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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    This year, at MWC, LG introduced us all to the LG G5. This Android flagship has a lot of bells and whistles, including some bells and whistles you can buy separately. With a removable battery, extra “friends”, and specifications to make a tech nerd dream, LG left nothing out. Well, actually it left one thing a little out – the app drawer. LG’s newest flagship does not in fact come with an app drawer out of the box. You can optionally kinda-sorta reenable the app drawer, but it’s not there by default. Rather, new apps get dumped onto the home screen along with all of your other ...

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    HTC changed course a little bit this year. In the past, when other OEMs announced their flagship phones at MWC, HTC was right there along side of them announcing its own flagship. This year, it went a different direction. When the world was introduced to the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, and the LG G5, with an honorable mention going to the Sony Xperia Performance, there was no HTC flagship to be seen, opting instead for a later announcement at its own venue several weeks from now, possibly April 11. Instead, HTC did unveil a few midrange smartphones in its Desire collection. Nice, but ...

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    Sony is taking an interesting and controversial path lately. Recently, Sony announced that the Xperia Z line of smartphones had reached its end. The King is dead; long live the King. The new king in this scenario is the Sony Xperia X line of phones, or more specifically the Sony Xperia X Performance. But there’s a little mixed messaging here because Sony is putting forth the Xperia X Performance as a “super premium mid-ranger” as opposed to a flagship. Some of the specifications, most notably the quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor and cameras, seem to scream flagship, but the Full ...

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    The world was introduced to the LG G5 on Sunday, and it has received almost universal approval from all corners of the internet. The LG G5 is a gorgeously designed phone with some really compelling features and additions. Most notably, LG adopted a sort of modular design with some accessories you can get along with your brand spankin’ new flagship. But, in the opinion of this humble tech geek, LG missed one key aspect when developing the G5’s “Friends.” Disclaimers First, I need to specify that I have zero hands on time with the LG G5. My opinion is formed from afar, which I grant ...

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    This is probably one of the more serious Weekend Debates of recent history. This is a Weekend Debate with implications far more reaching than trade shows or design elements. Today, we talk about security and national obligation. The FBI recently requested that Apple unlock an iPhone that was owned by the perpetrator of a mass shooting on US soil. Apple has thus far refused, citing security concerns. This has sparked a national debate, and we’re picking up the torch and carrying it over the weekend. It's Apple vs. FBI. Who are you betting on? Limit one per customer The FBI’s request ...

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    With the Galaxy S7, Samsung is set to release a great phone this year…maybe. Historically speaking, the last time Samsung was set to release a really great phone – the Galaxy S4 – it landed a little flat. I’m not saying it was a bad phone, but the Galaxy S3 had done a lot to revitalize the brand, and the Galaxy S4 seemed more of the iterative variety. Then again, so did the Galaxy S5. Both were described as "disappointing" in some ways. The S6 similarly redefined the brand – “revitalize” is too strong a word for the S6. That being said, the S6 did a lot of things right and a ...

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    It's true the calendar flipped to 2016 just under two months ago, but New Smartphone Year's Eve is almost upon us. A new year of smartphones is set to launch kicking off a new set of devices to drool over and ogle. With such a buffet of smartphones laid out before us, we decided to ask our editors here which of those tasty morsels we can't wait to sink our teeth into. ___________________________________________________________________________ Adam Doud Senior Editor "Will Samsung finally bring the unicorn?" I hate to take a chalk answer, or sound cheesy, but I'm really looking forward to ...

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    One of the things we do here at Pocketnow is talk about our favorite parts about phones and tablets. I will talk about the camera, all day. Other editors have other preferences - operating system, skin, processor, etc. It almost starts to become a debate of sorts. Of course our reviews cover every facets of a mobile experience, but that's because we have to. We have to talk about every little piece of a device, even though it frankly doesn't excite us. But one of the best parts is, if you really dig down and read between the lines or follow us on social media, maybe you can figure out ...

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    The rumor mill suggests that there is a four-inch, cheap iPhone on the way, maybe as early as this spring. The prospect of a four-inch iPhone has garnered some admittedly strong opinions among some tech journalists whose initials happen to be “AD”, but that was one of my admittedly close-minded moments. Anyway, moving past that, we’re going to assume that a four-inch iPhone is in the works and that it’s a good idea because people dig choice. Ok, cool. We’ll run with that. Now, let’s take a look and figure out how we want this four-inch iPhone to manifest itself. What do we want ...

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    In any industry, you will generally find three competing standards that stand out above the rest of the field. Look no further than Windows, Mac, and Linux. That’s just one example, but there is a certain beauty to this rule of three that one must appreciate. Unless one is not an Android or iOS fan, then this rule starts to look a little crappy. There has been a long, drawn out battle to win that third spot in the hearts, minds, and pockets of the phone-buying public, but Microsoft has thus far failed to take a stranglehold on that third spot despite it being in arguably the best shape ...

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    The term “life in a box” is one that many of us are familiar with. Often it refers to a smartphone, or in olden times, perhaps a PDA or even a computer. Regardless, today that term is becoming more and more appropriate. Starting in January, I started buying my train pass via mobile app. No longer did I have to carry around a thin card in a protective case to display my $180 commuting rights to the conductor. I didn’t have to worry about those times that I accidentally left the card in my other coat pocket. Finally, I had my train pass with me all the time because I have my phone on ...

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    There is something that seems…silly…when you talk about a concept like a wearable battery pack. Why would someone need...no. Why would someone want to wear a battery pack? Now keep in mind, this is coming from someone who wears a belt pouch every day and who used to keep his smartphone in a holster, also on a belt. Doesn’t a battery pack seem like the next logical step? So when we first picked up the GO PUCK power pack, we were a bit dubious at first. It certainly was an interesting concept. But we needed to try it in the real world. So we did, and we’ll talk how it works, but for ...

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    Tablet sales have been declining for the past couple of years. The dominant theory as to why tablet sales are declining is that smartphones are cutting into the market. The iPhone 6 Plus and 6S Plus in particular are culprits of this theory since the iPad is still the best selling tablet in the world, but the Note series of phones, Nexus phablets, and other 6+-inch phones are equally to blame. The larger sized phones are making it harder for OEMs to sell tablets which aren't all that much bigger. Not much more The reasons for this aren’t hard to grasp. The jump from the 5.5-inch iPhone ...

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    BlackBerry is a confusing company these days, which makes it a natural subject for the Weekend Debate. BlackBerry has gone through a few iterations while reinventing itself. We have seen BB10, physical keyboards, and most recently, a jump to Android. It’s this last point that I want to take a look at as we look into 2016 and try to determine just what BlackBerry has up its sleeve for this. Specifically, is it time to kill off BB10 and go all in with Android? Naturally Right off the bat this seems like an easy answer. Of course it should. But when you look more closely, the waters get ...

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    Mobile devices are funny things. On the one hand, they’re basically computers, capable of large and complex computations in the blink of an eye. On the other hand, they’re very ephemeral in a way – not really designed to last beyond two years. This creates an interest phenomenon in the mobile space. After all, if a phone isn’t designed to last more than a couple of years, then how can it be considered reliable for local data storage? But on the other hand, computers are where we keep our stuff, so how do we come to grips with this dichotomy. PC packrat I am what I like to call a ...

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    Bluetooth earpieces get a bad rap these days. But the fact of the matter is that they are very neat and very useful things to have – under a certain set of circumstances. Of course, those circumstances require a few key points that a headset must hit in order for it to be a success. The VXi BlueParrot Reveal headset meets many of those key points. Setting the requirements In general, a Bluetooth earpiece needs to have a few things going for it. It must be comfortable to wear, it must have a place to go when you’re not wearing it, and the controls should be easily discernable by touch. ...

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    Rumors are swirling that Apple is going to make a gigantic mistake in the near future. A four-inch iPhone is purportedly in the works for a release this spring. Reportedly, this will serve as the low-end iPhone, and probably only cost $650 (yes, I’m making that up for a joke). The only part that the rumors have not yet addressed is the most important question that should be on the minds of everyone working in the space ship. Why? Every iPhone that came out before the iPhone 6 has had one thing in common. They were all tiny. To be fair, every phone that came out before the iPhone 4 had ...

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    Funny thing about 2015. A lot of really great flagships came out. One the other hand, some not-bad mid range phones came out as well. Leading the charge among these would probably be either the Moto G 2015, or the Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3, depending on your taste. But the thing is, either one of those phones would be just fine as a daily driver for any of us. Oh sure, maybe they don’t have the glitz and glam of the iPhone 6S or the Note 5, or any of the other premium flagships, but they don’t really have to. What we have in our flagships today is almost excessive compared to our needs. ...

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    Up until recently, HTC was known for its phones and occasionally tablets. Phones were pretty much HTC’s bread and butter. But as many of us know, diversification is key when it comes to big business – don’t put all your eggs into one basket and all that. So last year, HTC decided it was time to diversify when it released the HTC One M9, the HTC Vive (now the Vive Pre), and the HTC Grip. Since then, it has added the HTC Healthbox. So HTC has diversified, and it has done some pretty smart things along the way. Entering the correct fray First of all, HTC has chosen the right areas to ...

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    Looking ahead to February, MWC, and beyond, one starts to think about the impending releases of the Samsung GS7 and the HTC M10. Both of these phones had predecessors that were basically one thing short of being perfect phones – if such a thing exists. This is really significant because both of these phones were arguably otherwise really, really great. But HTC’s flagship failed with the camera and the Samsung GS6 and GS6 edge both failed in the battery department. I used to think that the battery was a forgivable failing. But then I actually used the Galaxy S6 Edge for a time and wow ...

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    Last week, we took a look at the future of mobile tech. Specifically, we talked about Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality and how they compared to each other. Now, it’s time to talk about two specific devices that are pioneering those frontiers – Microsoft’s HoloLens and the HTC’s Vive Pre. You may remember our HTC Vive Pre hands-on video from CES. Though I only made a brief appearance in that video, I was wearing a great hat, and I did also have a chance to demo the Vive Pre. I also was fortunate enough to test out the Microsoft HoloLens a few months back. So we decided to pit ...

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    CES is one of the largest consumer electronics expos in the world. This thing is huge. I don’t think it really translates how huge it is until you actually go and walk the show floor – for four days – and still don’t cover everything. There are a ton of electronics companies there but not all of them are necessarily in Pocketnow’s wheelhouse. There is a lot going on is the world of robotics, automotive, and appliances. Nothing sexier than that new refrigerator, right? This year, we had a lot of coverage coming out of CES – smart glasses, phone announcements, and quite a few ...

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    There is little doubt that the future of mobile tech, or at least a good part of it, will reside on your face. "All up in your grill," as the millennials say. Actually, no millennials say that. Anyway, looking ahead  (no pun intended) more and more of our mobile tech will come in the form of virtual reality or augmented reality. Just this past week, at CES, I had the opportunity to take the HTC Vive Pre for a test drive, and I was really impressed. Earlier last year, the same opportunity came up for Microsoft HoloLens. So it seemed natural to compare the two. Not so fast And that’s the ...

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    Update 1/25: We have selected a winner for the giveaway, but have not heard back. We will choose another winner tomorrow if we do not hear by 10am EST. Update 1/26: We have chosen a new winner! See below! Traveling as a tech geek has gotten both easier and harder at the same time since we were but wee lads and lasses. Time was we would load up a bag with a few games, a good book or two, perhaps some DVDs for the trip. Now, we simply toss an iPad, Nexus 9, and Kindle Fire into a bag (though really only one of those is strictly necessary) and we can travel the world without ever getting ...

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    There have been a number of attempts at creating a smartwatch for women. At CES last week, Huawei unveiled what I believe is the closest watch yet. Huawei's new watches geared toward women are very much like its unisex offering, but with a band of fancy around the outside. Specially created watch faces to go along with it give the watch some, for lack of a better word, pizzazz. But it’s not without its faults. More of the same The Huawei Elegant and Jewel are both designed to spice up the wrist of a lady, or as Michael Fisher puts it “a dude who likes his gem stones”. These two ...

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