Pocketnow Weekly 109: Blackphone vs BlackBerry, Galaxy Alpha, and another OnePlus screwup

Sat Aug 16 2014 (01:49:39)

One of the nice things about a mobilized mob of fanatics is ... well, nothing. For the purposes of intelligent discourse and civility, there's nothing cool or helpful about a bunch of heated fanboys rabidly denigrating a new product because it happens to threaten their preferred smartphone. We've talked about this sort of thing before, and now we're talking about it again – this time in the context of Blackphone vs BlackBerry. But we're not using this issue to harp on the dangers of fanaticism; rather, we're seizing on the opportunity to learn something about mobile security.

There's also plenty of news to cover in the mainstream smartphone world, of course: Samsung's Galaxy Alpha is here and while it's not packing a big spec wallop, it sure is pretty. Motorola's broken our hearts with an ill-timed event invite. There's new device coverage concerning HTC, Microsoft, Xiaomi, and others. And, improbably, OnePlus has found yet another way to piss off the world.

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Pocketnow Weekly 109


Recording Date

August 15, 2014



Michael Fisher

Taylor Martin

Stephen Schenck

Joe Levi



Jules Wang


Podcast Rundown





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Our Blackphone review is up!

So is our Galaxy K Zoom review!

Taylor puts the Xiaomi Mi4 up against the LG G3! (Camera test and unboxing too)

We went Zoebombing with HTC's new Zoe!




Motorola schedules big Chicago event for anyone who didn't go to Berlin

Samsung Galaxy Alpha announced with metal frame

Galaxy Note 4 pics leak; could this really be it?

Three Lumia 830 models in the works, all with different specs?

Reversible USB connector standardized: so much for Lightning envy

Cyanogen Inc. clashes with Oneplus over treatment of women

Smartwatch report suggests big changes needed for public acceptance


Learn Something



A segment about getting educated. In today's installment, Joe Levi takes us through the heated "Blackphone vs BlackBerry" argument, and lets us know what kind of security we can –and can't– expect from each.


Tough Spot


A segment about hard choices. On today's installment: if you had to choose between a Blackphone and a BlackBerry 10 device as your daily driver for the rest of 2014, which would you choose? Justify your answer.


Listener Mail


E-mailed submissions from Jack McKenzie, Tristan Hulsebos, and Philip Mburu



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