Pocketnow Weekly 114: Dropping the iPhone 6, reviewing the Moto X, and drooling over HTC Rumors

Sat Sep 20 2014 (01:51:47)

If you ask us, the first thing you should do on iPhone launch day is take a long, hard look at the competition. Not because the iPhone is a bad product, but because everyone else tends to step up their game when Apple brings a new phone –or two– to the yard. And that's more true than ever this year.

With that in mind, we'll talk about all kinds of smartphone and smartwatch news and reviews today, from the new Motorola Moto X and Moto G to their wrist-worn, round-faced companion the Moto 360. We'll also cover the latest letdown from OnePlus, the juiciest rumors from HTC, some sad news from Sony, and, yes: the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iOS 8.

All that plus some cringeworthy video fun at a clumsy man's expense, and the return of listener mail, await you! So if that's the kind of podcast that bites your Apple, then the Pocketnow Weekly is the show for you! Join us for Pocketnow Weekly 114 below – either through the unedited video version, or the high-quality audio version – and shoot your questions to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com for a shot at getting your question read aloud on the air. Enjoy!

 

Pocketnow Weekly 114

 

Recording Date

September 19, 2014

 

Hosts

Michael Fisher

Taylor Martin

Stephen Schenck

Dustin Earley (Android and Me)

 

Producer

Jules Wang

 

Podcast Rundown Sponsor

(00:02:11)

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Announcements

(00:04:31)

LG G3 giveaway winner (finally) announced!

Motorola Moto X (2014) review: the modest Moto goes mainstream

The new Moto G vs Moto G (Video)

Motorola Moto 360 review (Video)

iOS 8 hands-on (Video)

 

News

(00:07:55)

How not to unbox your shiny new iPhone 6

Retail iPhone 6 Plus options tomorrow could be seriously limited

Apple Store game plan for iPhone 6/6 Plus launch leaked

Sony forecasts quadruple losses due to smartphone business

OnePlus scraps plans for One StyleSwap covers

HTC rumors: Eye hardware, mysterious M8 Eye, new WP phablet

 

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Tough Spot

(01:08:34)

 

A segment about difficult choices between unappealing alternatives, and making the most of a difficult situation. On today's Tough Spot: the next smartphone you buy has to carry you through the duration of a two-year contract ... and its screen size has to be 6 inches or greater. Which device do you choose? Justify your answer.

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Listener Mail

(01:21:56)

E-mailed submissions from Eric Hontz, Noah Larson, Jason Beckles, and Trevor Reis

 

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!

Thanks for listening. See you next week!