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Poll: What features of the Galaxy Nexus Android phone are most exciting?

Posted on Nov 11, 2011 in Reader Polls | 3 comments

While the Galaxy Nexus Android phone was officially released what feels like months ago (really only on Oct. 18), we can’t help but be extremely excited about the exceptional features this device has to offer. Below you’ll find a list highlighting these key features and we’re asking for your opinion on which of them are the most impressive.  Choose up to three and don’t forget to share the reasoning behind your selections.

Galaxy Nexus features (summarized from Google’s Galaxy Nexus homepage):

  • Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich – Redesigned interface, Roboto font, etc.
  • Android Beam – Share contacts, bookmarks, apps, etc. via NFC
  • Face Unlock – Facial recognition device unlocking
  • Voice Typing – Enhanced speech-to-text functionality
  • Camera – No shutter lag, 1080p video recording, software improvements
  • Display – 4.65” HD sAMOLED display
  • Slim, curved design – 8.84mm thick, 4.29mm bezel, no hardware/capacitive buttons
  • Network compatibility – 4G LTE or HSPA+

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Poll: Free App w/ Ads or Paid App w/o Ads?

Posted on Sep 2, 2011 in Reader Polls | 11 comments

In its current form, the Android Market is full of apps with two different “versions”, one being free and supported by advertisements and the other being paid and ad-free. Ideally, Google would let developers give users the option between the two and therefore remove this form of duplicate content (but that’s a different discussion). One example of this strategy in action is XDA-Developers (Free, ads) vs. XDA Premium ($1.49, no ads).

So, if given the choice between installing a free, ad-supported version of an app or the paid, ad-free alternative, which one would you download? For the sake of this poll, assume the app is one you’d use frequently and the price is reasonable. Share your preference in the comments below!


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Poll: Will Google+ vastly change the social media landscape?

Posted on Aug 2, 2011 in Reader Polls | comment

As a follow-up to yesterday’s review of the Google+ Android app, we want to know your opinion on the Google+ network and its potential impact on the social media landscape as it stands today (dominated by Facebook and Twitter).

Now, I think it’s fair to say that many of us may be somewhat jaded at this point considering Google’s recent failed attempts at social network type services (Google Buzz and to a lesser extent Google Wave).

So if Google+ is here to stay, what features will allow it to capture and maintain a significant chunk of the social media market? Or, if Google+ is going to fizzle out, what reasons can be blamed for its failure? Vote and share your thoughts below.


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Poll: Android Market return policy length?

Posted on Jun 5, 2011 in Reader Polls | 26 comments

Currently, the Android Market return policy allows you 15 minutes to download and evaluate a new app purchase. If you discover that the app is not what you wanted (or is not of sufficient quality), you may “return” it for a full refund. Since the policy changed from 24 hours, there has been significant discussion on the length of the return window and what (if any) length of time is appropriate.

Should the Android Market have a longer return timeline? If so, how much longer would be acceptable? Or, should it take after the Apple App Store and not allow simple refunds at all? We’d love to hear what you think! Vote and voice your opinion below.

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Poll: Will you buy an Android tablet (in the next year)?

Posted on Apr 11, 2011 in Reader Polls | 2 comments

This post is a follow-up to our poll 6 months ago which posed the same question, will you buy an Android tablet in the next year? With the release of the Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab, and other tablet announcements/rumors from many other Android-focused companies (e.g. HTC, Acer), has your answer changed since last October?

Now with Honeycomb (Android 3.0) officially released and optimized for tablets, are you more excited (and willing) to own an Android tablet?

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