Pocketnow Weekly 141: Smartphone showdown: Samsung Galaxy S6 vs HTC One M9

Sat Mar 28 2015 (01:41:06)

Late-night podcasts don’t always have to be about naughty things. Sometimes, to paraphrase Bill Watterson, “the days are just packed,” and the only time you’ve got for a podcast is 6:30 in the evening in between the crushing workload of two flagship smartphone reviews. But if you’re lucky, when that happens you’ve got friends at other sites to help bail you out.

Florence Ion is that friend on this special smartphone-vs-smartphone edition of the Pocketnow Weekly. The Android expert from Greenbot has a Galaxy S6 in hand, and we’re gonna put it up against our HTC One M9 review device to see how the two top Android superphones stack up. It’s a kind of Galaxy S6 vs HTC One M9 preview, helped along by you in the Hangouts Q&A, and it’s gonna be a lot of fun. (Not to worry; our full Galaxy S6 review coverage will begin in earnest next week.)

All of the above, plus the mobile-tech news of the week and another big bag of listener mail, lies ahead. Pocketnow Weekly 141 is armed, the tube is flooded and the outer door is open – so stop polishing the cannonball and pull the trigger. Listen to the podcast and shoot your questions to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com for a shot at getting your question read aloud on the air. See you next time!

Pocketnow Weekly 141


Recording Date

March 26, 2015



Michael Fisher

Stephen Schenck

Florence Ion (Greenbot)



Jules Wang


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Galaxy S6 vs HTC One M9: Podcast Showdown


You’ve seen us compare them at MWC, but now we’ve got the expertise on-air to put them head-to-head on a podcast. Guest Florence Ion brings a Galaxy S6 review unit from Greenbot’s San Francisco offices, and we’ve got our trusty One M9 demo device in the Boston studio … so we’re gonna put ‘em screen-to-screen and see what new insights we can glean in a podcast edition of Galaxy S6 vs HTC One M9. Be sure to hit that Q&A hard if you’re watching live; this is a daunting task, and we need your help to steer the conversation!


The Galaxy S6 is one of the best smartphone cameras ever (Greenbot)

What will you have to pay for a Galaxy S6? / U.S. HTC One M9 availability announced

Free-year-of-Netflix deal comes to S6, S6 edge





HTC One M9 Plus shows up in HTC event invite / HTC One M9 Plus physical mockup created

Apple planning most diverse year of iPhones yet? Three models rumored

Windows 10 Android app compatibility may be in development, but far from a done deal

Microsoft rumors tackle plans for next-gen Surface, launching soon

Lenovo may have just leaked the second-gen Moto 360

Google Pony Express tipped to help pay bills straight from Gmail


Listener Mail


E-mailed submissions from Malte, Liam, and Mahip

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