Pocketnow Weekly 133: iPhone wins big while Windows Phone runs on empty

Sun Feb 01 2015 (01:33:56)

It's a mighty fine month to be an iPhone, a pretty terrible one to be a Windows Phone, and an interesting one (as always) if you're an Android. The first month of the new year brought equal parts delight and dismay for mobile users everywhere, and we'll be talking about both ends of the spectrum –and covering the rest of the mobile tech news space– on today's podcast.

We're also putting in our public-service hours on today's show by resurrecting a favorite segment from 2014. On this week's Which Phone Should I Get, we talk everything from smartphone reading to smartphone photography, and toss out recommendations ranging from the mainstream to the super-niche in an effort to pair our listeners with exactly the right mobile hardware.

All of the above, plus Dial F for Fail and your usual bounty of listener mail, lies ahead; join us, won't you? Pocketnow Weekly 133 is waiting for your participation –either through the live video stream at 1:00pm Eastern on January 29 (click here for your local time), or the high-quality audio version available later on– and shoot your questions to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com for a shot at getting your question read aloud on the air. See you then!

 

Pocketnow Weekly 133

 

Recording Date

January 29, 2015

 

Hosts

Michael Fisher

Stephen Schenck

Jaime Rivera

 

Producer

Jules Wang

 

Podcast Rundown

 

Sponsor

(00:02:44)

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News

(00:04:45)

Record iPhone sales set new Apple high-water mark

Microsoft wins big with Surface Pro 3 in latest earnings report

Another bank turns its back on Windows Phone, broadening app gap

Microsoft to back Cyanogen's plan to weaken Google's control over Android

How Samsung might dial down bloatware on Touchwiz for the Galaxy S6

Will HTC release a Firefox OS smartphone?

Saygus reveals preorder pricing and early-adopted bonuses for V2 Android

Motorola leak might reveal second-gen Moto E

FTC makes TracFone refund millions over "unlimited" data false advertising

 

What Phone Should I Get?

(00:46:06)

Ryan Field wants the best camera he can find, and Jessica O'Donnell is hunting for a phone that she won't have to hunt for (among other things). We'll do our best to help both of them out in this week's What Phone Should I Get?

 

Dial F for Fail

(01:03:53)

A segment from our top news wrangler about injustice, misdeeds, and general foolishness within the mobile industry. Today’s topic concerns all the mobile banking you can('t) get done on a Windows Phone these days.

If you leave: why dropping an app is worse than never making one at all

Context: Chase ditches Windows Phone / BoA ditches Windows Phone

 

Listener Mail

(01:18:23)

E-mailed submissions from Uroš Tršan, Chris Austin, and Boyan Novakov

 

Music

It may just sound like a ringtone to you, but our transition music track ("Radiation") is a real song, from a real album, by a real artist: Ali Spagnola. You can download that album, along with many others, at Ali's website here, visit her YouTube page here, and follow her on Twitter here!

See you next week!