Nate Allen

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Nate Allen

Nate is a corporate attorney, gadget-geek, and now a contributor to PhoneDog.com. Nate's columns provide honest feedback about the smartphones and apps that he actually uses on a daily basis.

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Nate's Apple TV review

For the first few days after the Apple TV (2nd generation) started shipping to consumers that had pre-ordered, I faithfully called my local Apple store to check their stock.  They finally received a...

Nate's Straight Talk Express: Week one back on BlackBerry

This has been my first full week back on BlackBerry (the Tour 9630) after having spent the last nine months with the Android-powered HTC Droid Eris.   I figured I’d break out some of my impressions...

Nate's Straight Talk Express: My life with a smartphone may never be the same

Data security is a good thing, right?  A noble thing.  The right thing.  Data security is something I’ve taken for granted for a long time. I’ve never had to worry about what would happen to the...

Verizon, Google, and Net Neutrality: How it impacts wireless data

Yesterday, Google and Verizon held a press call in which Google’s Eric Schmidt and Verizon’s Ivan Seidenberg announced a joint policy proposal containing a set of general principals which they say...

Android App Review: Epicurious

Overview What’s Good:  Thousands of recipes, photos, reviews, and shopping lists; Recipes are separated by event type to find applicable recipes more quickly. What’s Bad:  Many recipes contain...

Nate's Straight Talk Express: Droid X Likes & Gripes

I’ve been using the Droid X for about a week and a half now so I’ve really had a chance to dig in and figure out what I like and dislike about the device.  That being said, I’ll cut to the chase....

Nate's First Impressions: Motorola DROID X (Verizon)

To my delight, FedEx delivered the Droid X yesterday and I’ve enjoyed every minute of using it since.  By now, I’m sure you've all read about its specs, but if you’ve been living under a rock, I’ll...

Android App Review: In Case of Emergency (ICE)

Overview What’s Good: Provides a single location for important information about a phone owner in case of emergency; free app ($0.00).What’s Bad: It is unclear to me how anyone would know to look...

Nate's Straight Talk Express: Highs and lows of the LG Ally

I just spent a couple of weeks with the LG Ally from Verizon Wireless.  Full disclosure, I did not use the Ally as my personal device during this period because the phone’s number had obviously been...

Android App Review: Big Brother 12

Overview What’s Good: Spoilers (for those who want to know what’s going on in the house all the time); quick access to both general and cast member specific tweets with the hashtag #BB12; breaking...

Nate's Straight Talk Express: Google, please educate consumers about Android

I was going to write about something else this week, but then I read Noah’s article about the fact that the average consumer doesn’t know what “Android” means and really doesn’t care.  It’s “Droids...

Android App Review: TwitPlus

Overview What’s Good: Fairly seamlessly adds photo previews to your favorite Android Twitter app; free to download and use. What’s Bad: The sharing functionality would not work, but that wasn’t a...

Nate's Straight Talk Express: Android in the Enterprise - Part 1

Android has built a solid reputation as a consumer oriented OS, largely leaving Research in Motion and Microsoft to slug it out for market share the enterprise.  I think this phenomenon is likely to...

Android App Review: Toss It

Overview The Good: Toss It is a challenging game that combines simple goals with the user’s practiced skill; low, low cost of $0.00 (that means FREE, people). The Bad: How could a simple time waster...

Android App Review: Kindle For Android

Overview The Good: Whispersync provides instant access to books previously downloaded to a user’s Amazon.com account, as well as synchronization of the last page read, bookmarks and other...

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