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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    As we look out into the smartwatch landscape, we see a pattern emerging. It’s a predictable pattern, but what surprises me is that it happened so fast. Like so many other products, especially those products in mobile technology, the smartwatch space has sorted itself out into three distinct tiers – low-, middle- and high-end. In the beginning Things started off pretty cut and dried. Pebble smartwatches started off with just the original Pebble. Then it introduced the Pebble Steel, which basically replaced the Pebble as the high-end option. In a very Apple-like fashion, the original ...

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    You know? I was willing to let it slide when just one OEM was doing it, but now that it seems to be becoming a trend, maybe it’s time to say something. A lot of us are obsessed with the design and build quality of modern smartphones, and we’re becoming more and more aware of the materials that our phones are built out of. There is such a call out there for metal, aluminum (or al-you-min-e-yum, if you’re pretentious) or even more exotic (for a smartphone) materials – leather, bamboo, and the like. And introducing... Motorola made a splash when it announced Moto Maker. Specifically, ...

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    I recently resurrected a series of editorials called “This week in mobile history” which offers us a look back at the things that have happened in our mobile past. This is a challenge for me since I was a relative late-comer to the mobile tech space, diving in with the introduction of webOS in 2009. Woulda, shoula, coulda. Anyway. This series of columns allows me to look back and remember the things I’ve seen but also to learn about what I missed, and one thing that I missed was the Microsoft Courier. The what? The Microsoft Courier was a dual screened book of a tablet that closed ...

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    Update: The direct download is available right now, along with additional outtakes from episode 145! Grab both down below and enjoy! For those of you with more refined entertainment tastes, you know what I’m talking about. You go to the theater, the usher shows you your seats, you open your playbill and find a hastily enclosed slip of paper saying “The part of Michael Fisher tonight will be played by understudy, Adam Doud”. You go through a range of emotions – anger, confusion, curiosity??? And then quickly back to anger. Michael will return next week, but seeing as how this is ...

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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 the 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 in less than a decade – from phones that (barely) handled email to pocket-sized computers that a increasingly ...

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    We’re all friends here, right? We can get along just fine with each other. No one is out to destroy anyone else here. This is just a pretty little oasis and there is plenty of water around for everyone. Cool? Yeah, not so much. Now that the Apple Watch is out and getting strapped to peoples wrists in earnest, the smartwatch landscape is, like the smartphone and table space, a three horse race – Pebble, Apple, and Google. Apple is the new contender in the wearable space with its Apple watch, while Android Wear and Pebble have been around for some time now. Some have speculated that now ...

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    Phones have hit a bit of a lull of late. From a design perspective, you’ve got your candy bars and you’ve got...absolutely nothing else. Every flagship that comes out these days is a black slab phone, 4.7 – 6 inches in size with some kind of material/color on the back. Maybe it’s leather, maybe it’s metal, maybe it’s a pretty color. But for the most part, when you are toddling on down to the phone store looking for a flagship, you have a vision in your mind of what you’ll be looking at. Darwinian It’s that very vision that has driven smartphone design for years now. It’s ...

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    One of the neatest products on the market today is the ASUS PadFone. The PadFone is an interesting device in that it may solve a problem a lot of us have – which screen should I use? This is a question I deal with every day when I wonder what device I should use when I’m on the train, or at work, or at my desk at home. Ideally, I’d have one device that grew and shrank as I need it, or as the situation dictates. There isn’t one device that is ideal for all situations. People talk about tablets replacing laptops, or large phones supplanting tablets, but in reality each device is ...

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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 the 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 in less than a decade – from phones that (barely) handled email to pocket-sized computers that a increasingly ...

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    Man, HTC, I just don’t know what to do with you. You try and redefine the industry with a new kind of camera, you fail, you try again with the same thing, you fail, and then you re-join the mainstream and you fail at that. Just what the actual heck, HTC? Maybe we need to take a step back and look at how we arrived here. History Two years ago, HTC designed and released one of the most beautiful phones to ever grace a hand. The HTC One, later known as the HTC One M7, was a gorgeous piece of hardware, but then HTC dropped the bomb on us in the form of a four ultrapixel camera. "What?! Four ...

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    Samsung shifted its position on a pretty critical and polarizing issue recently. The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge both came without two of the things it had always bragged about in the past – removable battery and expandable storage via microSD card. This was a major departure from previous iterations of the devices and it has caused quite a stir. After all, these were two trademarks that set Samsung devices apart from a number of other flagships. HTC, often referred to as the first alternative to Samsung, has shunned both the battery and memory card swapping crowds for years now. Other ...

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    I’m not a fan of cases. This is a pretty well documented fact. Putting a case on a phone is a waste of millions of R&D dollars. Sure you’re protecting your investment, but a phone is not an investment – at least not the kind of investment that you can expect a return from. All things being equal, a phone shouldn’t have to be all that protected. It’s meant to be in your pocket or in your hand. Butter fingers aside, those should be relatively damage free environments. Watches on the other hand are a different matter. Those devices are meant to be strapped onto the outside of ...

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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 the 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 in less than a decade – from phones that (barely) handled email to pocket-sized computers that a increasingly ...

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    Great news, Pocketnow fans! LG has partnered up with Pocketnow to give away five VR headsets for the LG G3. You might remember that LG gave away a bunch of these a just a couple of months ago, in select markets. These headsets are basically plastic Google Cardboard variants that are designed for the LG G3. Yes, this is the one time when "plastic" is actually an upgrade. Our readers will have a chance to win one of these headsets in five different areas of our online presence. Keep in mind, this is just the VR headset, not the phone itself. First of all, let's be clear about a couple of ...

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    Back in September, Tim Cook had something special to show off. The Apple Watch, featuring Apple Pay, a whole new app launcher, and the special “Imma watch you die” heartbeat sensor. It was small, it lasted a whole day, and it was coming…soon. Then, in October, “Wow! There it is again!” It’s small, it comes in a crap load of options and styles, and you can still watch your loved ones die. And it’s coming…soon. After that, there was a whole lotta nothing, presumably because they were ramping up the ol’ factories to get these babies going. Finally, in March we saw a whole ...

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    Apple has a funny history of being incredibly strict when it comes to design and options. Two years ago the iPhone 5c came in its fun candy shell, featured five different colors. This was a great leap forward in the evolution of Apple design. Before the iPhone 5c, the iPhone pretty much came in black or white, or occasionally (and horribly) gold. So if you were looking to accessorize after Labor Day, you better hope you have the black one. But now, the iPhone 5c seems to have opened the floodgates as it were because now with the Apple Watch, the sky is the limit when it comes to choices. ...

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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 the 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 in less than a decade – from phones that (barely) handled email to pocket-sized computers that a increasingly ...

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    A lot goes into choosing the right smartphone. In fact, a helluvalot goes into it. There are a ton of things to consider. Specs, look and feel, fluidity, operating system all come into play when we set our brains to churning about what phone to buy. But we at Pocketnow wanted to know, what’s the most important aspect of a smartphone. The number one item on your list that makes you say, “I ain’t buying this thing if it doesn’t have X”? The guts Cores and GPUs and gigahertzes, and all that jazz. What gets you going is having the best of the best of the best, even if your phone ...

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    Much like the Pocketnow Weekly, of which Michael Fisher likes to brag that they have “never missed a week” so too can the Weekend Debate claim this similar, although far shorter claim. So it’s Easter Sunday (for some) and here the Weekend Debate carries on! This weekend, the Weekend Debate is taking on a slightly different tone. Normally, I write in and provide both sides of an issue and let you debate in the comments which is the correct side. Not so much this weekend. Because to my eyes, something really bad has happened to a great concept, and I just cannot fathom why. So I’m ...

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    There are a lot of reasons out there to love a smartwatch. They really do make your life easier. They are stylish and functional. They do not replace your smartphone, but they are not supposed to. And yet a lot of people – a LOT – of people out there have not climbed aboard the smartwatch band wagon. Here we are almost a year after the announcement of Android Wear and I can count the number of “in the wild” smartwatches I’ve seen on one hand. I roll with a group of tech savvy individuals both at my job and with my friends and nobody has a smartwatch. So what gives? Too big I know ...

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    With the Surface 3 coming out just 24 hours ago, we thought it was time to look ahead a bit and think about what we'd like to see for the Surface Pro 4. It's probably safe to say that the Surface Pro 4 will debut with Windows 10 which means it's likely still months away. That's ok though, because we can still dream. Here's what some of the Pocketnow editors are dreaming about. Adam Doud Contributing Editor "The main package is right. Now perfect the details." The Surface Pro 3 is a great tablet and is as close to being a laptop replacement as anyone has gotten. The combination of power ...

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    So, hey Microsoft. You still do know how to keep a relationship fresh and interesting. There we were minding our own business having breakfast together and you drop this bomb. It wasn’t quite like a, “You need to pick up the kids from soccer today and oh by the way I’m pregnant” kind of bomb, but still, it was a doozy. A nice little Surface 3 release is plenty to make a morning interesting. So there I was staring at this new device you dropped in our laps and I didn’t quite know what to make of it. At first, I was like “no 'Pro'…it's not RT is it?” But no, sure enough, ...

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    The news has dropped, the review is out, so let’s take a long hard look at this smartphone that HTC is calling its flagship and find out if HTC hit a home run, or a lazy fly to the shortstop. On the one hand, the HTC One M9 does bring some new specifications in the same gorgeous package as its predecessors. Without a doubt, the Snapdragon 810 processor is a step up over the One M8’s Snapdragon 801. Add to that Android Lollipop, an extra gig of RAM and a bigger battery and this is a decent spec bump over its predecessor. Smarter smartphones HTC is also trying to get smarter about its ...

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    It’s interesting to see the turn some phones have taken of late. It seems like the entire industry is focused on making you a healthier and better you. That’s really great in some ways because it points to a societal awareness and desire to live longer and be stronger. But at the same time, there are a lot of things about this that the industry seems to be getting wrong, or at the very least, not right. Fingerprints Biometric data is becoming a more and more important part of our smartphones. If you’re holding a newer iPhone, look no further than the home button. A fingerprint ...

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    Smartwatches are a blossoming category, especially now that all three major platforms have their own. Apple introduced the Apple Watch, Microsoft introduced the Microsoft Band, and Android introduced a flood of new smartwatches seemingly weekly as Android tends to do. Couple that with the more platform agnostic offerings of Pebble and there’s actually a few decisions to be made here. If you’re on iOS, you can decide between pricey and super-pricey Apple Watch offerings or the aforementioned Pebble. On Android Wear there are no options ranging from $200 up into the thousands, and of ...

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