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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    Samsung shifted its position on a pretty critical and polarizing issue recently. The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge both came without two of the things it had always bragged about in the past – removable battery and expandable storage via microSD card. This was a major departure from previous iterations of the devices and it has caused quite a stir. After all, these were two trademarks that set Samsung devices apart from a number of other flagships. HTC, often referred to as the first alternative to Samsung, has shunned both the battery and memory card swapping crowds for years now. Other ...

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    I’m not a fan of cases. This is a pretty well documented fact. Putting a case on a phone is a waste of millions of R&D dollars. Sure you’re protecting your investment, but a phone is not an investment – at least not the kind of investment that you can expect a return from. All things being equal, a phone shouldn’t have to be all that protected. It’s meant to be in your pocket or in your hand. Butter fingers aside, those should be relatively damage free environments. Watches on the other hand are a different matter. Those devices are meant to be strapped onto the outside of ...

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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 the 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 in less than a decade – from phones that (barely) handled email to pocket-sized computers that a increasingly ...

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    Great news, Pocketnow fans! LG has partnered up with Pocketnow to give away five VR headsets for the LG G3. You might remember that LG gave away a bunch of these a just a couple of months ago, in select markets. These headsets are basically plastic Google Cardboard variants that are designed for the LG G3. Yes, this is the one time when "plastic" is actually an upgrade. Our readers will have a chance to win one of these headsets in five different areas of our online presence. Keep in mind, this is just the VR headset, not the phone itself. First of all, let's be clear about a couple of ...

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    Back in September, Tim Cook had something special to show off. The Apple Watch, featuring Apple Pay, a whole new app launcher, and the special “Imma watch you die” heartbeat sensor. It was small, it lasted a whole day, and it was coming…soon. Then, in October, “Wow! There it is again!” It’s small, it comes in a crap load of options and styles, and you can still watch your loved ones die. And it’s coming…soon. After that, there was a whole lotta nothing, presumably because they were ramping up the ol’ factories to get these babies going. Finally, in March we saw a whole ...

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    Apple has a funny history of being incredibly strict when it comes to design and options. Two years ago the iPhone 5c came in its fun candy shell, featured five different colors. This was a great leap forward in the evolution of Apple design. Before the iPhone 5c, the iPhone pretty much came in black or white, or occasionally (and horribly) gold. So if you were looking to accessorize after Labor Day, you better hope you have the black one. But now, the iPhone 5c seems to have opened the floodgates as it were because now with the Apple Watch, the sky is the limit when it comes to choices. ...

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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 the 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 in less than a decade – from phones that (barely) handled email to pocket-sized computers that a increasingly ...

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    A lot goes into choosing the right smartphone. In fact, a helluvalot goes into it. There are a ton of things to consider. Specs, look and feel, fluidity, operating system all come into play when we set our brains to churning about what phone to buy. But we at Pocketnow wanted to know, what’s the most important aspect of a smartphone. The number one item on your list that makes you say, “I ain’t buying this thing if it doesn’t have X”? The guts Cores and GPUs and gigahertzes, and all that jazz. What gets you going is having the best of the best of the best, even if your phone ...

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    Much like the Pocketnow Weekly, of which Michael Fisher likes to brag that they have “never missed a week” so too can the Weekend Debate claim this similar, although far shorter claim. So it’s Easter Sunday (for some) and here the Weekend Debate carries on! This weekend, the Weekend Debate is taking on a slightly different tone. Normally, I write in and provide both sides of an issue and let you debate in the comments which is the correct side. Not so much this weekend. Because to my eyes, something really bad has happened to a great concept, and I just cannot fathom why. So I’m ...

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    There are a lot of reasons out there to love a smartwatch. They really do make your life easier. They are stylish and functional. They do not replace your smartphone, but they are not supposed to. And yet a lot of people – a LOT – of people out there have not climbed aboard the smartwatch band wagon. Here we are almost a year after the announcement of Android Wear and I can count the number of “in the wild” smartwatches I’ve seen on one hand. I roll with a group of tech savvy individuals both at my job and with my friends and nobody has a smartwatch. So what gives? Too big I know ...

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    With the Surface 3 coming out just 24 hours ago, we thought it was time to look ahead a bit and think about what we'd like to see for the Surface Pro 4. It's probably safe to say that the Surface Pro 4 will debut with Windows 10 which means it's likely still months away. That's ok though, because we can still dream. Here's what some of the Pocketnow editors are dreaming about. Adam Doud Contributing Editor "The main package is right. Now perfect the details." The Surface Pro 3 is a great tablet and is as close to being a laptop replacement as anyone has gotten. The combination of power ...

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    So, hey Microsoft. You still do know how to keep a relationship fresh and interesting. There we were minding our own business having breakfast together and you drop this bomb. It wasn’t quite like a, “You need to pick up the kids from soccer today and oh by the way I’m pregnant” kind of bomb, but still, it was a doozy. A nice little Surface 3 release is plenty to make a morning interesting. So there I was staring at this new device you dropped in our laps and I didn’t quite know what to make of it. At first, I was like “no 'Pro'…it's not RT is it?” But no, sure enough, ...

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    The news has dropped, the review is out, so let’s take a long hard look at this smartphone that HTC is calling its flagship and find out if HTC hit a home run, or a lazy fly to the shortstop. On the one hand, the HTC One M9 does bring some new specifications in the same gorgeous package as its predecessors. Without a doubt, the Snapdragon 810 processor is a step up over the One M8’s Snapdragon 801. Add to that Android Lollipop, an extra gig of RAM and a bigger battery and this is a decent spec bump over its predecessor. Smarter smartphones HTC is also trying to get smarter about its ...

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    It’s interesting to see the turn some phones have taken of late. It seems like the entire industry is focused on making you a healthier and better you. That’s really great in some ways because it points to a societal awareness and desire to live longer and be stronger. But at the same time, there are a lot of things about this that the industry seems to be getting wrong, or at the very least, not right. Fingerprints Biometric data is becoming a more and more important part of our smartphones. If you’re holding a newer iPhone, look no further than the home button. A fingerprint ...

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    Smartwatches are a blossoming category, especially now that all three major platforms have their own. Apple introduced the Apple Watch, Microsoft introduced the Microsoft Band, and Android introduced a flood of new smartwatches seemingly weekly as Android tends to do. Couple that with the more platform agnostic offerings of Pebble and there’s actually a few decisions to be made here. If you’re on iOS, you can decide between pricey and super-pricey Apple Watch offerings or the aforementioned Pebble. On Android Wear there are no options ranging from $200 up into the thousands, and of ...

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    Windows Phone has a problem. It’s a problem that has been festering for some time now. It’s a problem that needs to be addressed, and relatively soon. At the same time, it’s a problem that probably ~won’t~ be addressed for at least four to six months. That problem is not related to apps, and it’s not related to market share – at least not directly. You’ve probably read the headline, so you know I’m talking about Windows Phone flagships. Great brands are measured by their great products. iOS has famously shunned the lower-income customers by only ever releasing flagship ...

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    Last weekend on the debate, we examined the price of the Apple Watch. The cheapest Apple watch came in at 33% greater than the most expensive competition, the Pebble Time Steel. Whether or not the price is too high isn’t the question this week. What we’re going to examine this week is whether or not the Apple Watch price will help or hinder the platform in general. After that, I promise we won't talk about money. Here’s the part where I say that pricing for all of these devices varies by region, so we’re going to concentrate of US pricing for the sake of consistency. Consider for a ...

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    A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to round out my professional development by carrying iOS as a daily driver. Yes, it was an iPhone 5c. Yes it was basically 2-year old hardware (an iPhone 5 with a hard candy shell). Yes it was a teeny tiny baby phone. All of those were contributing factors to why I switched back to Android. But the most compelling reason by a wide margin was iOS itself. Don’t get me wrong. iOS is a nice operating system. It has its merits just like other operating systems have theirs. But there are a couple of things that are missing or just poorly executed, ...

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    Recently, a rumor came churning out of the mill suggesting that Microsoft might be developing Cortana for iOS and Android. Joe Levi opined earlier this week about what a good idea this was. Microsoft putting its software on as many devices as possible certainly does sound like a great thing on the face of it, but once you dig a little deeper, maybe live is not so rosy underneath the large orange visor. Microsoft and Google have a…strained relationship. Google has stripped its services from Microsoft’s devices while at the same time improving its apps for iOS. Google has even gone so ...

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    If you are looking for a phone with a gorgeous design and premium feel, but you also have some budgetary limitations and are living in 2014, we have some really good news for you: the Xiaomi Mi Note might just be the phone you’re looking for. We had the opportunity to take it for a test drive courtesy of our friends at Efox-shop (where you can grab your own - use coupon code "pocketnow" for $10 off until June 30). The price tag on this phone accurately reflects what you’ll be getting. We tested this phone for three weeks in the Chicago area on AT&T and on US Mobile. It's not the ...

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    It wasn’t really a surprise. I mean, Tim Cook announced pricing on the Apple Watch months ago. Maybe we were all just hoping for a “Gotcha!” after he said it. Maybe we’d hoped he’d just seen the light. But sure enough, during the Apple Watch event, we got reminded of the price of the Apple Watch. It came in at just a hair over half the price of an iPhone. But the thing is, that’s where the price starts. $349 is for the very base model. The Apple Watch comes in a variety of styles that goes all the way up to seventeen-holy-crap-thousand-yes-I-said-thousand dollars. For ...

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    MWC has come and gone and we saw a number of really great products coming out of Barcelona. A couple of those products really broke the mold when it comes to “traditional products.” Those products were, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and the HTC Vive. Neither of these products are necessarily “new”, per se. Both are iterations of recent innovations. The Note Edge came out last fall. The S6 Edge builds on that theme. It is similar at least so there’s not a whole lot of new ground being broken here. But, it is still relatively new territory. Similarly the HTC Vive isn’t all that new ...

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    Since I’ve been a professional (stop laughing!) writer about mobile technology, I’ve tried to really broaden my horizons with regard to this industry. But one item in particular has been really difficult to cross off of my bucket list – using iOS on a phone as a daily driver. I started off at Pocketnow as a “Windows Phone guy” who dabbled in Android a bit. Since then I’ve shifted more toward the Android side of things, but that’s mainly because there is so much more going on in the Android world, I need to know about it. But I've always had this gaping hole missing form my ...

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    Good artists copy. Great artists steal. Artists with body guards brag about it. Or something like that. But in the world where three major operating systems have reached a level where they’re all perfectly fine, and if the other two disappeared for whatever reason, most people would be able to carry on with the remaining one. But let’s face it, no one platform is really perfect. There are things that other platforms do better than others, and that’s true for all three. So we decided to put our heads together and tinker a little bit with our platforms of choice. So I asked each editor ...

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    I love weird phones. This isn’t really a secret. I’ve had a parade of weird phones march across my desk for the past eight months. Now, the Galaxy S6 Edge is official. Another weird phone has come to the masses! The phones themselves were shaped weird, worked in a weird way, or were just weird to use (by societal standards). I’ve become something of a weird aficionado. I love weird phones. But here’s the thing. The very fact that they’re weird begs the question – why make weird phones? From a strictly bottom line standpoint, weird phones are money suckers. They take a ton of ...

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