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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    iPhone gets a bad rap. It really does. Apple is such a polarizing company it’s almost funny. Apple has fans that are so very dedicated to the platform they almost need therapy. iPhone, iPad, iMac, Apple TV, Apple Watch, and even a white Starbucks membership card. Apple has achieved the kind of fan base that corporations only dream about – for better or for worse. iSheep You know the stereotypes – iSheep, rich yuppies hanging out at Starbucks, when they’re not camping out at Apple stores, that is. These people, the fans who have done nothing wrong except fall in love with a product ...

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    Now we have wearables from all three major platforms – iOS, Android, and Windows. Or at least we’ve seen announcements for all three. Apple is a little on the slow side coming to market but for the purposes of this article we’re going to assume what we saw in the demos is actually what people will be wearing. What we’re looking at here is not the aesthetics of each brand – so Microsoft Band haters can just move all those thoughts to the recycle bin for now. Rather, what we’ll be examining is the philosophy behind the wearable, because we have three distinct platforms here all ...

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    See what I did there? When Tim Cook announced Apple pay just a few weeks ago, it was a pretty exciting time. NFC payments were coming to Apple, marking a huge opportunity for Apple and its customers. It’s true, Google users were already on the NFC payment train with Google Wallet, but Apple stood to legitimize the mobile payment industry simply by adopting it. I wrote as much just after the product launch. Then, my theories were proven true – kinda – by the Merchant Customer Exchange who suddenly doused its drawers at the thought of Apple Pay trouncing it’s here-but-not-really, ...

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    Some rumors recently suggested that Apple was planning 12.(something) inch iPad Pro. This would put this iPad directly in line to compete against the Surface, which is a role reversal of sorts and that makes me smile a little bit. Other rumors suggest that the iPad Pro would actually replace the iPad mini in Apple’s lineup as “the second iPad”. Now this rumor was interesting for a few different reasons. But it got me to thinking – is that such a good idea? It’s true the iPad mini has never sold as well as the iPad. The first generation iPad mini didn’t have a retina screen, so ...

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    We work with so much technology every day that sometimes it’s mind-boggling. At times you don’t even know how to feel about a product coming out. The Amazon Echo is one example – how am I supposed to feel about this thing. It sure looks cool but is it? Sometimes you have expectations about something. That was the case with me with smartwatches. I really, really wanted a smartwatch. And then I got one. I’ve been using the Moto 360 now for a couple of months. It’s really great tech, but as my rebuttal review headline read, it’s “flawed beauty”. There’s a lot that the Moto ...

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    Yesterday, we took a look at why the Microsoft Band is good for the Windows Phone platform, but we never really examined why the Microsoft band was good in and of itself. We touched on a few points that will be reiterated here, but now we’re going to focus on those positives, and maybe a minor negative here and there. The Microsoft Band is a 1.0 product. Let’s just go ahead and get that out of the way right now. It’s not really finished and I don’t think it’s the destination of this journey. It’s maybe a point of interest or tourist trap that you encounter on your way to the ...

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    Last week, Microsoft quietly released a new wearable into the space – the Microsoft Band. What’s remarkable about this device was how quietly it was released considering it is the first wearable to be fully compatible with Windows Phone. Ok, Pebble fans, I know you have an app. I’m very happy for you. But this Microsoft Band is something else because it is designed to work with Windows Phone. Oh, and it works with Android and iOS too. LOLWUT? Yessir, that’s the case. The Microsoft Band is cross-platform hardware, something which I mentioned would be a fabulous idea a few months ago ...

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    Normally, on the Weekend Debate, we look at two sides on an issue – is the Nexus 6 price too high or too low or what should the primary function of a smartwatch be? This week, we’re going to take a look at two potential solutions to the same problem. The traditional way just isn't working all that well. The Problem You’ve been there. A kid’s recital, a concert, or some other public display is on and suddenly everyone whips out their cell phones and clamors as close as possible (and probably in your way) to get the best shot. Which is fine except they’re in your way and they’re ...

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    Interesting news in the world of smartwatches has been flying of late, not the least of which are rumors of a cross platform compatible smartwartch coming from Microsoft. But even more interesting was some recent news that Google was considering some Android Wear  compatibility options. As in, perhaps going cross-platform. ORLY? Well isn’t that interesting. As our news article suggests, this likely isn’t anything more than a flight of fancy on an “Ideas to kick around” spreadsheet somewhere, but it raises a few questions. Would Android Wear be better off being a cross platform ...

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    Android is everywhere, but sometimes it's a little hard to tell. Samsung's Android is not the same as HTC's which is not the same as Alcatel's. Every OEM pours a little of their own flavor into its version of Android. Some for the better, others...well, not so much. But in a world where 80% of the market is using the same platform and you have no less than two dozen competitors all touting the same OS, what can you do to make your product stand out and shine? Skin it of course! Which leaves us, the consumer, in an odd and sometimes confusing place. Android is Android is Android right? ...

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    Phablets have come into the mobile space consciousness in a big way (no pun intended) recently with the announcement of two, relatively large (prominent, pun a little intended) devices into the phablet space – the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Motorola made Nexus 6. Both of these phones fall into the phablet category, at least by some definitions. So let’s take a look here and see if we can figure out exactly what these definitions are. Some will argue that a phablet needs something more than just a large screen. After all, a phone with a large screen is still a “phone” because it ...

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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 not often that two really compelling tablets debut in the same week. Actually, if you ask me, I’d be hard pressed to think of two compelling tablets, but anyway. But just a week ago, we found ourselves with a rather difficult choice – The Nexus 9 or the iPad Air 2. So, we decided to ask our editors, “If you had to spend your own money on one of these two tablets, which would it be?” Our answers were just as varied as our editorial staff. Some were predictable, others not so much. We’re keeping score here, so let’s see what the team says. ...

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    The debate is on, and boy is it healthy. Last weekend’s debate was about the Nexus 6 price and it turns out there are some strong opinions on this one. But, perhaps some perspective is needed here to really see what’s going on. Or, perhaps the pricing itself gives us that perspective. Let’s dive in and see if we can figure out the why of this new Nexus paradigm. First of all, the Nexus 6 is a beast in just about every sense of the word. The power, the specifications, the size, and the price are all impressive. This is a giant phone – phablet really – which is admittedly not for ...

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    The Nexus line saw a refresh in both the phone and tablet department. That’s actually not an accurate statement. It would be more accurate to say the Nexus line saw a refresh in the tablet and phablet department. I’m a little fuzzy on why Google decided it needed to release a phone the size of a small runway, but that’s neither here nor there. The other significant part of the news was the Nexus 6 price - $650 off contract. That’s pretty steep, which is to say it’s right on par with other flagships that are out there now – the iPhone 6, the Samsung Galaxy S5, the LG G3. All 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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    One of the best things that has come out of this industry lately is the quality of products you can find in the mobile space. Year after year, flagship phones are becoming larger, more powerful, and generally, better. One of the byproducts of that revolution is what is happening on the low end of the spectrum. As the upper limits keeping getting pushed higher and higher, so do the lower limits get higher and higher. We are at a point right now where “low” isn’t all that low any more. Look no further than devices like the Lumia 520, the Moto E, and the subject of our editorial today, ...

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    Microsoft is intent on replacing your laptop with its Surface Pro 3 offering. This concept is not without merit. Often I have said if I can carry around just one device instead of a laptop and a tablet, I will have officially moved into Happytown. But what if that one device is just a tablet? Allow me to explain. During the iPad 2 announcement today, Apple called upon a couple of app developers to come on stage and demo their products. Normally this would be an odd thing to do during a device announcement. Except that these two app developers happened to be working on photo and video ...

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    Along with Google Nexus 9 came the announcement that it would also have a magnetically attached keyboard as an accessory, presumably to make it easier to be productive. This is a change in philosophy in the general tablet market and I believe Microsoft is largely responsible for this trend. The introduction of the Surface tablet has signaled a change in the industry that even competitors are starting to notice. Now with the Nexus 9 having an OEM-made type keyboard, it means that finally, FINALLY someone is trying to keep up with Microsoft in the mobile space instead of it being the other ...

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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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