Welcome to The Verge: Weekender edition. Each week, we'll bring you important articles from the previous weeks' original reports, features and reviews on The Verge. Think of it as a collection of a few of our favorite pieces from the week gone by, which you may have missed, or which you might want to read again. This was a very busy week (just ask around!) for us, and we've got a few more links than usual, so have fun!
When Samsung released the Galaxy Note last year, people scoffed at the massive device, which looks ridiculous held up to your face and barely fits in your pocket. But then Samsung sold millions of the giant phone. Apparently the company was onto something, and it's going even further with the 5.5-inch successor, the Note II. Is bigger even better
It didn't get as much buzz as the iPhone 5, but Apple bestowed upon the iPod touch one of its biggest upgrades ever. It's still a music player, but it's much more, too — a camera, a gaming console, and more. It's also $299, which is no impulse buy. Is the new model worth the price? We dove in to find out.
It's 2012. So why is everyone still using iTunes to manage their MP3s? Come to that, why is anyone still managing MP3s? Apple's new iPod nano is just the latest overhaul for the nano line, but it's still an iPod through and through. We looked at whether or not the world still needs this tiny little iTunes device.