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 are increasingly awesome for ...

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    The iPad Pro made its debut yesterday to much fanfare and ballyhoo. This is probably one of the most anticipated mobile devices since, well, I guess since the Apple Watch just scant months ago. The iPad Pro is everything we expected it to be – it’s a gigantic iPad. Measuring in at 12.9 diagonal inches, this monster is as tall in landscape as the iPad Air is in portrait. This is no accident either. iOS 9 is coming with its new split-screen capability, making true multitasking possible for the first time ever (unless you count every other company in the world that’s done it)! This is ...

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    There is a disturbance in the force. You may have felt it. Perhaps you felt it on your wrist, perhaps in your wallet. Ever since a certain wearable came to market a few months back, something has been building. And it’s going to cost you, or someone, or perhaps everyone. Smartwatches have seen an upturn in price of late ever since the Apple watch came out with its base price of $350. Premium costs Don’t get me wrong, a lot of these watches are premium watches. If you’re buying a $10,000 Apple Watch, the thing is made out of gold after all. That’s not a trivial thing. Further it ...

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    Microsoft has some big things coming next month. Rumors are swirling around, claiming that we will see two new smartphones, a new Surface Pro tablet and maybe even a Band 1.0 (I still consider the original Band to be a beta-project). So all of that could be really exciting, especially the promise of the Lumia 950 (or 940, 9X0, or whatever) and the XL version and all their shininess. But it also makes me a little apprehensive, and this is why. The gauntlet has been thrown Considering the amount of time that has passed since Nokiasoft released a flasgship phone, this thing is going to have ...

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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 are increasingly awesome for ...

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    Technology is a wonderful thing. It’s what brings us all to this site day after day. We love our technology. We love how it improves our lives. We love how we can show it off. Oh, don’t be shy. We know you love to show your friends your all-new hotness. One of the best parts about using a piece of technology or showing it off is showing off all the “features”. These are the reason you love the phone, the main event, if you will. These features add a ton of value to an already expensive phone. But they can also be one of the biggest frustrations – and biggest embarrassments - when ...

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    Google is creating a wide array of products powered by Android. Phones and tablets are of course the big ones, but there are a number of other products Google is helping bring to market, including the category of wearables. Getting even more specific, as you have gleaned from the headline, I'm wondering about smartwatches. Smartwatches are leading the charge in the nascent category of wearables and are far and away the most popular wearable smart product on the market today. Where are they? But Google hasn't come out with its own smartwatch yet. Does that seem weird to anyone else? I mean ...

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    Moving into a new phone is a fun experience. Being the first to peel off the plastic cover, being the first to power it up, and really taking in that "new phone" smell. All great things. But it can also be a somewhat daunting experience - having to download all new apps, set up Facebook, and Twitter, and Snapchat, and everything else. There's a lot to do. Here at Pocketnow, a lot of us, if not all of us, switch phones on a somewhat regular basis. Either we're reviewing the latest and greatest or some hot midrange action. But even if that's not the case, we're still gear-heads - mobile ...

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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 are increasingly awesome for ...

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    We’re in a rut, people. There’s not a lot you can say about that; there’s no real argument. Phones and tablets have gotten b-o-r-i-n-g. I held out hope with the Galaxy S6 Edge plus coming out, but it turns out it’s just a Galaxy S6 Edge that someone stuck a straw into and blew up a few puffs. I’m yawning just writing this sentence. Slab, slab, slab, slab, curvy slab, slab, slab. Bored yet? You wouldn’t be wrong. Putting the iPhone, Galaxy S6, LG G4, and HTC One M9 all on a table and you might think you’ve too many strawberry shots injected into your face (it’s alcohol, just ...

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    When news came out that Microsoft was going to be developing Cortana for Android, I was dubious. As in, “So what?” Realistically, I just didn’t see the point. Android has a perfectly good voice assistant in Google Now – to say nothing of how awesome Now on Tap will be – so why should we care about Cortana on Android? It’ll be just another app. But then news came out more recently that Cortana will be able to replace Google Now as the default search for Android. Whoa. Ok. Now we’re talking. Just got real Before, Cortana was an app on Android. Now, Cortana can be just about as ...

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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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    It’s wonderful to be heard. You get that warm feeling down in the cockles of your heart that says, “I was on to something.” It feels good – like vindication. You took a stance on something, and ultimately were proven right, to the betterment of society. Ok, maybe I’m diving a little deep on this one, but I do feel better about my place in the mobile world, because Samsung listened to me. Ok, I don’t think for a second that Samsung actually saw my words and changed its strategy. I’m not ~that~ vain. Almost, but not quite. But it does feel good to know that something I called ...

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    So there’s this thing on most smartphones. It’s a small thing, but it’s still a thing. It’s the power button. It has been on smartphones for as long as there have been smartphones. But does it really have to be? That’s what we’re here to talk about today. Right of the bat, you might be thinking, “It’s a power button. Who cares?” Well the thing is, I care. I care because I like optimizing the user experience, and I think we have moved – or are capable of moving – past the power button. It’s a relic of times past. Of course, an electronic device needs a power button. ...

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    Samsung rolled out something just the other day that was a long time coming. No, I’m not referring to the Note 5, nor the S6 Edge+. Those were pretty cool, but Samsung went a step further and addressed a need for consumers that few other OEMs try and address and fewer still do with any success. Samsung introduced us to the keyboard case for its latest two phones. This isn’t exactly a new concept. The most famous example is the iPhone product endorsed by a glorified Karaoke DJ. Keyboard cases have been around for quite some time – most connect via Bluetooth and add an ungainly bulk to ...

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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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    It’s a tale as old as time. The beauty and the beast. In this particular metaphor, beauty comes in the form of the Galaxy S6 Edge and the beast is the S6 Active. Let me assure you, these two terms are very appropriate for the last two phones I’ve carried as daily drivers. My time with the Galaxy S6 Edge was wonderful, and I had lots of fun toting it from state to state, meetup to meetup. But throughout, there was one thing that kept holding me back from falling head over heels in love with the phone. The battery. Then I received the S6 Active. This thing is a honkin’ beast. It’s ...

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    It’s time to talk about a dirty word in apps – accounts. Never before has a single word ever inspired such passion in users and potential users of apps. Accounts. The very word makes one shiver. It seems like these days, accounts are everywhere. Sometimes it doesn’t even matter what kind of app you’re using. It could be a game, a productivity app, or even something as simple as finding gas. Really, why does a gas price app ask me for an account every time I install it? Why do I need to give it my email address just so I can drive sixteen miles to save three cents per gallon on ...

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    Sony is one of those companies that is often forgotten in this industry. List of a number of phone OEMs and if you live outside of eastern Asia, Sony might find its way into your mind share somewhere around Mitsubishi and Tylenol because you will have started guessing by that point. “Oh, Sony?! That’s right!” Sony is present in many smartphones on the planet, since its camera sensors are used in Apple and Samsung smartphones (among a host of others). When it comes to building a phone for itself, Sony does a pretty decent job. When it comes to selling them, eh, not so much. Which is ...

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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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    Motorola’s highly anticipated smartphones were finally revealed last week, but it wasn’t quite what we expected. Yes, we did get the Moto X and the Moto G, but it didn’t stop there. Motorola decided to give us, not two, but three smartphones, breaking up the Moto X family into the Moto X Play and the Moto X Style. It’s enough to make you say, “wait, what?” when you take a gander at these two phones. Because after that gander, you start to see something a little distressing. I won’t rehash the specifications for you; you can read about those here and here.  But what I will ...

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    When it's time to buy a new smartphone, you have a few options at your disposal – at least here in the United States. We have a few relatively unique options in our smartphone/carrier pricing options, so I thought it might be an interesting thought-experiment to take a look at those options and see what works for you folks. For the purposes of this article, imagine you have all of these options available to you wherever you are. Which would work best for you? Subsidized, contract pricing One of the older ways to purchase a cell phone was with the ol’ two-year contract. Basically you ...

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    Sony announced recently that it would be testing a new near-stock Android experiment, while moving most of its additional Sony services to the form of apps. This is great news for those of us who have grown to prefer the stock Android experience as can be found on Nexus phones near-stock on phones such as those offered by Motorola The stock Android experience is a pretty good experience, and more importantly, it brings a unified experience across multiple devices. Ask and thou shalt receive The days of skins are waning as more and more OEMs are changing over to this stock or near-stock ...

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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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    Ok, I promise, this is the last time I talk about my vacation - which was freakin' great, bee tee dubs. But as I mentioned in a previous article, I found myself in a difficult situation – I had the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and I was out on the town for 11 days straight. Battery life was an issue pretty much every day I was out there. I managed to muddle through using a couple of tricks which I’ll talk to you about, but I also did a little digging and put together a sort of “best practices” list here that you can employ should you find yourself on the wrong side of a battery ...

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