue 8 Pro (Kevin picked one up at Costco yesterday)
  • OK Google Everywhere sounds awesome!

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MobileTechRoundup 315: Mobile World Congress is now in session!

Early news out of MWC and some hands on with Google Glass and the Sony Xperia Z1s.

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MoTR 315 is 70 minutes long and is a 63.3 MB file in MP3 format.

HOSTS: Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia)

TOPICS:

  • LG and Google working on a watch based on Google Now. Nexus on your wrist?/li>

  • Samsung outs a pair of Gear watches; both run….. Tizen?!?
  • Kevin ordered his own Google Glass and the Bold frames. Some thoughts on the new glasses.
  • Hands on with a pair of 8-inch Windows tablets: Toshiba Encore and Lenovo Miix 2 (What the UMPC was meant to be)
  • Fitbit Force goes bye bye (I'm keeping mine though)
  • Samung announces Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, still both with terrible battery life
  • Nokia Lumia ICON launched, MS announces new WP partners LG and Lenovo
  • Hands-on thoughts of the Xperia Z1s on T-Mobile
  • Nokia and HTC make up while HTC talks about next One and wearable device, announcement on 25 March in NY. HTC Advantage program, is it enough?

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MobileTechRoundup 314: Have a slice of Pi with your tech history

Happy 30th birthday Mac, although you weren’t the first tech for us. We go way back our first computers, discuss the latest Microsoft Surface sales figures and chat about Beats Music.

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MoTR 314 is 68 minutes long and is a 58 MB file in MP3 format.

HOSTS: Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia)

TOPICS:

  • Google Play Movies / TV Shows on iOS – another reason you can live on iOS but still have a great Google experience.
  • Kevin has resurrected his Nexus One with Android 4.4.2!
  • Firefox OS coming to a tablet. Does it matter?
  • Surface Pro 2 faulty firmware fix is rolling out.
  • Nokia Normandy thoughts
  • Microsoft and Nokia financials: Surface success and Lumia failures
  • Beats launches another streaming music service
  • Mac's 30th birthday: What was your first one?

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MobileTechRoundup 313: The CES hangover

We’re back from CES, both literally and figuratively! Time to catch up on all the new gadgets and devices.

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MoTR 313 is 74 minutes long and is a 63.5 MB file in MP3 format.

HOSTS: Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia)

TOPICS:

  • CES thoughts both from afar and on the floor.
  • 2 new Chrome OS devices at CES (Toshiba Chromebook and LG Chromebase)
  • Matt ordered a Chromebook!
  • Fitbit Force at CES: 82k steps and 37 miles this year! More important: Caller ID coming next month.
  • Samsung's new NotePro looks interesting: 12.2-inches with up to 4 apps on the screen at one time.
  • Kevin's tweet that reflects the changing times: “At 2006 CES I used nothing but Intel-powered devices to cover the show. This year? 90% ARM devices. iPad Air w/LTE & Zagg Folio mostly.”
  • Nokia Lumia 520 is fun Nokia Music player and more. Related: Nokia Lumia Black rollout in the works.
  • T-Mobile Uncarrier 4: ETF, expanded LTE, new devices
  • Pebble Steel

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MobileTechRoundup 312: Simple gadgets may be the best

Lots of gadgets were purchased lately but some were returned. Hear the whole list, as well as why, along with CES plans and more.

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MoTR 312 is 71 minutes long and is a 62 MB file in MP3 format.

HOSTS: Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia)

TOPICS:

  • What devices came and went over the past few weeks?
  • Early impressions of the Qualcomm Toq smartwatch. Nice hardware; software needs some work
  • The Fitbit Force is with Kevin
  • Google really needs to update the Pixel to the latest Haswell chips. For the same $1299, Kevin picked up a 13" MBP Retina which benchmarks faster in Chrome and gets 9 hours of battery (Pixel only gets 5-ish)
  • Speaking of Chromebooks, the HP 11 is back on sale! 🙂
  • CES: First time with no dedicated camera? iPhone 5 plus iPad Air is an all-in-one photo / video editing solution that's pretty solid based on my tests.
  • Matt tried Moto G for wife, returned and she is back to the HTC One Mini

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MobileTechRoundup 310: A first look at the Lumia 1520 and 2520

Lumia 1520 and 2520 hands on plus news on MotoMaker and Google services getting improvements on iOS.

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MoTR 310 is 74 minutes long and is a 62.3 MB file in MP3 format.

HOSTS: Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia)

TOPICS:

  • Initial thoughts of the Sprint HTC One Max
  • Moto Maker launches across carriers, prices are $100 less than original
  • Moto G thoughts
  • Initial thoughts on Lumia 1520 and 2520, launching on AT&T this week
  • Apple and Google continue to provide enhanced iOS services (Google Music, Google Now)
  • The Pebble iOS connection destroys Pebble battery life
  • UP24 and 3.0 software announced for iOS
  • iPad Air and Nexus 5 come and gone for Matt

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MobileTechRoundup 307: Galaxy Note, Galaxy Gear and the HP Chromebook 11

Hands on with all three new Samsung Galaxy products plus the HP Chromebook 11.

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MoTR 307 is 72 minutes long and is a 61 MB file in MP3 format.

HOSTS: Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia)

TOPICS:

  • Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Gear and Galaxy Note 10.1: The power of the PEN! 🙂
  • Kevin got his unlocked iPhone 5s: Hard not to recommend this phone to anyone
  • HP Chromebook 11 – a really nice ARM-based Chrome OS experience for $279. BUT: There's a $249 Acer C720 with Haswell on the way.
  • Twitter for tablets…. or rather A tablet. 🙁
  • Samsung Galaxy Round: seems like a gimmick
  • Fitbit Force

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MobileTechRoundup 306: iOS 7, Google Wallet for all, iPhone 5s for some, BBM for none

iOS 7 and the new iPhones are here. So too is — or was — BBM for Android and iOS. And Google Wallet is available for all, but it’s still neutered by the carriers.

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MoTR 306 is 65 minutes long and is a 58 MB file in MP3 format.

HOSTS: Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia)

TOPICS:

  • More iOS 7 thoughts after some hands-on time
  • Matt stood in line on iPhone 5s day, but didn't buy an iPhone
  • CyanogenMod is a company – whoa!
  • Latest BB news. Big losses predicted, job cuts, out of the consumer market and BBM for iOS/Android gets pulled?
  • Google Wallet now for all Android and iOS, but still neutered by carriers
  • Ubuntu Touch coming out with Ubuntu 13.10 next month (may be worth a try)
  • iOS vs Android: touchscreen speed tests
  • Sprint joins the early upgrade trend, is it actually a good deal?

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MobileTechRoundup 305: iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and… Windows RT?

New iPhone 5C and 5S thoughts, more hands on with LG’s G2 and: Do Windows 8.1 devices negate the need for RT?

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MoTR 305 is 69 minutes long and is a 58.7 MB file in MP3 format.

HOSTS: Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia)

TOPICS:

  • Hello iPhone 5S/5C and iOS 7!
  • Android on Nokia could have pushed the MSFT deal. Oh what might have been!
  • Kevin bought a Moga Pro controller and loves it!
  • With these new devices, why should RT even exist?
  • Hands-on thoughts with the LG G2
  • Xbox Music available for iOS and Android (Kevin is testing Google Play AA, iTunes Radio)

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