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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    When it comes to phones, I’m definitely more of an outsides guy than an insides guy. I love look and feel type stuff. The specs are important, but really I’m all about what goes on outside that hard candy shell. Opening a smartphone or tablet is a scary proposition to me, but I recently decided to broaden my horizons and try this whole do it yourself kind of thing. I recently cracked the screen on my 2012 Nexus 7. There was no reason why it cracked. It was just in my backpack and came out in more pieces than it went in. That kinda sucked. This was a Pocketnow unit, so I had to replace ...

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      Windows phone has gotten a lot of great updates lately. We’ve seen things like Cortana, folders on the start screen, backgrounds. Windows Phone 8.1 has been written about often and the theme is always the same. It really brings Windows Phone up to par with its current competitors – iOS and Android. Which is really great. It’s nice to not have features so obviously missing from your phone’s operating system. It’s great that new smartphone buyers can now consider Windows Phone as a legitimate option when out shopping for smartphones. But with Windows Phone 8.1 comes a number ...

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    When smartphone shopping, so many people run straight for the spec sheet. Or at least they start there and then move on to stuff like build quality, materials, reviews, etc. But it really is about the specs for most people. I’m not going to lie, I’m like that too, for the most part - latest and greatest for me. This is not a crazy concept. Future proofing is a big concern in the world of smartphones. You’re putting down anywhere from $300 - $800 or you’re signing away 2 years of your life for a device in a field that has a tendency to pump out new technology faster than you can say ...

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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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    There comes a time in every tech geek’s life when they have to ask themselves a question – “What else is out there?” There was a time when every platform – iOS, Android, Blackberry, PalmOS/webOS, Symbian, etc – offered something unique to the mobile space. They offered something compelling to keep you locked into their own ecosystems, so that you wouldn’t dare stray afield.  These days, that is becoming less and less of a concern. Platforms are catching up with other platforms and there is a lot more parity then there used to be. This isn’t universally the case, but the ...

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    If there was a unicorn of a device for mobile tech geeks the world over, it was a Lumia device running Android. Well, we finally got one, and it kind of sucked. But if there’s a step below a unicorn, maybe a pegasus, or leprechaun, or even a portly saint in a jolly red suit, it’s probably the HTC One M8 running Windows Phone. Yesterday, we got our Santa Clause. The HTC One M8 for Windows was released yesterday, bringing Microsoft’s operating system onto arguably the most beautiful phone of the year. Of course, Windows Phone is no stranger to high-quality hardware thanks to Nokia’s ...

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    Interesting news hit the feeds last week. HP former smartphone maker and barely-tablet maker wants to make its own smartwatch. Yes. A smartwatch. There have been some rumors and teaser graphics surrounding this device and that’s all fine and good. Some speculation came to our attention regarding this HP smartwatch, and it has some merit, or at the very least should be considered. HP’s smartwatch should run webOS. Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “Did I leave the oven on when I left the house this morning?” I have good news for you. Probably not. But now ...

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    I’ve been tossing around an idea lately and I think now is the time to talk about it. I’ve also got the perfect OEM to do it, and frankly I’m surprised it hasn’t already. So, here are my thoughts, and of course, you’re free to debate this. It’s a bit of a twist on an old debate, so here goes. Samsung is known for, among other things, making a phone or tablet for just about every form factor on the planet. So if there is an OEM willing to take a flyer on this, it’s Samsung. Phones are becoming bigger and bigger. The Lumia 1520 comes to mind as just a massive device that is ...

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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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    In my time with the Surface Pro 3, I was (and still am) really focused on putting that bad boy through its paces. I tested it backward and forward, forsaking all others and devoting myself solely to the tablet/laptop/hybrid/thing. It's a great time and it's a quality tablet, as I have described. Naturally while working with the tablet I came across some really fun things you can do with it. Since yesterday, we talked about fun things to do with Windows Phone 8.1, we're continuing our week of levity with some fun things you can do with Microsoft's best piece of hardware to date. So pop open ...

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    A lot has changed in Windows Phone land over the past few months. So much so that Windows Phone is starting to be viewed by much of the tech community as just as good as Android and iOS with respect to OS function. Apps and ecosystem may be another conversation, but for now Windows Phone is putting on the big boy pants and declaring, "We've got fun things to do on Windows Phone 8.1! So lets give them a look. We’ve come a long way baby. A lot has been rolled out to the public of late from the halls of Redmund, so we thought it might be a nice time to show you some of the new toys at your ...

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    It’s happening again. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, carriers are mucking them up again. They’re sticking their noses where they don’t belong and making OEMs change look, feel, and behavior of their models on phone because the carriers want something unique. Something original. Recently, we’ve seen the emergence of the HTC One MB HK edition exclusive to Sprint. Just what exactly is exclusive remains to be seen since reports say the difference is negligible. But an even more interesting occurrence of this phenomenon is the recent introduction of the ...

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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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    2014 seems to be shaping up to be the year of the wearable, and more accurately, the year of the smartwatch. Already this year we have seen an impressive array of smartwatches debut, and as Frank Sinatra once said, “The best is yet to come.” He also said Chicago is “[his] kind of town,” so the man was obviously a genius. Anyway, back to smartwatches. The Moto360 and the iWatch/iTime have yet to see the light of day and yet, they are probably the two most anticipated wearables yet. There has been some discussion that wearables and smartwatches in particular will not take off. They ...

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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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    When you stop and consider the world we are living in, it’s a fascinating time to be alive. In the span of a few short decades, we have gone from bag phones permanently installed in a car, to people that carry around two of the same things in one pocket. We’ve gone from the phonebook to Google, and from 411 to…well Google. Technology has exploded all around us and left in its smoky wake a society that is all at once smarter and faster because of these devices we carry. But it wasn’t always like that. No sir. Once upon a time, a Blackberry was a status symbol and a PDA was in a ...

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    Up until a couple of years ago, Microsoft was not known for its high quality hardware design. Sure, if you wanted a piece of software, you knew where to go. But hardware was just something Microsoft didn’t do. There was nothing wrong with that, plenty of OEMs were happy to step up, buy a license and go, go, go. But then Microsoft decided to get into the hardware game. It aimed high. The Surface is one of its more recent attempts at hardware and it is beautiful. The Surface RT and Surface Pro both debuted just over two years ago, and they were absolutely gorgeous machines. The metal ...

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    Memos have been flying around like crazy over at Microsoft. Satya Nadella and Stephen "Hello there" Elop have been trying to synergize with their employees to maximize efficiency and leverage...whatever. It’s like a Weird Al song over there. Recently, Elop made it clear in no uncertain terms that Nokia's devices and services division, now living under the Microsoft umbrella is no longer in the Android phone making business. Of course anyone who has even tangentially been paying attention to the smartphone landscape over the past few years should have seen this coming, but it does beg the ...

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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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    Editor's note: I use the word "surface" a lot in this article, both when referring to the device and the platform upon which it was set. Assume "no pun intended" as needed. Thank you. The Surface Pro gets a lot of flak for being unbalanced and top heavy. It has been said that the Surface won't stay on your knees and therefore isn't a great portable computing device. So bad has the reputation been that Microsoft has put the tablet through 2 complete redesigns of its signature characteristic – the kickstand. Fortunately, Microsoft nailed it on the third try. For those not familiar, the ...

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    A few weeks ago, our intrepid reporter, Taylor Martin attempted to use on the Surface Pro 3 for one solid week, forgoing his typical writing machines in favor of the Surface Pro 3. He didn't quite make it. In Taylor's defense, there were some unforeseen power issues, and Taylor reported that in his piece. But at the same time, he also wrote about how the user experience of the Surface was a bit too disjointed for him to successfully use the tablet on the regular. Ok, fine. Windows 8.1 has some issues. But were they so bad that a user couldn't get along after, say using a Macbook Air ...

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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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    July 22 is going to be a very, very big day in Microsoft. Or it'll be more of the same. Satya Nadella's original open letter on July 10 to his employees seemed to suggest a lot of changes being made, requiring almost two weeks to “meet with senior management” to iron out all the details of what exactly is going to happen. Here's the thing about corporations – they tend to not announce that they're meeting with senior management if everything is status quo. So Microsoft may be getting a face lift and what will be left after that face lift is complete has some of us wondering – ...

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    A good question came up on Twitter not long ago. It was one that I couldn't rightly answer. What is everyone on the Pocketnow team using as a daily driver these days? So many new phones have come out, allegiances have changed back and forth. Is Michael using a review device or is that personal? No one ever knows any more. So I brought in the team for a little bit of a confab. We put our phones out on the table and talked about them a little bit. We discussed the whats and the whys and even a couple of hows. That's where things got weird. But anyway, some had just one phone; some of us, ...

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