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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    I’ve done a lot of soul searching of the past few weeks. It’s been a hard journey, but I have come to some realizations of late. I’ve been on Android since the beginning of Seeptember, and I’m running out of excuses to not go back to Windows Phone. I have two left – the Review Rebuttal for the Galaxy Note Edge is the first, and we’ll talk about the second in a moment, but after that, I’m just not sure. Why am I still on Android? My go-to excuse has been the Moto 360. The darn thing doesn’t work on anything else. But that’s not the real reason. Part of me wanted to say, it ...

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    Here in the States, we have the big three in carriers – AT&T, Verizon, and (kinda) Sprint. T-Mobile is in a class by itself, a small carrier with big dreams that likes to make big news. Finally, there’s the next tier of carriers. I’m not really sure how to label these carriers. They’re not really “small” per se, but perhaps less well known? Less respected even? They are largely pre-paid carriers. This is nice because it means no contract, but it also means no subsidizing phones. Ok, rest of world, “No big deal”, I get it. But in the States, that’s kind of a deal ...

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    “This town ain’t big enough for the both of us.” So the saying goes, and I have to wonder if we have reached a level of saturation to the point of being redundant. What I’m referring to are phablets and tablets. Specifically, the extremely slight difference between them when it comes to screen size, power etc. Phones are getting bigger and bigger. Tablets are getting smaller. There are actually phones and tablets that are roughly the same size as each other. The Amazon Kindle now comes in a six inch variant much like the Lumia 1520, or the device I recently played with, the Alcatel ...

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    This week, on the Pocketnow Weekly, my colleagues and I talked a bit about data privacy and security. It’s funny, because this topic just so happened to be on my plate this week. So now, it’s time to put a little thought experiment out to the masses, to get a sense of where everyone is on this. What if? The headline says it all. What if your government – wherever you happen to live – offered a 100% subsidized data plan. The catch is, the government would transparently monitor every bit of data that passes across your mobile device. Emails, location, the whole kit and caboodle. For ...

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    An interesting thing happened this year, that flew under the radar a little bit. Microsoft once promised that Windows Phone 8.1 could just as easily be installed on or even dual-booted with Android on the same hardware with just a few tweaks here or there. This raised some eyebrows at the potential implications. But like a lot of potential implications in the Windows Phone world, this implication went largely ignore and wasn’t pursued. Then HTC made a splash – the HTC One M8 for Windows. Lolwut? For Windows? Sure enough, the exact same HTC One M8 hardware - second lens and all - was ...

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    Intro It’s a question that a lot of us need to answer, because of who we are. What phone should I buy? So often, the answer to this question really depends on the user’s history. Are you tied into an ecosystem? What smartphones have you had in the past? What are you used to? But every now and then, you get a blank slate. You get a field of freshly fallen snow. No footprints to disturb the unbroken landscape. So you get to help them decide where the snow angel is going to go. You have a virtual blank slate, with no preconceptions. So what do you tell those people? Well, we at Pocketnow ...

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    Not too long ago, Nokia found itself on a burning platform. At least, that’s what Stephen Elop said. To fight the fire, Nokia had to go all in, or double down if you will, on a platform that gave it the best chance of survival. Mr. Elop then put on his night cap, and slipped in between the sheets and started spooning Microsoft. Microsoft then became Nokia’s daddy, and the rest is history. Except some Nokia employees were not satisfied with that arrangement. MeeGo, Nokia’s own operating system had a special place in their hearts. The fact that Stephen Elop ceased all development on ...

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    Phones are some of the most personal electronics you can buy. The reasons for this are quite varied, but it doesn’t change the fact that your phone is as close to an electronic extension of yourself as anything. We feel this connection that is unlike anything we feel with a laptop, tablet, desktop, etc. It’s. Our. Phone. As much as we can “feel” about an electronic device, our phones will generally have it in spades. So what makes us think we can get a phone for someone else? Tis the seasons to start contemplating how much you love your family and friends. Our holiday gift guide is ...

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    Phones today are getting larger and larger. I hearken back to the days when it was fun to brag about how small your smartphone was. Now, it’s all about the size of the boat, and not so much about the motion in the ocean. There’s just one small problem with big phones – evolution. You see, a billion years (give or take a few billion) of trial and error have determined what an ideal hand size is on a biped. Spoiler alert, it isn’t big enough to hold a Note. So what is a big-screen toting user to do? Obviously, some compromises have to be made. If you want all that prime screen real ...

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    The mobile industry is not exactly known for the longevity of its design elements. After all, new developments and innovations are popping up all the time, making things bigger, faster, smaller, thinner, or whatever happens to be desired by that particular element. Then there’s the home button on iPhones. This represents quite possibly the oldest, most persistent design element in mobile. It’s the grandfather of smartphone controls. While others have tried physical buttons, capacitive buttons, soft keys, you name it, the home button persists. I have to wonder if maybe it’s time to ...

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    Sorry Matias Duarte. I’m not buying it. I know you came on stage months ago and all the geeks got all googley like preteens at a One Direction meet and greet, but what really did you bring to the table? It’s just a new UI for cripes sake. I’m just not buying material design. I don’t know. I guess it’s pretty. But Duarte went out of his way to show how everything was layered in material design. My first instinct then is still my reaction today – didn’t we want everything flat just a couple of years ago? Didn’t we criticize this UI and that UI for having layers and drop ...

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    You have to admit. It’d be a very “Apple” thing to do. It would be very “Apple” to let the seeds of a new industry start to take root and then swoop in and dominate the market. The Apple Watch may be better in some ways, and it might be worse in some ways, but it is almost certainly going to be insanely popular. Because it’s Apple, and that’s what Apple does. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not here to stroke Apple’s ego. I’m just dictating its general trend for behavior. Apple has a reputation for letting others get their hands dirty in the refinement of a product, only to ...

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    There are a few things in the world that can be called a “classic”. Some TV show episodes are “classic” examples of what the show was about. Some cars are iconic enough to be called “classic”. So why can’t a smartphone be a classic as well? A user on Facebook asked us that very question. And it got the hamsters running. So what would go into a “classic” smartphone? A classic smartphone would be one that defined the era in which it came up. It would be an instant reminder of all that was right about the smartphone as we remember them. So I took it to the team – what in ...

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    Last week, Stephen Schenck’s “Dial F for Fail” segment was an argument against subscription payment systems. A lot of what I write in this article will rehash his comments during that segment, and on the back half will be my rebuttal to that stance. That’s not normally how this column works, but it is this week, so buckle in. #TeamSchenck Stephen made his argument while discussing YouTube’s new music streaming service, YouTube Music Key. This music streaming service allows you to remove ads from YouTube videos, download them for offline viewing, etc for about eight dollars per ...

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    It’s interesting what is going on in the wearables camp. There are two separate factions – fitness bands and smartwatches, both claiming to do just enough of the other to make the other not necessary. FitBits, and Bands, and 360’s abound in the wearables circle. Most of the time, we here at Pocketnow talk about the watches more than the bands, but there is that other camp that keeps hanging around so let’s step aside for a moment and examine. Health and fitness trackers have made a bigger boom in the industry than smartwatches to date. There are a number of factors surrounding that ...

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