Posts by Adam Doud

Adam joined the tech world after watching Jon Rubenstein demo the most epic phone ever at CES 2009. He is webOS enthusiast, Windows Phone fan, and Android skeptic. He loves the outdoors, is an avid Geocacher, Cubs/Blackhawks fan, and family man living in Sweet Home Chicago, where he STILL hosts monthly webOS meetups (Don’t call it a comeback!). He can be found tweeting all things tech as @DeadTechnology, or chi-town sports at @oneminutecubs. Read more about Adam Doud!

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    Update: A previous version of this article referred to the professor of the S6 Edge as a Snapdragon 810. The actual processor is the Exynos 7420. Apologies for the misinformation. I took a vacation last week out to the east coast of the US. I stopped by New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. All of these places were crammed wall-to-wall with touristy stuff to do from architectural beauty to breathtaking history. Also part of this trip, I got to meet some current and former colleagues from Pocketnow and beyond. In short, I needed a great camera, or I was going to be very, very angry ...

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    The mobile world moves quickly – probably faster than just about any other industry in the world. New devices are announced on what feels like a weekly basis; perpetual software updates are hitting for hundreds of mobile devices; one-off press events are always happening; and while phones seem to have a longer life span than they did back in, say 2010, they still become antiques in what feels like no time. Looking back, it's crazy to see how far the industry has come over the years – from phones that (barely) handled email to pocket-sized computers that an increasingly awesome for ...

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    The Pebble Time is a really nice smartwatch. It’s so nice in fact that I haven’t stopped wearing it since I got it. I have a Moto360 at home waiting patiently, but right now the Pebble Time is doing a very good job doing what I need it to do. But more than that, I’m enjoying a very personalized Pebble Time experience. This isn’t to say that I can’t have that kind of experience on Android Wear – that’s not what this article is about. What we are talking about here is how to get the most out of your Pebble Time and really make the experience yours. Faces of fun The watch face ...

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    Samsung hit a home run with its latest flagships – the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. You can read our review and review rebuttal if you don’t believe me, but there was one place where Samsung took one big step back in the design of the GS6 and GS 6 Edge – water proofing. The Galaxy S5 was waterproof bearing a 67 IP rating. The Galaxy S6, with its lack of memory card and non-removable battery does not get that same distinction. You would think it’d easier to waterproof a phone like that, but for whatever reason Samsung left it out. And it really shouldn’t have. All the protection ...

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    The mobile world moves quickly – probably faster than just about any other industry in the world. New devices are announced on what feels like a weekly basis; perpetual software updates are hitting for hundreds of mobile devices; one-off press events are always happening; and while phones seem to have a longer life span than they did back in, say 2010, they still become antiques in what feels like no time. Looking back, it's crazy to see how far the industry has come over the years – from phones that (barely) handled email to pocket-sized computers that an increasingly awesome for ...

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    Consider for a moment that you hate how your phone looks. Or consider the very opposite – you love how it looks and you want it to look pristine until all the sands of time have fallen. Or consider you have a coupon. For whatever reason, you have disregarded all the designers and builders at your OEM of choice and you have decided to cover up your new beauty with..something. Well, let’s talk about those somethings. The case for the case Cases are one of the first things people think of when considering how to best protect their investment. Make no mistake; a phone is an investment. ...

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    The mobile world moves quickly – probably faster than just about any other industry in the world. New devices are announced on what feels like a weekly basis; perpetual software updates are hitting for hundreds of mobile devices; one-off press events are always happening; and while phones seem to have a longer life span than they did back in, say 2010, they still become antiques in what feels like no time. Looking back, it's crazy to see how far the industry has come over the years – from phones that (barely) handled email to pocket-sized computers that an increasingly awesome for ...

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    As efforts like After The Buzz, the Pocketnow U-Review, and Empty Nest demonstrate, we’re constantly searching for fresh ways to review mobile technology. The newest product of those efforts is Pocketnow’s “Review Rebuttal” series, in which a member of our team is assigned to test a smartphone or tablet that’s already gone through our standard review process. While the resulting video or editorial doesn’t affect the “official” Pocketnow review score, we hope it provides added context by showcasing an editor’s personal opinion, rather than a team-wide consensus. We call it ...

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    OEMs are trying to find their place in this landscape. Some are more successful at this than others. But the one thing that many of these OEMs have in common is the fact that they’re all looking for that one magic bullet. That one thing that really sets them apart from others. Sometimes it’s building materials. Sometimes it’s software. Today, we’re talking about one such magic bullet – the curved screen phenomenon that we’ve seen of late. Curved screens have been somewhat elusive until recently for two real reasons. First, finding a durable material that could work being bent ...

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    The mobile world moves quickly – probably faster than just about any other industry in the world. New devices are announced on what feels like a weekly basis; perpetual software updates are hitting for hundreds of mobile devices; one-off press events are always happening; and while phones seem to have a longer life span than they did back in, say 2010, they still become antiques in what feels like no time. Looking back, it's crazy to see how far the industry has come over the years – from phones that (barely) handled email to pocket-sized computers that an increasingly awesome for ...

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    When designing smartphones, an OEM needs to take a lot of factors into consideration. Design, aesthetics, functionality, and use-cases all need to be taken into account. So the question came up recently – would it be possible to design a smartphone with no ports? It’s an intriguing proposition, on many levels. But you need to split up the question – “could it be possible” and “should it be done.” We’ll tackle the first one first. Could it be possible? Of course, a portless phone is possible. There have been some great innovations these past few years that allow such a ...

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    This past weekend, our own Michael Fisher participated in an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on Reddit. So by Internet standards, Michael has “made it” and we’re all better for knowing him. All kidding aside, you should give it a read. One of the questions that Michael was asked was about the “perfect smartphone” and his answer was basically that everyone is different, so people are going to receive smartphones in different ways. I personally love a great camera, and I’m absolutely head over heels with the phone I’m carrying now – spoiler alert? Nah. Stay tuned to the end of ...

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    Phones are sooooo 2014. Let’s talk wearables. Now, as many of you know, I’m a fan of wearables. Watches in particular. Sure, Bluetooth headsets hold a special place in my heart – a place I don’t think about much to be sure – but special nonetheless. But when you’re looking at the wearable space, you’re really talking about Bluetooth headsets and smartwatches. That’s not a bad thing, really. But there’s a lot of maturing that needs to happen, and perhaps some innovation. We thought we’d take a look at some potential innovations and see which one had the most promise to ...

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    Windows phone is still treading water. Despite a lot of hoopla around Windows 10 and what it will mean for mobile, Windows Phone is still hanging around – not really growing, not really shrinking. But, the status quo is not a good one for Windows Phone. Presumably at some point, Microsoft is going to need to stop losing money or even gain a profit if this Windows Phone venture is to continue. Pet projects We all have our pet projects – those tasks we take on even though there’s little to no profit in it. I have a podcast (shameless self-promotion) that doesn’t really make any ...

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    The mobile world moves quickly – probably faster than just about any other industry in the world. New devices are announced on what feels like a weekly basis; perpetual software updates are hitting for hundreds of mobile devices; one-off press events are always happening; and while phones seem to have a longer life span than they did back in, say 2010, they still become antiques in what feels like no time. Looking back, it's crazy to see how far the industry has come over the years – from phones that (barely) handled email to pocket-sized computers that an increasingly awesome for ...

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    One of the really cool things that I enjoy most about my Moto360 is the customizable watch faces I can create using a normal JPG upload and few customization options. I love this because I can really make the watch mine. It’s not worth the developmental hassle to make a custom watch face and code it for the Play Store and everything because at the end of the day, how many people are going to want a TekBeard watch face? Plenty more people would be interested in a Pocketnow watch face, but still, that’s a lot of coding for a very specific audience. When I got my Pebble Time, one of the ...

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    The Pebble Time is here. Michael Fisher and I have both received ours and so far, we’re really enjoying our time with them. But as it turns out, we’re really enjoying our time with them – no pun intended by the way – because we were both using the Pebble Time with Android devices. Android and the Pebble Time get along together swimmingly. The Pebble Time and the iPhone however, not such a great relationship. Or at least, that’s what we’d heard. So I decided to take the Pebble Time for a spin along side and iPhone 6 plus for a weekend. Here’s how things turned out. What it ...

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    I suppose it was inevitable. I mean, I knew I wouldn’t be able to hold out for too long. I thought I’d last longer, but I hear that’s common in tech reviewers my age. But here I am, finally. I may as well just accept it. I’m using two consecutive phones with biometric unlock capability. What did you think I was talking about? Anyway. I picked up an iPhone 6 plus for another work-related experiment. The iPhone 6 Plus, of course, features Touch ID, arguably the gold standard of fingerprint unlock in the smartphone space. Before that (and after), I was using the Samsung Galaxy S6 ...

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    Battery life is a constant struggle in the smartphone world. Why is that, you might ask? Well because our phones are thin and light. Batteries are the polar opposite to that – big and heavy. At least they are if you want them to last long enough to power through your day. OEMs are waging a war against the battery plight, and one of their biggest weapons at the moment is called “power saving mode.” Shut down The power savings in power saving mode come from a number of different optimizations. Most of them involve shutting down various functions of your smartphone so that it’s a lot ...

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    The mobile world moves quickly – probably faster than just about any other industry in the world. New devices are announced on what feels like a weekly basis; perpetual software updates are hitting for hundreds of mobile devices; one-off press events are always happening; and while phones seem to have a longer life span than they did back in, say 2010, they still become antiques in what feels like no time. Looking back, it's crazy to see how far the industry has come over the years – from phones that (barely) handled email to pocket-sized computers that an increasingly awesome for ...

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    If you are a mobile technology fan, chances are you are on Twitter. You tweet, mention, retweet, and favorite with abandon those accounts that tickle your fancy. Mobile technology geeks are no strangers to the wonders of social media, so when one of them has some unusual goings on it’s enough for us to stand up and take notice. While not directly related to mobile, which is our bread and butter here at Pocketnow, Twitter is still an enormous part of our lives, so we wanted to take a look at what it’s doing right, and more specifically, what Twitter is missing. Reeling them in When you ...

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    Back in the mid '90s, during the pager era, I hung up my watch for good. Why do I need a watch to tell time, when my pager does it for me? That made sense. I was always a little bit of a freak since I wore my watch on my right hand (despite being right-handed) so why not stop confusing people? So I hung up my watch for good. My watch-wearing days were over. Until I visited Motorola’s headquarters last fall, that is. I was introduced to the Moto360 and my love affair with watches was rekindled. But normal watches would not do for me. I fell in love with smartwatches. That love affair ...

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    At WWDC, Apple introduced a host of new features to iOS 9, including its new Proactive feature. This is a very Google Now-like service that will give contextually aware reminders, take actions without prompting, anticipate what you want, etc. This is all a really nice upgrade for the iOS experience. And if Apple had left it at that, this article would not exist. It's your data But Apple was quick to point out that unlike some other personal assistants out there, Apple’s does everything on device and there is absolutely no access to your personal data. What happens on the phone, stays on ...

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    I’m a Windows Phone fan who has been on Android for about nine months now. Ever since I got the Moto360, then the Pebble, I have been pretty much addicted to smartwatches, and Windows Phone just doesn’t have them. Ok, it has the Band, but I don’t really count that. So I’m left with Android. But I don’t want that to sound like a bad thing – it’s not. I’m doing just fine on Android thank you very much, and a big reason why is Google Now. A hard sell Google Now is one of those services that’s hard to describe. Actually, it’s not really hard to ~describe~ so much as it’s ...

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    The mobile world moves quickly – probably faster than just about any other industry in the world. New devices are announced on what feels like a weekly basis; perpetual software updates are hitting for hundreds of mobile devices; one-off press events are always happening; and while phones seem to have a longer life span than they did back in, say 2010, they still become antiques in what feels like no time. Looking back, it's crazy to see how far the industry has come over the years – from phones that (barely) handled email to pocket-sized computers that an increasingly awesome for ...

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