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Like a fine wine, PhoneDog just gets better with age.  Unless you're under the legal drinking age in your respective country.  In that case, substitute for pizza.  Because everyone loves cold pizza.

Some time ago, we sat down with the intention of making PhoneDog.com even better.  We've always prided ourselves in being one of the few news outlets in this ever-changing mobile space that allows you to truly engage in the content.  From Facebook to Twitter to site comments to the random fan shoutouts that I'll do in videos, our goal was to figure out how to do it even better and give you even more of a voice.

It gives me tremendous pleasure to welcome you to the new PhoneDog.  If you've been on the site recently, you've likely noticed some of the changes.  Gone is the old header, replaced with a new (vibrant blue!) one, complete with top picks, trending topics, and priority articles.  On top of it ensuring that you receive the most important content first, the new architecture gives us the ability to change things much faster; a crucial feature in this crazy Internet news business.  That means you get access to more content, right as it's happening.

Outside of the header, I'm incredibly impressed with the improvements we've made to the mobile side.  Thanks to your input, we've redesigned the page to be much more friendly to that little thing you carry in your pocket (that IS what we cover after all, right?).  You won't get the watered down experience that you would from an app or a dedicated mobile site; all of the content that you love from the main page can be had on mobile as well, resized perfectly for reading on the go.

We're also making it easier for you to get involved in the content and join the conversation.  If you're someone who loves to comment and let your voice be heard, I'd strongly suggest you check out our Reactions Page at http://www.phonedog.com/reactions.  It'll show you the hottest articles on the site at the time, and will give you the opportunity to throw your opinion into the ring, regardless of your thoughts on Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and that hot new phone that HTC just launched.

Before I go further, I have to give credit where it's due.  I get to work with some of the best, most hard-working people in the world, some of which are behind the scenes.  You may never see their faces, but they make PhoneDog's backend run each and every day, among so many other things.  So, a huge shout-out to Andre and Rebecca for all they do.

We're all mobile geeks around here, so far be it from me to deprive you of our full changelog (sorry, you can't root it).  Here's what we've done to improve the site:

  • New lighter and brighter colors on the site header
  • A totally re-designed website architecture based on responsive design that allows the site to load beautifully on mobile devices, tablets, and desktop computers alike.  Further enhancements are forthcoming to improve functionality on mobile devices
  • New "Hot Picks" links that are changed throughout the day to highlight individual articles, announcements for live shows, Facebook Q&As and giveaways/sweepstakes alerts
  • A new Trending Topics navigational area that provides users quick access to the most relevant categories of content
  • Four featured must view articles or videos posted to the homepage
  • Faster load times across all browsers
  • A PhoneDog Fans "Reactions" page to view the most engaging discussions taking place:  http://www.phonedog.com/reactions/
  • A "You may also like" recommended article section on the bottom right of the page
  • Easier to read blog posts with improved spacing
  • Redesigned device hub pages for improved access to content, specs, and user reviews. (Ex. /products/apple-iphone-4s-64gb-black/)

As always, I'd love to hear your thoughts.  Absolutely love a particular feature?  Or perhaps there are things you'd like to see changed?  Let me know in the comments section below.

Welcome to the new PhoneDog.  Make yourself at home.  We're glad to have you.


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Matthias Rambally
Matthias Rambally I like the new site.
Ashton Crunkelton
Ashton Crunkelton I like it.
Ronelo Frias
Ronelo Frias I like the old one better
Wendi Martin
Wendi Martin Aaron gets shared in a funny unboxing video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32DD4DF7Qpo
Lewis Hall
Lewis Hall I do not like it either I like the ol lay out as well better! not user friendly
Glen Perez
Glen Perez Horrible Please change back to the old format...change is not always good now I'm forced to go to Technobuffalo more than I'd like too....The old PD was easier to navigate and had more info about everything ...
Tom Parker
Tom Parker Wtf. This blows I'm getting my info elsewhere. Who was the dickwad who changed the site? I have to ask what made you change it? What was your reasoning behind it
Justin Michael Duncan
Justin Michael Duncan Its sucks on mobile! Don't like it at all
Norleena Davies
Norleena Davies Dont like how you cant just go to verizon or att and gets news just on those companies. Plus the the layout is more confusing. Its is easier to find some videos but over all the other older verision is better.
Ray Sital
Ray Sital The trending section is one of the new things that I like. I do wish the links to visit your sister and brother sites were still at the top
John Anthony
John Anthony better and better by the minute
Facebook user
Facebook user @Everyone: We'd love to hear specifics on which aspects you may not like compared the the previous version. We left the primary layout of the site unchanged, with the exception of moving the traditional navigation (which few seemed to use) and replaced it with the #Trending Topics section for easier access to the most relevant current topics. Let us know what you think we can and should do, and we will certainly take all good suggestions under consideration. Thanks for the feedback PhoneDog Fans!
Tony Abiama
Tony Abiama I never even go to the site... just the YouTube channel and Facebook feed lol.
Ray Sital
Ray Sital Love the new layout it's clean and it feels more modern
Phillip Ye
Phillip Ye I dont like it, i love the old phonedog..
Tom Parker
Tom Parker I think the new layout sucks!!!
Norleena Davies
Norleena Davies i dont like it the old was better and easier to find things. this new is just very nice!!! plz change it back
Andrew Cinnamon
Andrew Cinnamon I like it on pc, but when I open it on mobile ...I have to scroll way down to see the latest news :(
Angel Polaco
Angel Polaco I like the original also.
Justin John Litz Van
Justin John Litz Van I don't like it. I'm not sure what I don't like about it, but I just don't like it.
Keith Michael
Keith Michael Well lets see the add that opened was a virus. Thanks
Dwayne Demaurivert
Dwayne Demaurivert I like the original 1
Tony Pollard
Tony Pollard Terrible, especially with the huge ad that popped up that I couldn't close using chrome for android when I first loaded the site.
Buddy Koenig
Buddy Koenig I don't like it either
Jason Matsukawa
Jason Matsukawa I have to be honest. I seriously don't care for it.
Robert Centennial
Robert Centennial Sucks I hate it tear it down. Just kidding its very nice. I did like how the videos were all linked together on the old one.
Jules Blount
Jules Blount looks cool
Jonathan Ittner
Jonathan Ittner A lil hard to get used to it, but better than the old PD =p
Incognegro Haddad
Incognegro Haddad I think its horrible...
Edwin Rodriguez
Edwin Rodriguez Awesome




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