Posts by Adam Z. Lein

Adam has had interests in combining technology with art since his first use of a Koala pad on an Apple computer. He currently has a day job as a graphic designer, photographer, systems administrator and web developer at a small design firm in Westchester, NY. His love of technology extends to software development companies who have often implemented his ideas for usability and feature enhancements. Mobile computing has become a necessity for Adam since his first Uniden UniPro PC100 in 1998. He has been reviewing and writing about smartphones for Pocketnow.com since they first appeared on the market in 2002. Read more about Adam Lein!

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    While the international version of the Nokia Lumia 925 has been available for a little while, a slightly different version made for T-Mobile in the USA was just released yesterday.  Currently it's only available in the white color with 16Gb of storage, but it has a few advantages over the international version which are mainly related to the T-Mobile USA network.  It supports T-Mobile's new LTE network as well as their 4G HSPA and 2G networks.  It also has HD voice calling (which is only an advantage when calling some one else with HD calling support.)  It also has WiFi calling ...

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    The launch party for the much-anticipated new Halo game; Halo: Spartan Assault for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 just happened on July 16th in New York City and we got to take a look at how it works thanks to a little demo from 343 Studios.  No one was able to tell us an exact release date for the game just yet, and that's probably because the developers are still putting a few final touches on it.  The version we got to demo didn't even have all of the levels or the achievements put together. Still, we expect it to be released in July and it will be available first only on Verizon ...

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    In this video we're going to make a quick comparison between the new Nokia Lumia 1020 and Nokia's previous flagship; the Lumia 920. The Lumia 1020 actually feels lighter and thinner.  Both have very similar shapes, though the Lumia 1020 has a larger circular protrusion for the amazing 41 megapixel camera.  The 920 has an LCD screen while the new 1020 has an OLED HD+ screen.  Unfortunately, our 920 was having a bad day so we couldn't show you the screen differences, but we'll try to remedy that as soon as possible.  The 920 also has wireless charging built in which adds to the thickness ...

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    Nokia's Lumia 1020 was announced today and we got to take a closer look at a few of the great new features including the ground breaking 41 megapixel camera with optical image stabilization.  The new Lumia 1020 is like a cross between the Lumia 920 with its innovative optical image stabilization and the Nokia 808 Pureview with its extremely advanced 41 megapixel camera sensor.  This makes for the most advanced camera phone ever. Nokia did not opt for an optical zooming interface where a mechanical lens would protrude from the phone for a number of reasons.  Firstly, they wanted to ...

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    Microsoft just released a publicly available preview version of the new Windows 8.1 operating system at their BUILD 2013 conference.  The preview version is really supposed to be only for people who want to do some testing and work on building new applications for the operating system, however, we had to install it on a Surface Pro right away to see how everything is going to change in the world of Windows tablets... and there certainly is a lot that's going to change with Windows 8.1.  Most of the changes are really refinements, but some are quite different.  For example, the search ...

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    We saw some news and rumors about Acer making a very small 8 inch tablet running Windows 8 a while back.  Well, now we got to try out an early version of the new Acer Iconia W3 and it seems like Windows 8 will work quite well with the smaller 8 inch form factor. Of course, it's not a terribly powerful tablet with a 1.8ghz Intel Atom processor, 2Gb RAM, and 32Gb storage, but right now it's one of a kind and the price is going to be a respectable $379 when it's available in a couple of weeks.  An innovative keyboard accessory is also going to be available for an extra $70.  The ...

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    Samsung announced a whole slew of new products yesterday and while most of the action was happening in London, we also found a Samsung ATIV Tab 3 on display at a small expo in New York City. The ATIV Tab 3's claim to fame is the fact that it's the thinnest full Windows 8 tablet around. The tablet is only 0.32 inches thick and weighs a very light 1.2 lbs. For internals, it's got a 1.8 ghz Intel Atom Z2760 dual-core processor, 2Gb RAM, and 64Gb of storage with a MicroSD card for adding another 32gb of storage. It also comes with a 90 day trial of Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 and after the 90 ...

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    The big news that everyone is talking about from last week is the Xbox One and Playstation 4 announcements.  Both are still being considered gaming consoles and are being compared in that manner, but I think the Xbox One is really supposed to be something different… kind of like a smartphone. 10 years ago, many of us were dreaming about a smartphone that combined the features of a regular phone, an MP3 player, a portable video player, a GPS navigation device, and a touch screen PDA that covers personal information management, email, web browsing, and other apps that you can install at ...

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    The Bing team has always had a strange relationship at Microsoft. On one hand, they want to gain market share as a search engine, on the other, they want to integrate with other Microsoft products.  In the past, many of the Bing apps on non-Microsoft platforms really took priority.  For example, Bing on the iPhone was once much better than Bing on Windows Phone and experiences often differ greatly between platforms.  Then there was a very nice Bing for iPad app long before there was anything for Windows Tablets, and to this day Bing on iPad still has a few features more than Bing on ...

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    Nokia has been releasing new Windows Phones just about every month these days and they've been coming in all sorts of price ranges, shapes, and colors with some very innovative features and designs.  That Lumia 620 with its duo-tone translucent body just looks incredible, and the $130 Lumia 521 is probably the best deal for a high quality smartphone ever.  The Lumia 928 is a minor upgrade to the 920, but adds a great Xenon flash.  The new Lumia 925 brings a new design that features an aluminum rim and wireless charging sleeves along with the Pureview optical image stabilization and new ...

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    I know, I know, comparing the top-of-the-line Android phone with the bottom-of-the-barrel Windows Phone is crazy talk.  However, recently we saw Ben Rudolph's video showing how much gear you could get for the price of an off-contract Samsung Galaxy S4; including the new inexpensive Nokia Lumia 521 Windows Phone of course.  Ben paid $750 for the off-contract AT&T version of the Galaxy S 4 from Best Buy but the T-Mobile version is only $629.  He showed how you could get a Nokia Lumia 521 straight up with no contract subsidy for only $150 and then use the rest of that $600 to buy some ...

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    Pocketnow Insider isn't just about video. It's a collection of posts that offers a glimpse behind the scenes of Pocketnow - and a brief look into the lives of the people behind it. This new recurring text series offers you the opportunity to get to know our editors better, outside the scope of their work here on the site. Our second installment features Senior Editor Adam Z. Lein. You'll find out about his background, interests, and activities - and a bit about his duties here on Pocketnow as well. We hope you enjoy this new series documenting the lives of the people who keep Pocketnow ...

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    Star Trek is one of the most widely praised science fiction series of the 20th century.  I highly doubt that anybody working in the technology industry today has never seen at least one episode of Star Trek.  As is often the case, fact follows fiction and all of those people who ever saw a Star Trek episode have often thought to themselves, "Wouldn't that be cool if we could really make that?" This week, Microsoft has been featuring some special Star Trek images and facts as part of an Easter Egg interface on Bing.com and of course the new "Star Trek: Into Darkness" is being released to ...

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    My first and biggest complaint after buying the Surface Pro months ago was that it did not include WinTab drivers for the screen's pressure sensitive digitizer input. The hardware supports pressure sensitivity, but with the default drivers, that only worked in certain newer graphics programs like Sketchbook Pro and Manga Studio. My first tweet the day I bought the Surface Pro went to the Surface team explaining that they NEED to implement the WinTab drivers. At first they thought it was an Adobe issue, but really they just needed some help from Wacom to make the right drivers. Those ...

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    Every time Nokia announces another "Asha" low-end phone there are always people out there trying to extrapolate that into an indication that Nokia is giving up on Microsoft and abandoning the Windows Phone operating system that they are supposedly so committed to.  *cough*VentureBeat*cough*TheVerge*cough*  The truth is that Nokia has never stopped working on low-end inexpensive phones running their s40 operating system and have consistently been releasing new versions of these types of phones the whole time. Back in 2011, during the Nokia Windows Phone announcement, they said outright ...

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