We asked, you told us: Most of you didn’t buy anything for Black Friday/Cyber Monday

Following almost non-stop phone announcements since the beginning of fall, we ended the season with Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

During these two retail holidays, we saw countless sales for electronics big and small. Even better, some of those newly released smartphones were already seeing deep discounts.

So now that most of the sales are over, we decided to ask you if you ended up buying anything for Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Here are the results.

Pick anything up for Black Friday/Cyber Monday?

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Results

Tallying up the results, we find that just over half of the voters decided to pass on sales during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Looking at the comments, it seemed like a lot of people just weren’t impressed by the items that had been discounted.

Even though 53 percent of those that voted didn’t end up buying anything, it looks like everyone else purchased an almost equal percentage of other electronics. Leading the pack were smartphone purchased followed by smart home gadgets and headphones.

Noteworthy comments

Here are some of the best comments from last week’s poll explaining why they voted the way that they did:

  • I was in the market to replace my old DSLR camera and my old HP laptop. I ended up going with a mirrorless Sony camera and picked up a Microsoft Surface Pro 6. I went into the red on Black Friday.
  • got a crazy deal on a 4k hdr 49″ smart TV at Target
  • Chromebook
  • Tablet deals sucked this year. I assumed the poor tablet sales would yield big discounts, but the only decent sales were for the amazon fire tablets, and they are all hamstrung by the Amazon ecosystem.

And then there was this person who got the best deal of the season:

  • A bottle of shampoo from Aveda. 20% off and free shipping.

That’s it for this week, everyone. As always, thanks for voting, thanks for the comments, and don’t forget to let us know what you thought of the results below.

We asked, you told us: The OnePlus 6T was your favorite phone from #phonepocalypse

It might already be November 10, but it doesn’t feel that way after the #phonepocalypse that we just had last month. While we knew to expect big announcements from Google, OnePlus, Huawei, and LG, unveilings from Razer, Samsung, and Nokia kept us on our toes.

While there were still some phones announced in October that we didn’t include in this poll, these seven flagships were some of the heavy hitters unveiled in that 31-day period. So we asked, which handset was your favorite phone from #phonepocalypse?

What was your favorite phone from #phonepocalypse?

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Results

This was a tight race, but the results aren’t all that surprising. Coming in first, we have the OnePlus 6T with 31 percent of the vote. The Huawei Mate 20 / Mate 20 Pro and Google Pixel 3 / 3XL come in second and third place with 28 percent and 19 percent of the readers voting for it.

While we thought that the OnePlus 6T would be in the top three phones from #phonepocalypse, we didn’t expect it to come in first due to the amount of dislike for the removal of the headphone jack. Seemingly, the smaller teardrop notch and in-display fingerprint sensor were enough to bring it into the lead.

But let’s not forget the other players in this week’s poll: the LG V40 ThinQ, Nokia 7.1, Razer Phone 2, and Samsung Galaxy A9. The V40 didn’t do that well this week with only 10% of the votes despite it retaining a headphone jack and a large battery. At the end of the day, it shows that customers do want a good software experience, and that’s something a lot of people don’t find on LG’s phones.

No one anticipated the Nokia 7.1 and Samsung Galaxy A9 to get many votes, but it is shocking that the Razer Phone only received four percent of the vote. This might show that most buyers want their phones to do more than just focus on gaming.

Noteworthy comments

Here are some of the comments from this week’s poll. As you might imagine, it was hard for everyone to come to a consensus on which phone was the best:

  • OnePlus 6T > Huawei Mate 20 / 20 Pro > LG V40 > Galaxy A9 > Pixel 3 / 3 XL > Nokia 7.1 > Razer 2
  • The Mate 20 Pro might be a little beastlier than the 6T, but dang it all if I can’t have TWO 6Ts and a couple of sets of headphones for the price of the Mate 20 Pro. There isn’t THAT much of a difference to warrant the price. There just … isn’t. 
    Editor’s Pick
  • The slider phones are my favorites. The best phone is the Mate 20 Pro but money for value wise is the 6T
  • Nokia 7.1 : The notch finally made it to Nokia 😥😢Pixel 3/XL : 4GB Ram in 2018 ? On a 800 bucks flagship ? 😞 Plus the notch on the XL is purely 🤮 but nice stereo speakers. 🐼What happened to Panda ? “Not pink” is the same color as Apple’s “Just gold”🤬 buy yeah the best camera in the businessLG V4O : Amazing phone, killed by the Notch 🤮Razer phone 2 : Great phone, RGB light, Tough build quality, and finally decent photography 💯Samsung A9 : the camera layout is the only attraction here, and Pixel Proved than anything more of an optical zoom nearly useless 🤷

    Huawei Mate 20/P : The K980 was, at least to me, the main attraction of the phone, as the first 7NM cpu on an Android, and among the fastests of 2019. But it can barely keep up with the S845. So it’s a big NO. Plus there’s a NOTCH here too ,🤮

    6T : a great phone, Nice Waterdrop Notch, maybe the best UD fingerprint in the business. Probably still the best bangs for the bucks. 📱💰

That’s it for this week, everyone. As always, thanks for voting, thanks for the comments, and don’t forget to let us know what you thought of the results below.

We asked, you told us: The Note 9 is for power users, but the Mate 20 Pro is a close second

Huawei Mate 20 fingerprint reader

With the release of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, there’s finally an Android smartphone made for power users that competes against the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. With that said, we decided to ask all of you if you would rather buy the Mate 20 Pro or the Galaxy Note 9.

Spec-for-spec, the two handsets are almost identical. Both feature QHD+ displays that are over six-inches in size, high-quality CPUs, and 6GB of RAM — although the 512GB Note 9 model comes with 8GB. Other than the software experience that either manufacturer installs on its phones, the only significant differences is the inclusion of the headphones jack and S Pen found with the Galaxy Note 9.

Which is the better power user phone: Huawei Mate 20 Pro or Galaxy Note 9?

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Results

As you can see from the four polls that we ran, the Galaxy Note 9 barely beat out the Mate 20 Pro. Coming in with an average of 55 percent of the votes, Samsung’s flagship keeps it power user Android smartphone crown.

Unsurprisingly, it appears that the deciding factor for a majority of the voters came down to the standout features found in each device. For Galaxy Note 9 voters, they stated that they preferred the Samsung Experience, S Pen, the high-quality display, and the headphone jack. Mate 20 Pro voters overwhelmingly commented most about the larger 4,200mAh battery and how power users required the longer battery life.

Noteworthy comments

Here are some of the comments from across the polls – many stern in their vote for the Galaxy Note 9 or Mate 20 Pro:

  • Huawei mate 20 Pro is better for power user because of its new Kirin 980 processor based on 7nm manufacturing process.
  • the note 9 at least it’s doesn’t have that god dammed fugly notch!
  • How can you possibly consider the Note 9 a power user’s phone? Samsung Experience is awful, and is way too locked down to actually do anything.
  • though the mate 20 pro is a beast,it still can’t match the smartness of a bluetooth s pen ;that’s why we call it note
  • Mate by far. Samsung devices have terrible battery life and they always lag. Hell I’d put my Mate 10 Pro up against the Note 9 in the battery department.
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9 for me, personally. Mainly due to the fact that it and every future Samsung Note device most likely will be available here in the USA on my current carrier, Verizon Wireless.

And then there’s those that voted based on the fact that they never used a Huawei phone before:

  • My vote is kind of flawed because I own a Note 9, currently using it, and I’ve never used a Huawei; any Huawei.

That’s it for this week, everyone. As always, thanks for voting, thanks for the comments, and don’t forget to let us know what you thought of the results below.