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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  • by | January 3, 2014 12:00 PM

    2014 dawns and Windows Phone lives to fight again. Not that there was much doubt as to its ability to survive. Quite the contrary. It has not only survived, but grown. But let’s face it, that sounds more dramatic. Windows Phone hasn’t exactly been burning up the charts and it remains a distant third in the mobile phone ecosystem. That’s not a bad place to be. It’s certainly enviable compared to the likes of Blackberry, Sailfish, Ubuntu, and all the other party people rocking the house tonight. There are some lessons that can be learned from Windows Phone’s 2013 performance. Give ...

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  • by | January 2, 2014 7:00 AM

    We were so close. So close we could taste it. It was right there. A softball toss just waiting for us to knock it out of the park, trot around the bases, blow kisses at the little red light on the camera and sign a multi-year deal with the Kansas City Royals, only to be traded mid-season after your 14 game losing streak ends against the White Sox (oh no he didn’t, oh yes he did). But there we were at the plate, swinging and missing and slumping back to the dugout dragging our bat behind us like a caveman and his club. Oh don’t get me wrong, the Nexi (Nexuses? Nexusi?) phones and ...

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  • by | December 27, 2013 7:00 AM

    2013 is coming to a close, and slipping in under the wire is a brand new operating system brought to us by Jolla called Sailfish. You can check out our coverage of Sailfish from MWC 2013 all the way to our quick impressions having actually used the device, or at least as much as we Americans could use it. One thing that really stuck with us was the major use of gestures in the interface. Just about anything you want to do comes with its own gesture. Now, we here at Pocketnow have special places in our hearts, down near but just to the left of the cockles of our hearts, for gesture-based ...

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  • by | December 26, 2013 7:00 AM

    Update: Y2K bug fixed. Poll is now open! Let’s take a trip, you and I. We’re going to hop into our DeLorean and head on back, not to 1955, but rather back to the future. I’m not really sure what year we’re going to go to, but it’ll be right down the block from fantasy land as well. There’s some funky times up ahead. Fasten your seat belts. We’re going to go to a time in which we can, as a consumer, own a smartphone with a screen that heals itself. It’s really not so crazy, but it would require a bit of tweaking to today’s technology. But first, let’s establish some ...

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  • by | December 19, 2013 3:00 PM

    Last week, we heard a rumor – please note this was a rumor – that Microsoft was planning on ditching Windows RT and combining it with Windows Phone 9. Awesome right? But this rumor also said that Microsoft was also going to be getting rid of its metro modern whatever-you-call-it interface in favor of something new. Lolwut? Now, it’s true that the Windows Phone hasn’t taken off as well as many would like. Windows Phone is still a distant third in the smartphone race (though we did kick Blackberry’s butt) and gaining ground via baby steps, rather than the leaps and bounds Microsoft ...

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  • by | December 18, 2013 2:00 PM

    Bargain hunting? Looking for that perfect deal holiday deal? Need a nice stocking stuffer? Well, how about you head on down to your local Microsoft store and pick up a brand new off contract $59 smartphone? Yes, it’s a smart phone. Yes, seriously. Totally. Yep, apps and everything. I’m not yanking your chain and I’m not even sure you’re wearing one and even if you were, I’m not so sure I would yank it, or anything else, thank you. Yes, this sounds like a silly conversation, but it’ also a realistic one – even the chain part. Have you ever heard the expression, “perception ...

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  • by | December 11, 2013 7:00 AM

    “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.” Wise words sung by a cartoon fish. So how many of you, when you woke up this morning, thought you’d be reading an article with "wise words sung by a cartoon fish" in it? Not everyone at once now. Show of hands? Apple is the very definition of “just keep swimming”. You want flash? Just keep swimming. You want NFC? Just keep swimming. You want a phablet? Just keep swimming. You want a cheap iPhone? Just keep swimming. Which is it? But what we don’t know, and what we’ll probably not know for quite ...

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  • by | December 10, 2013 9:00 AM

    Is it just me, or does it seem a tad ironic that this headline exists? I mean seriously; we’re talking about phones here. Of course call quality has to be the most important right? Ehh.. not so much. It’s really funny. I was watching our own Michael Fisher’s review of the LG G Flex. He got to the part talking about call quality, and I found myself thinking to myself, “Who cares about call quality…wait.” But it is true. Call quality and camera quality are both pretty highly subjective fields, but we as a tech community are much more forgiving about call quality than we are about ...

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  • by | December 9, 2013 1:00 PM

    Funny thing about mobile tech: everyone has their own use-cases. Sometimes those are about as diametrically opposed as Cubs fans and reality. For today’s Pocketnow Insider moment, I bring you a conversation I had with Anton D. Nagy. We were having our weekly editorial phone call, and he mentions this thing that Nokia is putting out and he could absolutely care less about. I look at it, and I’m stoked. Nokia’s BH-121 is something I’ve been looking for for quite a while now. You can read the deets in our news coverage, but basically what it is is a tiny (think iPod nano) Bluetooth ...

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  • by | December 9, 2013 7:00 AM

    Google has drawn a line in the sand. The introduction of great deals on lower-quality-but-still-good phones really is a statement in the mobile industry. It threatens Microsoft on a very real level and Microsoft needs to respond and it needs to respond hard. Maybe with a Windows Phone Nexus? Windows Phone has dominated the low end smartphone market for some time now. The Lumia 520 and it’s sub-$100 price tag makes it a very attractive option for emerging markets. We’ve already looked at how the introduction of the Nexus 5 and Moto G might affect Microsoft’s business on a hardware ...

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  • by | December 4, 2013 12:00 PM

    Productivity tablet = oxymoron? I’m not so sure about that. There is a place for productivity tablets in this world. I opined several months ago about how I don’t want a tablet until it is a viable laptop replacement. And here I sit typing on a Surface RT. Full disclosure: the Surface RT is a Pocketnow-owned Surface. I did not buy it on my own. Having used it for several weeks now, I probably never will. It’s nice in several ways, which I will expound upon later, but it’s not quite the laptop replacement I need. My biggest beef is with the screen size and my specific use case, but ...

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  • by | November 27, 2013 7:00 AM

    According to Michael Fisher, the Nokia Lumia 1520 is ludicrously big. Insanely big. Our official review hasn’t hit the feeds yet, but I’m pretty sure that’s one thing you can take to the bank – it’s an insanely big huge phone. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Phablets are here and they’ll be here for a while so best just get used to the concept and move on. I’m sure it’s a great phone and there is a demand for it. I’ve written in the past about how the Lumia 1520 just would not be for me when it came out. I still hold that opinion. But one thing that made us do a ...

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  • by | November 26, 2013 12:00 PM

    If you live here in the states, you might be a little bummed. You see, daytime soap operas have been all but cancelled here. They’ve been replaced by talk shows and cooking shows hosted by quasi-celebrities. Boy, if you don’t live here, I must be making you jealous as all get out, huh? Sorry about that. Fortunately, our drama fixes can still be satisfied in the mobile technology arena. Specifically, Apple and Samsung’s court battle is nearing its conclusion with a special Black Friday deal at just a hair under one billion dollars. We briefly talked about this on the Pocketnow weekly ...

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  • by | November 21, 2013 7:00 AM

    Legacy. There are few words in the English language that carry more power, more prominence, or more distinction. Legacy is what lives beyond. It’s what carries forward whether its creator moves forward with it or not. Everyone strives for a legacy, whether it's a parent who wants to put their child in a better place than they had, or a king who desires a strong and prosperous kingdom. Legacy is on every mind and in every heart on the planet. Big or small. Our favorite operating system is dead as we know it. Sure there are a few devices still making the rounds, a few stalwart fans that ...

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  • by | November 20, 2013 7:00 AM

    Yesterday, I wrote that Google is attacking Microsoft on yet another level – hardware. The Moto G and the Nexus 5 both from “Google” are not going to hurt major Android OEM sales all that much, but could and very likely will cut into Windows Phone sales around the world, including the emerging markets into which Microsoft has made some significant inroads.  Of course, this is likely not Google’s primary motive at bringing these to devices to market, but all the same it’s probably going to hurt. The Moto G has a lot going for it, especially for a low-end device. Compared to ...

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