Nate Allen

Nate Allen

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From Indianola, IA

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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 Gallery

Nate's Apple TV review


Gadgets My initial impressions of the Apple TV after a month or so of use have been very, very positive. It does exactly what I was hoping it would do as I’m able to stream movies, music and photos from my Mac Mini to other rooms of my house, as...




Android App Review: Epicurious Exclusive

Android App Review: Epicurious


Android 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 ingredients that are hard to find. Recipes seem geared...





Android App Review: Big Brother 12 Exclusive

Android App Review: Big Brother 12


Android 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 news notifications; the app is free (ad supported)....




Android App Review: Toss It Exclusive

Android App Review: Toss It


Android 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 be bad? The Verdict...




Android App Review: DoubleTwist Exclusive

Android App Review: DoubleTwist


Android The Good: Simple, sophisticated user interface; Syncs music, video and pictures with the DoubleTwist beta program for both PC and Mac; Desktop program imports and syncs pre-existing iTunes playlists. Plus, it's free. The Bad: No widget...


Android App Review: Radiotime Exclusive

Android App Review: Radiotime


Android The Good: Ultra-extensive terrestrial radio station and on-demand podcast selection; Intuitive menu system; A link to any station currently playing is always available at the bottom of the app menu. The Bad: A few stations are not...


Android App Review: SportsTap Exclusive

Android App Review: SportsTap


Android The Good: The icon based (iPhone-style) sport/league/series selection interface is intuitive and allows a user to quickly drill-down into a particular sport/league/series. Notifications are vastly customizable to accommodate the most...









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