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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    I had the pleasure of visiting Motorola’s downtown Chicago labs last week in order to cover the release of their new flagship products, the Moto X and the Moto 360. It was an assignment I very much looked forward to since it was very first time covering an event, it was in my home city, and most importantly I have been watching the Moto X very closely since I started reading its reviews a year ago. The Moto X, despite having what seemed to be mid-range specs and a mostly-“meh” camera kept getting positive review after positive review. Indeed as one of our editors indicated, after ...

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    An interesting question came up on the Pocketnow Weekly last week from Patrick Webb, which was actually addressed on the air. All the same, it seemed a highly debatable topic, so let’s talk about it. The question basically addressed the fundamental difference between the product development philosophy between the two biggest OEMs on the planet – Apple and Samsung. Apple has a grand total of 4 “New” devices that you can buy today. That number will change in a few days, but for now, if you were to walk into a store and ask for the latest Apple device, you would be presented with 4 ...

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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 no secret what many were looking forward to when it comes to Motorola’s announcements. Sure, there were tours of the “behind the scenes” stuff at Motorola in downtown Chicago, and yes there were a couple of unexpected accessories that came out of the announcements. But we want to talk about some phones and watches, eh? So let’s get to it. The Moto X One of last year’s absolute hit phones was the Moto X. Appropriately, this year’s hit model will also be the “Moto X”. The Moto X 2nd generation will not sport the “plus one” moniker that has been floating around the ...

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    The Motorola event did not just feature the Moto X, Moto G, and Moto 360. There were a couple of more surprises in store. In addition to the triple crown of the Moto event, Motorola also rolled out the Moto Power Pack Micro and the Moto Hint (the latter pictured above encased). Our thoughts on Motorola's new accessories are right below. The Moto Hint was the wearable accessory hinted (no pun intended) in the cover of the invitation. This tiny Bluetooth headset is designed to work in concert with the Moto X as a premium add-on. The Hint fits in your ear very precisely with a number of ...

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    Tweet, text, game, chat, snap, pop, slide, swipe, tilt, tip, stream, play, put down, charge, repeat. Sound like your typical smartphone usage? That’s what we all do with these pocket size computers. Did anyone nod while reading that? Did you notice, before you nodded, that I never wrote, “talk”. We live in a fascinating time. I have written that before and I will probably never stop writing that. Because, let’s face it. We have computers in our freakin’ pockets! We have devices that pack 100 times the power as the computer that flew Tom Hanks to the moon and back in a broken ...

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    I’m as much a fan of the smartwatch as anyone. Anyone who has not actually used one that is. My abstinence from using a smartwatch stems not from my lack of desire, nor a lack of funds. My failure lays solely on my adopted device platform. A Windows Phone user owning a smartwatch is more of a pipe dream these days. But that is not why I’m here to talk about smartwatches. Just because I’m a Windows Phone fan doesn’t mean I can’t look objectively at the landscape and report things as I see them. The way I’m seeing things these days, I’m wondering how much of a craze this whole ...

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    This coming week, we will be introduced to the latest in a line of reasonably successful phablets. The original Samsung Note arguably helped shape the “phablet” space when it debuted three years ago. It was in and of itself an innovation. Sure, it’s just a smartphone with a big screen, but sometimes the simplest innovations are the biggest (no pun intended) and most successful. And yes, it’s at this point that I grudgingly have to admit that a heart monitor is an “innovation”. Now if you’ll excuse me I have to go vomit. Samsung has done its share of trying out new things over ...

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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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    When it comes to phones, I’m definitely more of an outsides guy than an insides guy. I love look and feel type stuff. The specs are important, but really I’m all about what goes on outside that hard candy shell. Opening a smartphone or tablet is a scary proposition to me, but I recently decided to broaden my horizons and try this whole do it yourself kind of thing. I recently cracked the screen on my 2012 Nexus 7. There was no reason why it cracked. It was just in my backpack and came out in more pieces than it went in. That kinda sucked. This was a Pocketnow unit, so I had to replace ...

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      Windows phone has gotten a lot of great updates lately. We’ve seen things like Cortana, folders on the start screen, backgrounds. Windows Phone 8.1 has been written about often and the theme is always the same. It really brings Windows Phone up to par with its current competitors – iOS and Android. Which is really great. It’s nice to not have features so obviously missing from your phone’s operating system. It’s great that new smartphone buyers can now consider Windows Phone as a legitimate option when out shopping for smartphones. But with Windows Phone 8.1 comes a number ...

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    When smartphone shopping, so many people run straight for the spec sheet. Or at least they start there and then move on to stuff like build quality, materials, reviews, etc. But it really is about the specs for most people. I’m not going to lie, I’m like that too, for the most part - latest and greatest for me. This is not a crazy concept. Future proofing is a big concern in the world of smartphones. You’re putting down anywhere from $300 - $800 or you’re signing away 2 years of your life for a device in a field that has a tendency to pump out new technology faster than you can say ...

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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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    There comes a time in every tech geek’s life when they have to ask themselves a question – “What else is out there?” There was a time when every platform – iOS, Android, Blackberry, PalmOS/webOS, Symbian, etc – offered something unique to the mobile space. They offered something compelling to keep you locked into their own ecosystems, so that you wouldn’t dare stray afield.  These days, that is becoming less and less of a concern. Platforms are catching up with other platforms and there is a lot more parity then there used to be. This isn’t universally the case, but the ...

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    If there was a unicorn of a device for mobile tech geeks the world over, it was a Lumia device running Android. Well, we finally got one, and it kind of sucked. But if there’s a step below a unicorn, maybe a pegasus, or leprechaun, or even a portly saint in a jolly red suit, it’s probably the HTC One M8 running Windows Phone. Yesterday, we got our Santa Clause. The HTC One M8 for Windows was released yesterday, bringing Microsoft’s operating system onto arguably the most beautiful phone of the year. Of course, Windows Phone is no stranger to high-quality hardware thanks to Nokia’s ...

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