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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    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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    The Apple Watch saw some really great improvements at WWDC this year. Some of them were catching up to Android Wear, sure. The ability to reply to emails comes to mind. Some of the improvements were improvements that came along with iOS 9 – transit directions and Apple Wallet functionality. Overall, it was a nice upgrade package for those who bought an Apple watch a couple of months ago, especially for the Apple Watch face. But beauty, as they say, is skin deep, in the case of the Apple watch, screen deep. So much has happened just to the main screen of the watch, those improvements ...

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    The Yotaphone is one of the most unique smartphones on the market today. This dual-screened wonder has dazzled many of us here at Pocketnow, so we were downright giddy to review one just after CES. In practice, the phone is a very nice phone with some neat abilities added by that second screen. On paper though, the phone is a little light on the specs and pretty heavy on the price tag. We wanted to take a look and see what the rumored upcoming Yotaphone 3 should be and how to make it a success. Success is vital for this phone. The same rumor that mentioned that the Yotaphone 3 and budget ...

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    The other day, I wrote about midrange phones, and their cameras. Specifically, I cited how average and generally not-worth-writing-home-about they were. While I still think there is a market there, a possible solution occurred to me – get a flagship…from last year! That way I could have the latest and greatest cameras from a year ago, which were pretty good, but still manage a midrange price. It was so crazy it just might work. Yesterday's power After all, flagships from last year include the Samsung Galaxy S5, the iPhone 5s, the HTC One M8, and the LG G3. All of these had pretty good ...

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    Six years ago today, Palm launched the best smartphone in the world. That’s right the best smartphone in the world in my completely (not) unbiased opinion. The Palm Pre hit the shelves of Sprint stores across the United States and began, what is affectionately known as the “WTF-iest history” in the mobile space to date. Since then, webOS remains one of the most intuitive and efficient mobile operating systems ever built and has been picked over by the three remaining contenders. But there are still some things that haven’t yet been stolen/borrowed/copied by iOS, Android, and ...

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

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    The smartphone landscape is becoming a very attractive place to be. Mid-tier Android smartphones are becoming better and better lately with really attractive options coming in at under the $350 price point. I’m talking about the OnePlus One, the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3, the Moto G; you know the type. We have reviewed all of those phones. Everyone has reviewed all of those phones. There’s always one common phrase that is repeated over and over. “The camera is decent, considering the price tag.” It's all about that camera That’s what the midrange smartphone has been relegated to of ...

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    At Google I/O, a virtual standing ovation erupted from the crowd when Google announced that Android M would include a user’s ability to determine their own app permissions. ZOMG! Woot! This has been a long-requested feature that as actually been available in some Android builds, most notably the Blackphone. Finally, users will be able to decide just what an app will be allowed to do and what it can’t do. You do you After all, it’s your phone. Why shouldn’t you be able to control what it does and does not do. If you’re an Android fan, you are no stranger to customization and ...

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    We live in a world where there are three major phone operating systems. Each of these major OS’s is robust and feature packed. There is some differentiation between them, but honestly, they’re all almost on equal footing with each other. It starting to make me wonder, what reasons do people have for switching platforms any more? Well...mostly equal Now let’s be 100% frank here. Not all operating systems are created equal. Each platform has a thing or two to hold over the other two in some capacity. To some of you, these will be major flaws or benefits. But looking at it objectively, ...

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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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    So, an interesting thing happened last week – one that I would have earlier considered absolutely unthinkable. I forgot my phone. I was out with my father running some errands and I left my phone on the center console of his truck. He called my wife about 15 minutes after he left, and offered to turn around, bless his heart. But I thought to myself, “No. I’ll be there tomorrow. Let’s see what happens.” Uh oh Now, I could have gone into my office, grabbed a phone, and stopped off at a local AT&T store and been back up and running in under 20 minutes – probably in the same ...

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    The life of a reviewer, reporter, blogger (whatever you want to call us) is a hard one, riddled with tribulations and hardship. Ok, who am I kidding? It’s pretty awesome. We get to play with toys aplenty, from watches, to tablets, to phones, and sometimes even some other peripheral devices. HTC Vive anyone? Sometimes, we get to play with devices that cross platforms. Others of us are focused more on one platform above all others. We write, we video, we have some fun. I’m a Windows Phone fan, but these days I’m toting around a OnePlus One. But in the interest of expanding my horizons ...

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    The last two generations of Galaxy S Phones have brought with them somewhat of a black sheep in the family. While the Galaxy S4 and S5 were both nice phones from a design and build standpoint, their more active siblings have been, well, less nice. They have been bulky, chunky, and to be perfectly frank, a little ugly. Add to that, the Galaxy S5 was already waterproof which in my humble opinion, made the Galaxy S5 Active almost redundant. Waterproofing is the most attractive feature the Active line of phones brings, but that was already built in. Sure the phone was more “rugged” so it ...

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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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    Yesterday, I got off on a little rant about Continuum and specifically the fact that it’ll be missing on older hardware. This is due to hardware limitations in the devices themselves and that in and of itself is understandable. But then I started thinking about Continuum and just how useful it really was. It's all in the brains Using your phone as the brains of a “computer” is something I’ve wanted for some time now. Back in the webOS days, HP teased that kind of functionality. Then it died Later on, the Ubuntu Edge promised the same functionality. Then it died. Now, Windows 10 ...

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