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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    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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    Are slab phones the last form factor iteration in this space? I for one hope not, but they’re far and away the most popular. But now we’re entering an era of the wearable. Early indications seem to be that this is not really a fad that’s going to be going away. There are a number of reasons for this, but the bottom line is that wearables are simply very useful. No, they cannot replace your phone, and no they should not replace your phone. Your phone has very specific use-cases that a watch simply cannot fill. But it does make one wonder about what could be. I recently got my hands on ...

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    I came to a startling realization the other day. I don’t know how it happened or why it manifested itself in me in this way, but the truth is really undeniable. I feel no shame nor guilt in feeling this way and I don’t care if you want to judge me. I feel the way I want to feel. I don’t know if it’s a product of nature or nurture, but I have accepted this part of me for what it is. My name is Adam Doud, and I love crazy phones. The Legend of the Blue Taco I think it started long ago when I fell in love with a blue taco. I know what you’re thinking – a blue taco can’t possibly ...

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    Pebble is one of the founding fathers of the smartwatch world. Virtually any conversation about the industry has to include Pebble in one way or another. Pebble was first to the scene and best to the scene, and both by a wide margin over its nearest competitor. But today, Pebble’s OS and hardware are starting to look very…dated. It’s not Pebble’s fault. It’s just that the features upon which Pebble can hang its hat are becoming more and more scarce. In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. Indeed that’s where Pebble found itself just a couple of years ago. Android ...

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    iPhone gets a bad rap. It really does. Apple is such a polarizing company it’s almost funny. Apple has fans that are so very dedicated to the platform they almost need therapy. iPhone, iPad, iMac, Apple TV, Apple Watch, and even a white Starbucks membership card. Apple has achieved the kind of fan base that corporations only dream about – for better or for worse. iSheep You know the stereotypes – iSheep, rich yuppies hanging out at Starbucks, when they’re not camping out at Apple stores, that is. These people, the fans who have done nothing wrong except fall in love with a product ...

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    Now we have wearables from all three major platforms – iOS, Android, and Windows. Or at least we’ve seen announcements for all three. Apple is a little on the slow side coming to market but for the purposes of this article we’re going to assume what we saw in the demos is actually what people will be wearing. What we’re looking at here is not the aesthetics of each brand – so Microsoft Band haters can just move all those thoughts to the recycle bin for now. Rather, what we’ll be examining is the philosophy behind the wearable, because we have three distinct platforms here all ...

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    See what I did there? When Tim Cook announced Apple pay just a few weeks ago, it was a pretty exciting time. NFC payments were coming to Apple, marking a huge opportunity for Apple and its customers. It’s true, Google users were already on the NFC payment train with Google Wallet, but Apple stood to legitimize the mobile payment industry simply by adopting it. I wrote as much just after the product launch. Then, my theories were proven true – kinda – by the Merchant Customer Exchange who suddenly doused its drawers at the thought of Apple Pay trouncing it’s here-but-not-really, ...

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    Some rumors recently suggested that Apple was planning 12.(something) inch iPad Pro. This would put this iPad directly in line to compete against the Surface, which is a role reversal of sorts and that makes me smile a little bit. Other rumors suggest that the iPad Pro would actually replace the iPad mini in Apple’s lineup as “the second iPad”. Now this rumor was interesting for a few different reasons. But it got me to thinking – is that such a good idea? It’s true the iPad mini has never sold as well as the iPad. The first generation iPad mini didn’t have a retina screen, so ...

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    We work with so much technology every day that sometimes it’s mind-boggling. At times you don’t even know how to feel about a product coming out. The Amazon Echo is one example – how am I supposed to feel about this thing. It sure looks cool but is it? Sometimes you have expectations about something. That was the case with me with smartwatches. I really, really wanted a smartwatch. And then I got one. I’ve been using the Moto 360 now for a couple of months. It’s really great tech, but as my rebuttal review headline read, it’s “flawed beauty”. There’s a lot that the Moto ...

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    Yesterday, we took a look at why the Microsoft Band is good for the Windows Phone platform, but we never really examined why the Microsoft band was good in and of itself. We touched on a few points that will be reiterated here, but now we’re going to focus on those positives, and maybe a minor negative here and there. The Microsoft Band is a 1.0 product. Let’s just go ahead and get that out of the way right now. It’s not really finished and I don’t think it’s the destination of this journey. It’s maybe a point of interest or tourist trap that you encounter on your way to the ...

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    Last week, Microsoft quietly released a new wearable into the space – the Microsoft Band. What’s remarkable about this device was how quietly it was released considering it is the first wearable to be fully compatible with Windows Phone. Ok, Pebble fans, I know you have an app. I’m very happy for you. But this Microsoft Band is something else because it is designed to work with Windows Phone. Oh, and it works with Android and iOS too. LOLWUT? Yessir, that’s the case. The Microsoft Band is cross-platform hardware, something which I mentioned would be a fabulous idea a few months ago ...

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    Normally, on the Weekend Debate, we look at two sides on an issue – is the Nexus 6 price too high or too low or what should the primary function of a smartwatch be? This week, we’re going to take a look at two potential solutions to the same problem. The traditional way just isn't working all that well. The Problem You’ve been there. A kid’s recital, a concert, or some other public display is on and suddenly everyone whips out their cell phones and clamors as close as possible (and probably in your way) to get the best shot. Which is fine except they’re in your way and they’re ...

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    Interesting news in the world of smartwatches has been flying of late, not the least of which are rumors of a cross platform compatible smartwartch coming from Microsoft. But even more interesting was some recent news that Google was considering some Android Wear  compatibility options. As in, perhaps going cross-platform. ORLY? Well isn’t that interesting. As our news article suggests, this likely isn’t anything more than a flight of fancy on an “Ideas to kick around” spreadsheet somewhere, but it raises a few questions. Would Android Wear be better off being a cross platform ...

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    Android is everywhere, but sometimes it's a little hard to tell. Samsung's Android is not the same as HTC's which is not the same as Alcatel's. Every OEM pours a little of their own flavor into its version of Android. Some for the better, others...well, not so much. But in a world where 80% of the market is using the same platform and you have no less than two dozen competitors all touting the same OS, what can you do to make your product stand out and shine? Skin it of course! Which leaves us, the consumer, in an odd and sometimes confusing place. Android is Android is Android right? ...

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    Phablets have come into the mobile space consciousness in a big way (no pun intended) recently with the announcement of two, relatively large (prominent, pun a little intended) devices into the phablet space – the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Motorola made Nexus 6. Both of these phones fall into the phablet category, at least by some definitions. So let’s take a look here and see if we can figure out exactly what these definitions are. Some will argue that a phablet needs something more than just a large screen. After all, a phone with a large screen is still a “phone” because it ...

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    The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we're making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything. Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Saturday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow ...

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    It’s not often that two really compelling tablets debut in the same week. Actually, if you ask me, I’d be hard pressed to think of two compelling tablets, but anyway. But just a week ago, we found ourselves with a rather difficult choice – The Nexus 9 or the iPad Air 2. So, we decided to ask our editors, “If you had to spend your own money on one of these two tablets, which would it be?” Our answers were just as varied as our editorial staff. Some were predictable, others not so much. We’re keeping score here, so let’s see what the team says. ...

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    The debate is on, and boy is it healthy. Last weekend’s debate was about the Nexus 6 price and it turns out there are some strong opinions on this one. But, perhaps some perspective is needed here to really see what’s going on. Or, perhaps the pricing itself gives us that perspective. Let’s dive in and see if we can figure out the why of this new Nexus paradigm. First of all, the Nexus 6 is a beast in just about every sense of the word. The power, the specifications, the size, and the price are all impressive. This is a giant phone – phablet really – which is admittedly not for ...

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    The Nexus line saw a refresh in both the phone and tablet department. That’s actually not an accurate statement. It would be more accurate to say the Nexus line saw a refresh in the tablet and phablet department. I’m a little fuzzy on why Google decided it needed to release a phone the size of a small runway, but that’s neither here nor there. The other significant part of the news was the Nexus 6 price - $650 off contract. That’s pretty steep, which is to say it’s right on par with other flagships that are out there now – the iPhone 6, the Samsung Galaxy S5, the LG G3. All of ...

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    The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we're making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything. Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Saturday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow ...

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    One of the best things that has come out of this industry lately is the quality of products you can find in the mobile space. Year after year, flagship phones are becoming larger, more powerful, and generally, better. One of the byproducts of that revolution is what is happening on the low end of the spectrum. As the upper limits keeping getting pushed higher and higher, so do the lower limits get higher and higher. We are at a point right now where “low” isn’t all that low any more. Look no further than devices like the Lumia 520, the Moto E, and the subject of our editorial today, ...

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    Microsoft is intent on replacing your laptop with its Surface Pro 3 offering. This concept is not without merit. Often I have said if I can carry around just one device instead of a laptop and a tablet, I will have officially moved into Happytown. But what if that one device is just a tablet? Allow me to explain. During the iPad 2 announcement today, Apple called upon a couple of app developers to come on stage and demo their products. Normally this would be an odd thing to do during a device announcement. Except that these two app developers happened to be working on photo and video ...

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    Along with Google Nexus 9 came the announcement that it would also have a magnetically attached keyboard as an accessory, presumably to make it easier to be productive. This is a change in philosophy in the general tablet market and I believe Microsoft is largely responsible for this trend. The introduction of the Surface tablet has signaled a change in the industry that even competitors are starting to notice. Now with the Nexus 9 having an OEM-made type keyboard, it means that finally, FINALLY someone is trying to keep up with Microsoft in the mobile space instead of it being the other ...

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