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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    It wasn’t really a surprise. I mean, Tim Cook announced pricing on the Apple Watch months ago. Maybe we were all just hoping for a “Gotcha!” after he said it. Maybe we’d hoped he’d just seen the light. But sure enough, during the Apple Watch event, we got reminded of the price of the Apple Watch. It came in at just a hair over half the price of an iPhone. But the thing is, that’s where the price starts. $349 is for the very base model. The Apple Watch comes in a variety of styles that goes all the way up to seventeen-holy-crap-thousand-yes-I-said-thousand dollars. For ...

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    MWC has come and gone and we saw a number of really great products coming out of Barcelona. A couple of those products really broke the mold when it comes to “traditional products.” Those products were, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and the HTC Vive. Neither of these products are necessarily “new”, per se. Both are iterations of recent innovations. The Note Edge came out last fall. The S6 Edge builds on that theme. It is similar at least so there’s not a whole lot of new ground being broken here. But, it is still relatively new territory. Similarly the HTC Vive isn’t all that new ...

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    Since I’ve been a professional (stop laughing!) writer about mobile technology, I’ve tried to really broaden my horizons with regard to this industry. But one item in particular has been really difficult to cross off of my bucket list – using iOS on a phone as a daily driver. I started off at Pocketnow as a “Windows Phone guy” who dabbled in Android a bit. Since then I’ve shifted more toward the Android side of things, but that’s mainly because there is so much more going on in the Android world, I need to know about it. But I've always had this gaping hole missing form my ...

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    Good artists copy. Great artists steal. Artists with body guards brag about it. Or something like that. But in the world where three major operating systems have reached a level where they’re all perfectly fine, and if the other two disappeared for whatever reason, most people would be able to carry on with the remaining one. But let’s face it, no one platform is really perfect. There are things that other platforms do better than others, and that’s true for all three. So we decided to put our heads together and tinker a little bit with our platforms of choice. So I asked each editor ...

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    I love weird phones. This isn’t really a secret. I’ve had a parade of weird phones march across my desk for the past eight months. Now, the Galaxy S6 Edge is official. Another weird phone has come to the masses! The phones themselves were shaped weird, worked in a weird way, or were just weird to use (by societal standards). I’ve become something of a weird aficionado. I love weird phones. But here’s the thing. The very fact that they’re weird begs the question – why make weird phones? From a strictly bottom line standpoint, weird phones are money suckers. They take a ton of ...

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    A couple of weeks ago, I used a BlackBerry phone for the first time as a daily driver. I carried it for a couple of weeks a learned a lot about what it means to be a quintessential BlackBerry user. Today, I have dashed completely to the other side of the market share spectrum and I have entered another culture, which is in some ways more interesting and in other ways a bit scarier. Today, I am an iPhone user. For the first few years of my career in mobile technology, I had in irrational hatred for all things Apple. They were too expensive, too limited, too…Starbucks…for me to take ...

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    Funny thing about startups. Sometimes they strike gold, and sometimes they strike fool’s gold. Pebble seems to be the former as it announced its new Time smartwatch that will be available in May. The Time smartwatch will have a color screen, maintain its week-long battery life, and include voice input. Pebble has also recreated its interface on more of a time-based model, rather than app based. Then I saw the money. The moo-lah. The dinero. Pebble asked for $500,000 on Kickstarter and as of this writing, they’ve raised ten million dollars. So, one might say, that Pebble’s got game. ...

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    Samsung has a history of trying things out. If there is a need in the mobile industry, Samsung has tried to fill it. If there was a perceived need in the industry, Samsung tried to fill it. If there was no need, well, you get the idea. Samsung is a very mainstream phone manufacturer. Step out of your house and trip down the stairs of your front porch and you’ll probably land on a Samsung. But Samsung also likes to live on the fringes of mobile society, which is where I found myself a few months ago. I got to spend some time with the Galaxy Note Edge for the purposes of doing a review ...

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    MWC is the largest mobile electronics show of the season. From around the globe vendors, OEMs, and carriers unite in Barcelona for a week filled with toys and gadgets that make sites like these downright giddy with excitement. It’s like Christmas and Opening Day rolled into one. There’s hope and anticipation hanging in the air. And right in the middle of it, two Android powerhouses square off and deliver an epic one-two punch to the mobile industry. Samsung stands unrivaled in market share around the world, but has found that stranglehold slipping of late. HTC is the plucky upstart – ...

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    One of the benefits of driving a rental car is you get to taste a little bit of how others live. Unlike smartphones, cars don’t generally get rotate on a two-year cycle. If you buy a car, chances are you have it for at least five years, if not ten or fifteen. So it’s easy to get out of touch with what’s going on in the world of automobiles. But sometimes life affords you the opportunity to explore just a bit, and that’s how I found myself behind the wheel of a Ford Edge recently. Microsoft has partnered with Ford for some time now, powering Ford’s entertainment/environmental ...

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    There’s so much craziness afoot in the Pocketnow world! Michael Fisher is switching carriers; I’m using phones from China. It’s madness I tell you, madness! But among all this fun stuff, some real questions have been raised about what phones work on what and where this phone will work and where it won’t. Some of our readers just want to import phones from other places to get the new hotness. So we decided to dive in a bit and see if we could help some of our Pocketnow brothers and sisters out with a little bit of knowledge. It’s what we do here. Scratching the surface So as it ...

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    Microsoft introduced its brand new developer preview of Windows 10 to the eager masses last week. Well, it delivered it to some of the eager masses last week. To the rest of the eager masses, there was a giant shoulder shrug emanating out of Redmond. So it made us wonder – what is with Microsoft and its failure to smoothly launch Windows software? Some have argued that Microsoft’s Windows 10 Preview launch is not going all that well, so far. Stephen Schenck wondered this aloud on his latest “Dial ‘F’ for Fail” segment of the latest Pocketnow Weekly. He laid out some excellent ...

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    Hello all! I hijacked Anton's normal thread so that we could play a little game of make-believe. Imagine, if you will, that you are suddenly in the market for a new TV. You go out and you check out all the various options that are out there. Finally you find one that speaks to you. It’s not the brightest, or the shiniest TV at the store, but you feel a connection with it. This thing will entertain me. There’s just one little problem with it. It only plays episodes of Stargate. Lolwut? You heard me. This is a wonderful TV that can call up any episode of Stargate, at any time – the ...

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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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    I’ve been experiencing a lot of firsts of the past few months. I’ve had my first smartwatch review, first time carrying a BlackBerry, and first time testing a device from overseas. It’s the latter I want to discuss today. The fine folks over at Efox-shop hooked us up with a recently released Xiaomi Mi Note and are allowing us to play with it. I’ve had the device in hand for a few days, and been using it as a daily driver for just a couple of days, since saying goodbye to the Galaxy Note Edge. So I wanted to share with you a few first impressions of this device. First of all, the ...

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    Once a few years ago, my wife and I were sitting on the couch, and a commercial came on. In it were a few scenarios where a user would activate Siri and do…whatever. When the commercial was over, my wife turned to me and said, “That makes me want to get an iPhone.” More recently, Google has been running a series of “OK, Google” commercials in which people are asking Google to do various things, or look things up. On the Windows Phone side of things, Joe Belfiore has an unabashed love affair going on with Cortana. So it made me wonder, are digital assistants really the way to sell ...

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    It’s hard to get a handle on tablet sales. Numbers say they are declining, or at least plateauing. Apple sells tablets by the truckload, but it's less truckloads these days. Microsoft’s earnings had a big happy face labeled “Surface”. Android tablet sales are pretty much Kindle, Samsung, and everyone else in that order. But what is clear is that tablets as consumption devices are starting to lose their allure, just a little bit. Enough to start to make OEMs just what they are going to do about this. Apple has come up with a great solution that should help tablet sales, at least in ...

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    I have a confession to make. I’m a technology writer, and I’ve never carried a BlackBerry. Ever. There are a lot of reasons for this. By the time I got heavily into the mobile tech scene, BlackBerry had its bags packed and was waiting for a cab. That’s the prime reason. When I started with Pocketnow, The Z10 and Q10 were launched within a few weeks. I wanted to get my hands on one, but it wasn’t in the cards. That is no longer the case. So these days, I’m toting the BlackBerry Classic, courtesy of GSM Nation and US Mobile, which is appropriate in many ways. And I wanted to give ...

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    App developers have an important question to ask themselves. That question is simply – for whom do I develop? The answer is not necessarily all that simple. The evidence seems to suggest that you need to develop for iOS first, Android second, and Windows Phone if you have the resources. But is it that cut and dried? I’m not so sure. Let’s take a look at some strategies here and see where we all end up. iOS flavors iOS is not necessarily the easy answer. Why? Well, because you have two very distinct screen sizes to work with – iPhone and iPad. Lately, you even have two sizes of ...

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    Microsoft made me excited about a Microsoft product again. Cortana was really the last time that happened, and I’m happy to report that my excitement was well-founded in that case. But this year, Microsoft introduced Windows Holographic, an augmented reality self contained headset that has a ton of potential in many market segments. This is what investors like to see – multiple applications in multiple verticals, or something like that. I lost my English to Business BS dictionary. So we decided to do a quick roundup from some of our editors on what we saw for the future ...

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    Microsoft had some big announcements last week. Announcements that left your head spinning, once you took Marty McFly Jr’s headset off that is. Microsoft even let the phones get into the picture, which was pretty cool. But it left me wondering if Microsoft shared any truly compelling reasons for people to come to the platform. Cortana First of all, let is be said that Cortana alone is a compelling reason to come to the platform. Microsoft’s digital assistant is accurate, fun, and a joy to use. Cortana is one of the things I miss most about Windows Phone, and quite honestly will be a ...

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    This past week, we got to see a bit of what Microsoft was planning for Windows Phone. Microsoft even checked off a few items on our wish list, which we appreciated. One other little nugget that Microsoft dropped on us was that new flagship hardware was coming.  There were few real details about from whom, or when. It was just an “oh by the way” on the way out the door. Perhaps we will see Microsoft focus on flagships for a while. This is great news! One of the reasons tech people (myself included) have been walking away from the platform is because of that very lack of high-end ...

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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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    Here’s the thing. I don’t get Google Glass. I never have. At first, it seemed like a Bluetooth headset, only more pretentious. It was a vague concept that you can use to “connect without disconnecting,” or while “staying in the moment” or some other kind of marketing drivel. Then it was priced at $1,500, and I only stopped laughing about that last week, which is when they coincidentally pulled Google Glass off the shelves, presumably with a dust buster close at hand. Earlier, we were introduced to Microsoft Holographic. At first, when they used the word “holograms” I perked ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is one of the more daring Samsung offerings in some time. Is it as daring as super gluing a camera to a smart phone? In some ways, it is not. But, one of the scary things about the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is that this phone is so unique, Samsung might just be on to something. In many ways, that makes this phone even more daring than the camera/phone hybrid. Because this design might have some much to offer, it might just stick around. I’ve had a couple of weeks with the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge and I’ve come across a couple of fun things to do with it that ...

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