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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    A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the possibility of giving up your smartphone for a collection of devices. This personal cloud of devices would include a smartwatch, a heads-up display, a battery pack/WiFi device, and whatever else. It would be a personal network of devices, all excelling at what they did individually to make up a collective whole. This is a fascinating concept when you think about it. One of the things I like the most about wearable tech is its omnipresent, but unobtrusive nature – there when you need it, out of the way when you don’t. But it does beg the ...

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    It’s one of those things we often take for granted, but it’s a legitimate question. All too often we are offered the latest smartphones in one, two, or three colors. But what are our favorite colors for a smart phone? That’s what we’re here to find out in a Pocketnow Poll. Our editors have sounded off below, and then we’ll ask your opinion, but first I wanted to take a moment to discuss color and my borderline-sordid history of color. I’ve had a virtual rainbow for smartphones in my time from a magenta (read: pink) Lumia 800, to a Cyan Lumia 900, to a Yellow Lumia 920. I had a ...

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    A couple of life events recently just reminded me of a life lesson that bears repeating every once in a while. It’s a reminder to step back and watch life, rather than trying to record life. In short, put down the camera and stop missing out. Allow me to explain. Dancing through life A couple of months back, my daughter had a dance recital. Now, let’s be clear – this is not Dance Moms. The typical park district run dance recital has very few subtle layers. There’s “incredibly bad, but incredibly cute, so who really cares?” There’s “really, legitimately talented so that’s ...

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    We live in interesting times in mobile these days. Almost everything your smartphone does is mimicked by something else, other than your smartphone. We’re talking about smartwatches, tablets – although those are a bit too easy – and even heads up displays. Everything that your smartphone tells you can be told to you by something else on you or that you’re carrying around with you. Which begs the question – what devices would we need to basically replace your smartphone? Come along with me on this little thought experiment and let’s see if we can come up with something, or ...

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    Way back in 2013, in my first article with Pocketnow, I talked about how Microsoft could climb to the lofty heights of 10% market share.  One of the ways I suggested was to advertise and I cited Microsoft’s already-widespread campaign of product placement. Indeed, since that time and going up to this season finale of Hawaii Five-0, Microsoft has been the phone of choice for Alex O'Loughlin, Grace Park, and their law-enforcing (and sometimes law-breaking) compatriots. So Microsoft must be doing well, huh? Well, I guess that is the difference between enjoying the Windows Phone experience, ...

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    Samsung is set to debut its generation-skipping Galaxy Note 7 sometime this summer. This typically reflects Samsung’s large-screen compatriot to the Galaxy S phone from earlier in the year. For the last couple of years, Samsung has issued an Edge variant to the Note series at this time as well. But pretty much the main thing distinguishing the Note from the S is the S-Pen. This isn’t exactly the definition of innovation here, amirite? Further, the Edge variant of the Note last year lost the S-Pen. Add to that the fact that this year’s Galaxy Edge was .2” inches smaller than last ...

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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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    Conferences like Google I/O and WWDC always give me a sense of mixed feelings. Because we’re all about to see some really neat new things for the platforms – even if they’re not “new” new – and that’s a really great thing. But then, we’re all about see a lot of interesting features that may not work so well, at least for several months anyway. Oh sure, you can have those features if you want them, but they’ll be in beta which is frankly a scary concept. Now, for those of us that have a few different devices, this isn’t really a big deal. I mean I can throw Android N ...

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    Samsung's next flagship is due to drop this summer. Last year's Note was arguably one of the best smartphones we've seen yet, this year's flagships included. Samsung hit a lot of the right notes with the Note 5. Looking forward, how do you improve on that? It's not an easy question to answer, but sure enough, our editors have some thoughts on the subject. So without further ado, here's our wish list for the Samsung Note 6, 7, whatever. ___________________________________________________________________________ Adam Doud Senior Editor "No steps back" When the quality bar is already set so ...

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    Yesterday, we talked about how potentially revolutionary foldable screens could be to the industry. Go ahead and take a look at the article, because this could be a pretty big deal. Suddenly a whole new world of form factors are possible with this tech. Phones could fold out into tablets and then into laptops. This could be the start of something great. But, let’s not get too ahead of ourselves, right? We’ve had our fun, speculating about what might be to come. Now it’s time to rain on our collective parade and ponder the other side of the coin. The challenges that will come with ...

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    I’m still stuck on that Lenovo event, you know? The Moto Z and the Phab2 Pro are pretty cool regardless of some questionable decisions on exclusivity. But what I keep fixating on are the things that Lenovo didn’t release/announce for our mobile pleasure. Last week, I talked about shoes. Now, let’s talk about bracelets. In one of the more ballsy displays that I recall seeing, Lenovo showed off two concept mobile devices that it has been working on. The phone/bracelet was called the CPlus and the folding tablet o’ the cat video was called the Folio (Palm peeps holla!). Both of these ...

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    Something started to dawn on me watching Google I/O, but I wasn’t really able to put my finger on it until recently. It’s something that we’ve all come to accept and I’m not so sure we’re the better for it. The Moto 360 and the Huawei watch both run the same version of Android Wear. And by “version” I don’t necessarily mean the number. What I mean is that no one, and I mean ~no one~ is skinning Android Wear on their smartwatches. And I’m not sure I understand why. Well, ok, it’s not that I don’t understand why. That’s probably the wrong way to put it. Google has not ...

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    Anyone who knows me, or has seen a photo of me, or even has read about what a tubby schlep I am probably knows that fitness is not high on my list of priorities. Indeed, if I go for a long bike ride, there’s probably a Dairy Queen at the end of it, sad to say. But while I was watching Lenovo/Moto’s event last week, one item struck me as interesting to say the least. Smart shoes. Because why not, right? Of course the concept of the smart shoe isn’t new. There are actually a few brands out there that already working on such devices, which is very intriguing to me. Then again, I own ...

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    Whelp. The Moto Z has gone and done it. No longer will our smartphones be plagued by a 3.5mm hole forcing our phones to thicknesses exceeding a whopping six millimeters. Because we don’t need no portly devices, right? Thank goodness someone has stepped up and gotten rid of that unsightly hole in the top or bottom of our phones. Seriously though, I wrote a couple of weeks ago about how USB Type-C may have come a bit too soon for the public, and since it’s now replacing decades old hardware, I thought it might be time to take a look at it again. Someone needs to remind OEMs that ...

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    WWDC’s keynote has come and gone, and with it, we have seen a glimpse of Apple’s plans for the future. Not surprisingly, Apple’s plans are rather Apple-centric. I know what you’re thinking. “Duh, it’s Apple’s conference,” but what I found very interesting was that of all the updates, all the new features, all the new apps we saw, there was nary a mention of Android and the 85% of the world that it owns/that owns it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting that Apple should be promoting the competition at its own keynote, but when you stop and consider what Microsoft and ...

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    Funny thing. I guess my latest collaborative post should have had a “Spoiler alert” tag on it, because if you read my thoughts on what I’d like to see at WWDC, you would have noticed that I talked about this editorial. Specifically, I suggested that iOS was boring and needed a major overhaul. So I started thinking about it; was I right? I’m not so sure, and that brings us to this debate. iOS has been stuck in quite the rut for years and years (and years and years) now. Its basic grid of icons and up-until-recently awful notification shade have been designed to exacting ...

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    We finally get introduced to Project Tango, now simply known as Tango. Tango made its grand entrance today on the Lenovo PHAB2 Pro, a 6.4-inch monster of a phone with built in sensors for camera, depth, motion, and I think making grilled cheese. This is the world’s first Tango enabled phone, which is very exciting, but it also gives me pause. We’ll get to that in a bit. Tango is essentially Microsoft’s Hololens on your phone. Instead of a self-contained helmet, you’re getting a self-contained phone which offers certain advantages and disadvantages over Microsoft’s implementation. ...

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    Rooting is one of those rites of passage that people look to as a milestone in geek cred. Thus, I wasn’t completely surprised when, a couple weeks ago, I mentioned that I’ve never rooted a phone and was met with almost universal negativity. Of course, I didn’t exactly phrase the tweet in a manner to elicit positive responses, so that’s partially my fault. But the fact remains that I still have never rooted an Android phone, so I wanted to dig into the subject a bit and see what I was missing out on. From what I’ve been able to gather, rooting a phone allows you to really dig in ...

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    Apple's big conference is coming next week. What will we see? iOS 7? iOS something else? Apple Watch news? New Macbooks? The sky is the limit really. There are a few things we know. It's happening next week. It will be long. A lot will be covered. I'm sure we'll get news about Health Kit, Apple Home. Maybe we'll get a taste of what Apple has cooking in the work of VR? Perhaps a Google Home/Amazon Echo rival? We've heard some rumors but we wanted to get the opinions of some experts about what we'd like to see coming from Mr. Cook and the Apple contingent. ...

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    Last week, we saw a Bloomberg report claiming that Google was making a list, checking it twice and finding out which OEMs were naughty and nice. In other words, Google was ranking Android OEMs based on how fast they pushed out updates to consumers. The list is internal – probably as a mental note for who Google should start poking if they lag behind. But the same report suggests that Google may start publishing this list to the public so we all can know who is hot and who is not when it comes to updates. Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it and with Google already ...

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    We may be approaching a turning point in mobile technology, which in many ways is actually coming full circle. The time was that you had "accessories" like a camera, a PDA, a phone, a laptop, a watch, and a host of other devices on you that all performed a specific function. The best part was, all of those devices generally performed that function exceptionally well and if one of them happened to break down, you didn’t have to replace all of them. Gradually, we have shifted to a world where all of those devices have coalesced into one super device – the smartphone, with functions that ...

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    Here’s a fun fact for you. Up until today, I didn’t know what a “Twitter canoe” is. I’ve been on Twitter since before 2009, so I may not be “old school” by some standards, and I didn’t even set my computer on fire in protest when Twitter wanted to break chronological order of tweets. So maybe I’m just not awesome enough to know what a Twitter canoe is. Apparently it’s an ongoing conversation on Twitter with more than three people. I’m not even making this up and it's actually scary how much sense it makes. But then again, my job isn’t really to know Twitter. Sure, ...

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    Now that Google I/O has come and gone again, it’s time to focus our attention about 9 miles to the south to Cupertino. At I/O, Google revealed quite a few nice things and also left some questions unanswered. But it’s the nice things we want to talk about today, and specifically the nice things that Google now has, and Apple does not. Because like the Joneses with the spiffy new riding mower, Google now has the shiny on the other side of the fence, and you have to wonder if Apple is cowering behind the curtains grasping its binoculars and cursing. All metaphors aside, Apple is the other ...

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    Yesterday, we asked Google a series of questions that weren't answered to our satisfaction at Google I/O's keynote. But we’re not completely negative Nellies here at Pocketnow. But while that list of questions is pretty long, the list of great things coming out of Google I/O thus far is pretty great in and of itself. So, to balance the negative with the positive, here are nice things from Google I/O that have impressed us here at Pocketnow. Split screen It has been asked for for years. Samsung has been doing it, first on the Note, then on the S-series of phones. So we all asked Google to ...

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    Google's keynote is over and we are left with a whole heap of newness to revel in. We have new features in Android N, Android VR/Daydream, Instant Apps, new messaging apps, Android Wear 2.0, boy oh boy! Good times are ahead folks. But as the announcements rolled out, I was left with a few nagging questions about some of what we saw. Why can’t you name your own damn product? After months of speculation and thought. After website polls and scouring of recipe books from sea to shining sea, Google finally reveals...nothing…about what that darn “N” stands for. Instead, it’s turning to ...

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