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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    In my almost two years here, we have seen a lot of really cool things happen. We’ve seen fingerprint scanners and 41 megapixel cameras and always-listening voice activation, phones charging other phones, and all manner of really cool advancements. But one thing has remained consistent throughout – Windows Phone’s dismal market share. Despite everything, it still takes a really generous soul to give it anything more than a 6% market share by any measurable standard. It’s not like Microsoft/Nokia aren’t trying. They have released a $50 smart phone for Pete’s sake. Microsoft has ...

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    HTC released two new products this week that frankly have me flummoxed. One moreso than the other, admittedly. In fact, the whole industry makes me just scratch my head just a little bit. Selfies? Are they really a thing? Actually, that’s not the right question. Selfies are definitely a thing. But are they so much a thing that the industry has to respond to them by making products centered solely around them? I’m just not sure. Selfies are everywhere. From the Oscars to Niagra Falls to darkened bars people love to photograph themselves. It’s no longer enough to take a photo of ...

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    The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we're making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything. Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Saturday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow ...

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    Microsoft came out last week and showed us what was to be the new generation of the Windows operating system. We checked out the event and even gave the new OS preview a spin. Overall, it’s not bad. Microsoft is again reinforcing the fact that it wants one OS to rule them all. Regardless of the form factor, it wants everything to work together in the same way, seamlessly. Noticeably absent from the event was any mention of phones. Touch devices (tablets) got the event equivalent of a Wikipedia footnote, but that’s about it. Clearly, in Microsoft’s philosophy, touch and mobile will ...

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    I’ve learned that there are two things about being a smartphone-and-tablet reviewer. The first thing: you get to handle awesome gadgetry days or weeks ahead of its official release date, and you’re not just allowed to use the heck out of it; you need to, in order to do your job. That’s the awesome thing. The other, less-awesome thing: you eventually have to give it all back. Empty Nest is a recurring column discussing what I miss -and what I don’t- about the devices I’ve had to return. ___ Last week, I got the fateful call. “Can you send the Surface Pro 3 to Adam Lein so ...

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    As the launch of the next possible Nexus approaches it seems to be more and more clear that the next Nexus device will indeed be a phablet. The 5.9 inch phablet has been rumored and recently possibly spotted in the wild. It looks to be a pretty large phone that handles Facebook quite well, so that’s nice but it makes me wonder if this whole Nexus-as-a-phablet idea is such a good thing. The smartphone industry is trending toward larger screens. Apple notoriously and stubbornly clung to its 4-inch paradigm even when every other flagship worth talking about was at least .7 inches larger. ...

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    The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we're making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything. Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Saturday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow ...

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    As efforts like After The Buzz, the Pocketnow U-Review, and Empty Nest demonstrate, we’re constantly searching for fresh ways to review mobile technology. The newest product of those efforts is Pocketnow’s “Review Rebuttal” series, in which a member of our team is assigned to test a smartphone or tablet that’s already gone through our standard review process. While the resulting video or editorial doesn’t affect the “official” Pocketnow review score, we hope it provides added context by showcasing an editor’s personal opinion, rather than a team-wide consensus. We call it ...

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    Last week we heard from the good folks at Neowin about the tablet that never was, but maybe should have been – the Surface Mini. This Microsoft built tablet would have been of the eight inch variety and was pulled back at the last minute just before we got the Surface Pro 3. The Surface Pro 3 is arguably the best hardware ever released by Microsoft. It has a few teensy weensy flaws, but overall is one helluva device. Whether or not the pull back of the Surface Mini led directly to the release of the Surface Pro 3, is unclear. It’s very possible we may have seen both of them at the same ...

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    Boy you people. You just can’t be satisfied. You want to hold your phone and not have the signal die. You want to navigate from your Malibu home to the nearest Starbucks and not get routed to Cleveland. You want to sit on your phones and have them not bend. There really is no pleasing you. I swear. If you haven’t been paying attention lately, iPhone 6 Plusses are a bit on the bendy side according to some forums and YouTube personality, Unboxed Therapy. It turns out putting the new gigantic phones in your pockets – front or back – and then sitting down is a really bad idea and can ...

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    The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we're making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything. Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Saturday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow ...

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    And yet… Yesterday, we talked about a few good reasons why now is the time to jump ship from your current platform and move to iOS. Whether your current pocket pal is of the Windows Phone variety or Android, there are a few good reasons to at least kick the tires on it. Those were detailed in yesterday’s article. But now we’re here to talk about why you should not switch over. It’s just a bigger screen One of the major selling points to this year’s iPhone offerings is the increased screen size. The original iPhones had screens that were suited for one-handed use, which is great ...

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    For those of you familiar with my weekend debate column on Sundays, you know that I like to sometimes take a step back and look at both sides of an issue. Sure it might be a little like fence riding, but I prefer to think of it as arguing both sides of a point to make sure it is understood fully. Well, today and tomorrow, I’ll be outlining two sides of another issue – reasons you should and should not switch to iPhone. So before you see this headline and immediately jump down to the comments to call me an Apple fanboi, first of all, the only thing more wrong than that is French ...

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    Microsoft leaked recently that it would be dropping the Nokia branding from its products along with Windows Phone. Instead, we’d be treated with Lumia phones running Windows. This doesn’t really sound like a big deal on the face of it, but it’s worth mentioning that perhaps Microsoft is being a little hasty. Personally, I think both of these moves make perfect sense. Microsoft is not, in fact, Nokia. Nokia as a company still exists. They’re the one’s making Android launchers for…whatever reason. But it’s also the force behind Here Maps, which is pretty darn nice navigation ...

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    The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we're making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything.  Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Saturday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow ...

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    As much as I’d love to trust the Internet, it has a tendency to screw you on certain things. I read about something and get all excited, and then find out it was just so much bunk. Maybe it was some made up BS that some troll decided to spew, or maybe it was someone who genuinely thought they were right and happened to have a platform on which to speak to such things. However you look at it, I’ve been burned enough in my life to take on a sense of cautious optimism when it comes to things that seem too good to be true. Anyone who has read my work is aware of the tragedy that befell my ...

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    See what I did there? Exciting times we live in. Have I started a few editorials like that before? Well, it’s no less true. One of the more exciting things happening in this industry is the new evolution of wearables and smartwatches. Android Wear devices and the Apple Watch are both poised to make a major impact of technological society – or, you know, bust. Could go either way. But whichever way, it’ll be exciting! Pebble was clearly the trailblazer here. Pebble came out with two smartwatches before Android Wear was a twinkle in a designer’s eye. Other wearables have tried to ...

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    We have begun a new era in connected technology. The era of the smartwatch is here. Ok, so technically it has been around for a couple of years now, since the debut of the Pebble. But now that the accessory is feeling a little more legitimate these days, with the debuts of two of the most anticipated smartwatches in the industry – the Moto 360 and the Apple Watch. So it’s time to start examining these accessories for what they are and start to sort out what these things should be and what they should do and, as is the subject of this weekend’s debate, how they should look. But ...

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    The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we're making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything. Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Saturday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow ...

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    Apple was criticized after its event the other day with the usual set of weapons non-iPhone fans tend to wield. “Apple innovation is dead.” “There’s nothing new here.” I know. I used to be one of those who would take up the charge against Cupertino. But since then I’ve had a change of heart and developed quite a bit of perspective about the whole thing. I find myself neither in the Apple defender’s camp, nor in its critic camp. Fortunately, this has given me a broader view of the situation, and what I’m seeing these days could turn out to be a very, very good thing, and not ...

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    So, the news is finally out. The iPhone, much to no one’s surprise, now is bigger – 4.7” and 5.5” to be exact. This is fantastic news if you happen to be in the market for a bigger iPhone, and let’s face it, who isn’t? Amirite? But all the same, it’s cool that iPhone users now have the choice of small, medium or large for their phones, as well as their soft drinks. The iPhone 5s takes the place of the iPhone 5 as the “cheap” iPhone (and same sized iPhone for those who still want to rock a four-incher), and the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus emerge as the quality and premium brands. ...

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    I had the pleasure of visiting Motorola’s downtown Chicago labs last week in order to cover the release of their new flagship products, the Moto X and the Moto 360. It was an assignment I very much looked forward to since it was very first time covering an event, it was in my home city, and most importantly I have been watching the Moto X very closely since I started reading its reviews a year ago. The Moto X, despite having what seemed to be mid-range specs and a mostly-“meh” camera kept getting positive review after positive review. Indeed as one of our editors indicated, after ...

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    An interesting question came up on the Pocketnow Weekly last week from Patrick Webb, which was actually addressed on the air. All the same, it seemed a highly debatable topic, so let’s talk about it. The question basically addressed the fundamental difference between the product development philosophy between the two biggest OEMs on the planet – Apple and Samsung. Apple has a grand total of 4 “New” devices that you can buy today. That number will change in a few days, but for now, if you were to walk into a store and ask for the latest Apple device, you would be presented with 4 ...

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    The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we're making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything. Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Saturday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow ...

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    It’s no secret what many were looking forward to when it comes to Motorola’s announcements. Sure, there were tours of the “behind the scenes” stuff at Motorola in downtown Chicago, and yes there were a couple of unexpected accessories that came out of the announcements. But we want to talk about some phones and watches, eh? So let’s get to it. The Moto X One of last year’s absolute hit phones was the Moto X. Appropriately, this year’s hit model will also be the “Moto X”. The Moto X 2nd generation will not sport the “plus one” moniker that has been floating around the ...

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