July 20, 2014

MobileTechRoundup 324: Is Kindle Unlimited a good deal?

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MoTR 324 is 62:45 minutes long and is a 53.8 MB file in MP3 format.

HOSTS: Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia)

TOPICS:

  • Microsoft to fire lots of people, kill Nokia X Android
  • What phones has Matt bought and sold? (I saw the BB go on Swapa)
  • Lumia 635 in hand; more on the Lumia 930
  • Kindle Unlimited: Good deal or no?
  • Kevin's phone comparison spreadsheet: apps and services
  • LG G3 Beat: a "mini" G3 that's cut down in specs. Seems like the Xperia Z1 Compact is the only small version of a flagship
  • GoTenna sounds interesting: direct phone connection up to 50 miles even without service.

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July 13, 2014

MobileTechRoundup 323: Lumia 930 and Ascend Mate2 are a nice pair

Category: Podcast — Tags: , , , , , – admin @ 4:49 pm

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MoTR 323 is 57 minutes long and is a 48.7 MB file in MP3 format.

HOSTS: Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia)

TOPICS:

  • Lumia 930 plus Windows Phone 8.1 = superb experience
  • Related: Android apps on Windows – good idea or not needed?
  • Huawei Ascend Mate2 is a good deal at $299 off-contract
  • Matt buys a BlackBerry Z30 and BBM for Windows Phone is here
  • Android Wear gets apps.

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June 30, 2014

MobileTechRoundup 322: Google I/O recapped and Android Wear… worn.

Category: Podcast — admin @ 6:38 am

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MoTR 322 is 78:45 minutes long and is a 70.3 MB file in MP3 format.

HOSTS: Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia)

TOPICS:

  • Google I/O (Kevin used SP3 again for the trip – how is Matt's experience one week in?)
  • Android Wear and a few days with the Gear Live
  • No skins allowed on Android Wear, TV or Auto. (GOOD!)
  • Lots of I/O stuff: Android L, Android apps "on" Chrome OS, Android One program (no mention of Nexus, which appears to be staying)
  • Hands-on with the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and 10.5

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June 22, 2014

MobileTechRoundup 321: Surface Pro 3 is improved in nearly every way

Category: Podcast — admin @ 8:36 am

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MoTR 321 is 73 minutes long and is a 66.3 MB file in MP3 format.

HOSTS: Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia)

TOPICS:

  • Matt finally gets his Surface Pro 3
  • Amazon Fire smartphone
  • Amazon Prime Music
  • T-Mobile Uncarrier 5 and 6
  • What can we expect at Google I/O next week?
  • South Korea gets a better Samsung Galaxy S5. What's up with that?
  • Kevin is getting into high-resolution digital music (which is expensive!)

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June 8, 2014

MobileTechRoundup 320: Surface Pro 3, LG G3 and iOS 8

Category: Podcast — admin @ 8:09 am

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MoTR 320 is 53 minutes long and is a 45.4 MB file in MP3 format.

HOSTS: Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia)

TOPICS:

  • MS Surface Pro 3, a much improved laptop / tablet hybrid
  • LG G3 in the house!
  • WWDC discussion: Mac OS upgrade and iOS 8
  • Motorola to close Fort Worth facility
  • Asus Padfone X thoughts
  • Chromebooks play movies offline (Matt asked for this last year)
  • Free app of the week: MightyText functions similar to Motorola Connect for other Android devices
  • Samsung working on a standalone smartwatch designed to replace your phone: They may also be looking at VR headgear

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May 18, 2014

MobileTechRoundup 319: Smartphones for every budget

Category: Podcast — kevintofel @ 8:41 am

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MoTR 319 is 70 minutes long and is a 62.7 MB file in MP3 format.

HOSTS: Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia)

TOPICS:

  • Moto E in hand: Super first smartphone?
  • Xperia Z2: Super high end smartphone?
  • The iPhone 6 and its iPod touch design cues.
  • Speaking of Apple: they hired a senior PureView engineer. Wonder what that might bring to a future iPhone.
  • Microsoft is quickly bringing Windows 8 apps to Windows Phone: Reading List and Movie Moments, for example. 
  • Microsoft event this coming Tuesday: Does Microsoft need a Surface Mini? Should it run RT on ARM or Windows on Atom?
  • Still liking the Dell Venue Pro 8 but the Windows legacy continues. Multiple reboots when applying updates, for example, and at one point, Wi-Fi wouldn't turn on. You never see this with consumer tablets today.
  • Matt's wife won't give back the review Galaxy S5

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April 27, 2014

MobileTechRoundup 318: HTC One M8 or Galaxy S5? (Or maybe a new Lumia!)

Category: Podcast — Tags: , , , , , , – admin @ 3:42 pm

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MoTR 318 is 75 minutes long and is a 66.9 MB file in MP3 format.

HOSTS: Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia)

TOPICS:

  • Thoughts on the HTC One (M8)
  • How about that Galaxy S5?
  • What a deal: the OnePlus One starts at $299
  • Windows Phone 8.1 and Nokia Lumia 630/930 devices
  • Matt’s testing a Garmin vivofit
  • Dell Venue 8 Pro (Kevin picked one up at Costco yesterday)
  • OK Google Everywhere sounds awesome!

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March 23, 2014

MobileTechRoundup 317: Android Wear kicks off smartwatch March Madness!

Category: Podcast — Tags: , , , , , , , , – admin @ 8:31 am

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MoTR 317 is 68 minutes long and is a 60.3 MB file in MP3 format.

HOSTS: Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia)

TOPICS:

  • Android Wear announcements
  • My UP24 now works with Android
  • Apple Healthbook suggests what an iWatch might have (or not)
  • Oppo Find 7 and 50 megapixel image capture technology
  • Does a less expensive iPhone 5c make any sense?
  • Taking your iOS device on a United flight is the way to travel for free movies
  • Coming week: Galaxy S5 preorders, HTC One announcement, and Office for the iPad
  • iTunes for Android – who wants that?
  • Apple stylus patent appears. May never make it to market for iPad but hmmm…….
  • Surface 2 with LTE for $679: Anyone buying?

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March 9, 2014

MobileTechRoundup 316: New Chromebooks and the Lumia Icon reviewed

Category: Podcast — admin @ 10:44 am

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MoTR 316 is 64:20 minutes long and is a 58.3 MB file in MP3 format.

HOSTS: Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia)

TOPICS:

  • Hands on with the Toshiba Chromebook 13
  • Looks like 2 new Samsung Chromebooks are coming (finally!) and may have that faux leather trim like the Note / tablets
  • Now that it's real: Thoughts on the Nokia X / X+ / XL and should Microsoft keep them?
  • I'm really liking the Nokia Lumia Icon, but WP still needs a few things to be my daily driver
  • T-Mobile and AT&T continue to slug it out in the wireless world
  • Pebble 2.0 for Android is now available
  • T-Mobile BB incentive program results in 94% of traders switching platforms
  • Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 tablet impressions $750 with 32 GB
  • Moto X touchless control update

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February 24, 2014

MobileTechRoundup 315: Mobile World Congress is now in session!

Category: Podcast — Tags: – admin @ 5:32 am

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MoTR 315 is 70 minutes long and is a 63.3 MB file in MP3 format.

HOSTS: Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia)

TOPICS:

  • LG and Google working on a watch based on Google Now. Nexus on your wrist?/li>

  • Samsung outs a pair of Gear watches; both run….. Tizen?!?
  • Kevin ordered his own Google Glass and the Bold frames. Some thoughts on the new glasses.
  • Hands on with a pair of 8-inch Windows tablets: Toshiba Encore and Lenovo Miix 2 (What the UMPC was meant to be)
  • Fitbit Force goes bye bye (I'm keeping mine though)
  • Samung announces Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, still both with terrible battery life
  • Nokia Lumia ICON launched, MS announces new WP partners LG and Lenovo
  • Hands-on thoughts of the Xperia Z1s on T-Mobile
  • Nokia and HTC make up while HTC talks about next One and wearable device, announcement on 25 March in NY. HTC Advantage program, is it enough?

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