Pocketnow Weekly 101: MKBHD, a "big" giveaway, & the brave (blurry) new world of Hangouts

Sat Jun 21 2014 (01:47:42)

Note: We received your feedback regarding the m4a format and have converted/reuploaded this episode in mp3. Future episodes will also arrive in this format. Sorry for the inconvenience!

After 100 episodes of an award-winning mobile technology podcast done in the tried-and-true audio-only format, we think it's about time to change things up. That's why we're eschewing the beautiful outdoors for sound booths and dark offices this June afternoon: so we can kick off the all-new Pocketnow Weekly in style! Episode 101 goes live today at 2pm with a new format courtesy of Google Hangouts, special guest Marques Brownlee, and a smartphone giveaway best described as huge (in more ways than one).

Fret not, loyal listeners: we're not abandoning the best of the Pocketnow Weekly with our switch to video. Our streams and feeds will be unaffected –you'll still be able to tune in to the audio portion of the show at all the same web destinations– and the podcast roster will continue sporting the same hosts you've come to know and tolerate love. The jump to video just means those who opt to watch us live will be able to see us as we pontificate on pocket-sized portables, as well as submit questions via Google's handy Q & A app.

If you're thinking that sounds an awful lot like the Pocketnow Live and Editorial Roundtable, you're not wrong. But in addition to all the benefits of a live show, we'll also have new segments to spice up our podcast: everything from guest spots to "defend your editorial" debates to a resurrection of the Pocketnow U-Review and Pocketnow Roundup, and much more!

Note: Sorry about the audio quality issues on this episode, folks. We'll keep searching for means of improving that situation as we continue to get used to Hangouts. 

Pocketnow Weekly 101


Recording Date

June 20, 2014




Michael Fisher

Taylor Martin

Stephen Schenck



Marques Brownlee (MKBHD)


Podcast Rundown




Welcome to the new Pocketnow Weekly!

Introducing the 60-second smartphone review

Giveaway announcement: Win a Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G LTE from Pocketnow!




Samsung denies global plans for Quad-HD Galaxy S5 LTE-A (but there may be a loophole)

Amazon unveils its first smartphone, the Fire Phone (Explained by MKBHD)

T-Mobile launches Uncarrier 5.0

Nokia Z launcher: hands-on

Nokia reveals "smart trousers" for integrated Qi wireless charging, because why not?


Gadgets In Hand


A segment based on the Pocketnow U-Review where you get to ask us anything (via Hangouts Q&A) about any of the devices in our review inventory! This week's focus devices are the Galaxy S5 Active and the LG G3. So pick a phone and ask away!


What Phone Should I Get?


A segment devoted to answering the most often-asked question in our podcast inbox. This week's submission comes to us from Jeff in Richmond VA, USA:  


"Pull the trigger on the G3 when available, or wait to see what moto has coming for the moto x+1? Your show and site is the shiz!

-Jeff in Richmond Virginia"


Listener Mail


E-mailed submissions from Sainath Macharla, Greg Vogt, and Thomas Huffmaster

Thanks for listening! See you next week!