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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    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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    Ahh. The holidays are over (for most) and now is the time when we look back on our successes and failures over the past few days and reassess. Was drinking that second rum and coke before dinner a great idea? Probably not. Did you knock it out of the park with that Pandora bracelet charm in her stocking? You betcha. Should I have replaced her Nexus 5 with a 5x  or perhaps a OnePlus X?  Now we get into the meat of the matter. In short, are smartphone gifts a good idea or not? First of all, smartphone gifts are not to be taken lightly. Any smartphone you buy is going to be a pretty decent ...

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    Adam Doud Contributing Editor "Any" and "as often as humanly possible" Mobile payments are one of my latest mobile obsessions. I love buying stuff with my phone. It's cool and it feels like using the future. But it's one of those things that appeals to a pretty specific audience I'm finding out, so I asked my fellow editors here at Pocketnow what mobile payment systems they used and why they did or did not use them. Mobile payments are so much fun to use, and they are more secure than even magnetic stripe transactions. Tokenization makes them safe, and tapping makes them fun. What more ...

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    Microsoft Continuum is one of Microsoft’s answers to bringing Windows 10 to every screen size. It’s very simple. Plug your phone into a dock, and it fires up a monitor, mouse and keyboard, and you’re suddenly using a full sized computer. This is awesome. Actually, it’s better than awesome, it’s outstanding. Or at least, it will be. Some day. But not today. Tomorrow’s not looking good either. Don’t get me wrong, Continuum is a great concept. It’s one of those things that looks great on paper, not unlike the 2015 White Sox. But as that team taught us – paper is not a ...

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    On Thanksgiving, I decided to “invest” in a $35 tablet. Amazon’s Kindle Fire, normally a $50 tablet, dropped to just $35, and it was too cheap not to get. I even chronicled the experience in an editorial the following week. But then I started...you know…using the tablet, as one tends to do. It has largely been a Netflix/Instant Video machine with a game or two thrown in for the train. But here’s the thing. It’s not very good at it. This is exactly $35 worth of tablet. At $35, it barely justifies it's existence. What I mean is, the tablet is thoroughly unimpressive in every way ...

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    “Hey everyone. I lost/broke/replaced my phone and I lost all of my contacts. PM me with your number so I can store it.” If you're like me - or rather your friends are like mine - you see this message every few months on Facebook. To a phone reviewer, this would be an almost weekly occurrence if we weren’t prepared for the possibility (read: certainty) of replacing our phones. The holidays are fast approaching, so maybe that special someone in your life is about to grace you with a little bundle of joy – a Note 5 or an iPhone 6S. So, I decided I should take the opportunity to help ...

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    I’ve talked a lot lately about portability. When it comes to laptops, tablets, keyboards, I’m on the go a lot and I sometimes need to write away from my comfortable little desk at home. So I could carry around a laptop, but there are times when a tablet is more convenient. Beyond that, there are times that a phone is even more convenient. But typing a full editorial or review on a phone isn’t feasible, right? It’s madness! Well, unless that phone happens to be a Lumia 950 that has Continuum capability. One aspect of Continuum that is particularly nice is the extreme portability of ...

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    In case you didn’t hear the trumpets and fanfare, or you missed the citizenry lining the streets throwing rose petals in my path, you might not know that I’m toting a Lumia 950 these days. OMG! Android boy came back to Windows 10 mobile? Say it ain't so! Well, ok, it ain't really so. I mean, I do have a Lumia 950 I’m using, somewhat regularly. But the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is still my primary phone. But that’s not what we’re here to talk about. I’m back to using Windows Phone, now known as Windows 10 Mobile, so I wanted to share with you three of the best Windows Phone ...

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    Samsung tripped up a few of us last summer when it decided to release the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6+ ahead of IFA. Traditionally, Samsung’s release cycle has been Barcelona/Berlin and why not? The entire mobile news world is already on site – it saves a bundle on catering. But last summer, Samsung released its large flagships a month earlier than usual, and some rumors indicate it may do the same with its plans for the Galaxy S7 release. Just recently, our own Joe Levi asked the question, would Samsung be better off releasing early?  Well, we in the weekend debate club can’t just ...

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    One of the more disappointing aspects of Google’s lineup of devices of late has been the lack of seven inch representation. The Nexus 7 was, at the time, one of the best devices that Google introduced, from screen size to price point to specifications. The Nexus 7 has since grown old, with nary a replacement to be seen. The Nexus 9 came around, which in my experience was just fine until Marshmallow came along and hit it in the face with a frying pan. I suppose individual results will vary, but my Nexus 9 continually disappoints me, and I find myself longing for a replacement. But I ...

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    @evleaks recently leaked that HTC would finally be joining the smartwatch space with the HTC One watch (or some similar name). The only surprising thing about this is how long it took HTC to join that fray. This is pretty consistent with what we’ve seen of HTC of late. HTC has been looking to expand it repertoire of devices for some time now, such as fitness tracking and VR, so an HTC watch makes sense. The only problem is, HTC is once again late to the party, with a number of already-established smartwatches out there. Like VR and fitness bands, HTC is getting to the smartwatch party ...

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    When the apocalypse hits, will you be ready? Ok, the answer to that question is, “no.” Because let’s be honest; who is ever ready for an apocalypse? Let’s scale it back a little bit. When you need to go away camping for a week, with no access to power, will you be ready? Of course, the answer to that question might still be no, but Innori thinks it can get you a little closer. The Innori 22,400 mAh 3 USB Universal Portable Power Bank has a ton of power for you to tote along with you for those times that you’ll be away from power for a very, very long time. We tested the Power ...

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    I was browsing Kickstarter as I tend to do from time to time, when I came across this interesting item. The Haize (pronounced Hi-zeh) watch (for lack of a better word) calls itself a “minimalist navigation device for urban cyclists.” I’m an urban cyclist, so I was intrigued. Before we get into our debate, let’s talk about what I learned. What is Haize? The Haize is a sort of smart watch/compass that attaches to your bike or your wrist whose sole purpose is to facilitate navigation. But how it goes about doing that is a little different and intriguing. It works with a very ...

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    These days mobile internet is pretty great. Mobile data speeds are getting to the point where they’re substitutes for what you’ll get on your home internet connection. Toss in a couple of kids streaming Netflix and maybe you might find yourself better off disconnecting from WiFi and hitting the mobile data for your Facebook posting pleasure. Many households are getting to the point where a phone/tablet combination represents the sum total of their home computing power. Phones and tablets are getting good enough to replace your home computer for things like surfing and gaming. Maybe you ...

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    One of the coolest things our smartphones do today - you know aside from all that computational stuff – is wireless charging. There is nothing so satisfying as setting your phone down at the end of the day and knowing it’ll start charging without fumbling with cables and wondering which way is up. Completely one-handed; you can start charging your phone while holding bags of groceries. It’s pretty great. We had the opportunity to try out a few chargers from our friends at Choetech. On our desk sit the T516, T517, and T518. Just for fun, let’s add the Samsung Fast Charger, Tylt Vu ...

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    In the future, we’ll be able to walk to the nearest wall, ask for something, and watch it materialize before our eyes. We are not there yet, obviously. But really, how far away are we? This past Thursday, while preparing the house for Thanksgiving, my wife offhandedly mentioned that Amazon’s Fire tablet was on sale for $35. That’s thirty-five dollars for a 7-inch tablet. Holy crow! So I decided that $35 was too cheap to not get one. As I was ordering something else occurred to me. I can have this tablet today. Unfortunately, I live too far out in the suburbs to use Amazon Prime Now's ...

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      Looking at the smartphone landscape, there is a lot to take in. The question of “What phone should I buy” is no longer so easily defined by questions such as “What is your budget?” Time was, if you wanted a phone, you first had to decide in what tier you belonged – the upper, midrange, or lower. From there you could start to define what you’d be looking for in a smartphone such as NFC, camera, front-facing camera, wireless charging, etc. Most importantly, you could start deciding where to cut corners. But the lines between smartphone tiers have started to blur. The high ...

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    Ever found yourself kicking back, surfing the net and just chillin’ – not Netflix and chillin’ - but actually chillin’ and suddenly you find your brains on the floor. Not literally of course, but you come across something that blows your mind and you start to see a lot of implications and possibilities? Well that’s just how I felt when I first came across transparent aluminum. That Star Trek stuff? Yep. That Star Trek stuff. For those of you not familiar with the reference, I’ve included a clip below. Our intrepid crew of the NCC-1701 had just had their ship blown up and ...

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    The CD player is one of those items that you probably have in your car, and if you’re like us, you don’t use. It just kinda sits there. It’s a slash that cuts right through our dashboard which used to be somewhat useful, but hasn’t been used in who knows how long and hasn’t worked in who cares how long. So now that something has finally come along that makes that feature useful, we’re excited. The Innori CD Slot phone mount does just that. We have been using a similar mechanism in our car for some time now. But this particular version by Innori has us intrigued enough to give ...

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    The holiday season approaches and along with it come wish lists for every conceivable holiday that falls in December. So, what better time to take stock of all the brand new flagship phones that are coming out just in time for the holidays. Well, ok, that’s not why I’m here. I’m going to take stock of just two of them coming out for the holidays – the Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL. Both of these flagships are hitting the streets right as people are gearing up for some hard core holiday shopping. Don your helmets and flak jackets; Black Friday is nearly upon us. Microsoft is right ...

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