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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    If you read my open letter to my former bank a couple of days ago, you may have noticed something distressing that didn’t really distress me all that much. It should have distressed me, but nothing bad has come of it yet, so I remain undistressed. I mentioned that my banking information has been compromised and a new card had been issued to me, leading to the Android Pay debacle. I also mentioned that this has happened to be roughly three times in the last four years. The reason this is such a problem for me is that just about everything I do that pertains to money is done ...

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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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    Dear TCF Bank, First, let me start off with a little bit of history. I have been a customer of yours for over 20 years. I got my first checking account pretty much when I got my first job, which was when I was 16 years old. No, I’m not going to tell you exactly how long ago that was, but thank you for asking. I have gotten the free gifts that you've given me. I have referred friends and loved ones to you. I now have four bank accounts with you – two personal checking accounts, a small business account, and a joint savings account for my family. This doesn’t include the accounts the ...

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    So, let’s talk about the elephant in the room. The recent Apple event brought a lot to the table – the iPad Pro, the Apple Pencil, and the iPhone 6S among other things. There’s a lot to talk about in those items alone, but I wanted to take a step back and ask a bigger question – is Apple better off under Tim Cook’s than Steve Jobs. First off, no one is going to argue that Steve Jobs was a driving force in Apple and in the mobile industry at large. Apple’s iPhones have been a standard to which other OEMS have been competing against for some time. This has been happening under ...

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    Smartphones are getting better and better all the time, but there’s one quality that I’d never had before, that I have now, that I didn’t want before, but now I really want. Following all that? Ok good. What I’m talking about here is waterproofing. Waterproofing on smartphones is something that is becoming gradually more and more common in smartphones, and it’s a very good thing in a very real sense. Theoretically My waterproofing opinions were always of the hypothetical variety. They were not grounded in real world experience. I’m a geocacher, so I’m no stranger to mud, ...

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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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    Qualcomm currently sits atop the throne of smart-device processors. The Snapdragon line of processors has powered smartphones great and small for years. Snapdragons 400, 600, 800, 805, and everything in between all have been a desired chipset. And then came the Snapdragon 810, and things blew up – almost literally. Too hot, hot damn The Snapdragon 810 processor came with a bit of a caveat – it gets really hot. In some cases super hot. In our experience, it was hot, but not super duper crazy hot. Your mileage will vary. But the bottom line is the concensus among consumers and reviewers ...

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    Mobile phone enthusiasts like ourselves are often the butt of jokes by so-called “Normal people”. “Hey that thing is permanently attached to your head”, or, “why not just get an implant and save us all some time?” So, let’s talk about this. Hypothetically of course. Smartphone implants aren’t here yet (mostly), so we’re very much going to be delving into hypothetical waters here. But still, let’s talk. A couple of weeks ago, Michael Fisher had a great interview with the father of the cell phone, Dr. Martin Cooper. As part of the conversation, the topic of implants came ...

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    Last week, I wrote about Microsoft and how it’s running out of chances to really, finally make it in the mobile market. Let’s face it, Microsoft has been playing this game a long time and it has yet to make significant headway into the industry. That’s not necessarily Microsoft’s fault, but it’s the reality of the situation. And that being the case, Microsoft is going to need to step up in another big way. Namely in the Windows 10 Mobile hardware department. Windows 10 Mobile could be poised to do some damage to Apple and Android, but only if the integration is as tight 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 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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