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The Benefit of the Doud podcast is the intersection of technology, geekery, and all things nerdy. We cover all the top news of the week, plus we go deeper into topics that are important or relevant to you. We interview notable leaders in the industry. It's fun, funny, never too serious, and it keeps you up connected to all the important tech news of the day.
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It's a Tablet-Palooza!

It's a Tablet-Palooza!

2020-07-0528:201

In this shortened vacation week of the Benefit of the Doud podcast, we have two segments and we're talking all about tablets. First up, we have a comparison of the Lenovo Duet versus the iPad (7th generation). It's a very close competition between the two with each surpassing the other in different categories. Who is the overall winner?  Next, we have out full review of the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8 Plus and the big question is, who is this tablet for? We have an answer for you! No news this week, but full text reviews and links to the tablets are at benefitofthedoud.com Special thanks to Lenovo for supplying the Duet for review. No editorial oversight nor payment was exchanged. iPad and Kindle Fire were purchased for review. Subscribe to the show! Support the show! Read more! Twitter - @Benefitofdoud Instagram - @BenefitoftheDoud Benefit of the Doud is written and hosted by:Adam Doud - @DeadTechology Co-produced by:Clifton M. Thomas - @cliftonmthomas
Apple nailed the presentation at WWDC, giving watchers a whole new keynote experience, which we frankly hope to see again. There's so much going on with iOS, macOS, watchOS, and so much more.  Apple played catch up in a big way as compared to its competitor Android. But it brought a lot of new to the table as well. Join us as we wrap up everything at WWDC and more! Plus, we're shaking up the Patreon a little bit.  Details on the podcast. Changes taking place on July 1. Links to News of the week available at benefitofthedoud.com Subscribe to the show! Support the show! Read more! Twitter - @Benefitofdoud Instagram - @BenefitoftheDoud Benefit of the Doud is written and hosted by: Adam Doud - @DeadTechology Co-produced by:Clifton M. Thomas - @cliftonmthomas
Rene Ritchie has been a fan of and journalist covering Apple for longer than I've been in this industry.  When it comes to all things Apple from Macs to iPhones, Rene is the guy.  So with WWDC coming next week, I invited him onto the show to talk about the State of iOS and Apple in 2020, and we had a good long conversation. What's the difference between Jobs Apple and Cook Apple? What's the deal with iPad OS? Why is the Apple Watch so good? Also, this week we have a new entry into Tech Yeah! Introducing the RAVPower 20,000 mAh battery pack, with AC outlet! Links to News of the week available at benefitofthedoud.com. Patreon bonus for this episode: ~10 minutes of additional interview audio. Special thanks to: Subscribe to the show! Support the show! Read more! Twitter - @Benefitofdoud Instagram - @BenefitoftheDoud Benefit of the Doud is written and hosted by:Adam Doud - @DeadTechology Co-produced by:Clifton M. Thomas - @cliftonmthomas
TCL is making a big strong push into the mobile space with its own brand of smartphones with the TCL 10 Pro and TCL 10L. But, TCL is also a kind of fascinating company, so I invited Brad Molen and Jason Gerdon to talk about TCL, TCL branded phones, 5G and foldables.  It was a great conversation with two awesome guys I've known for years. Links to News of the week available at benefitofthedoud.com Patreon bonus for this episode: ~15 minutes of bonus audio Special thanks to:Jason Gerdon - @JGfromOC Global Strategic Communications Leader, TCL Communication Brad Molen - @phonewisdom Senior Manager, Communications, TCL Communication Subscribe to the show! Support the show! Read more! Twitter - @Benefitofdoud Instagram - @BenefitoftheDoud Benefit of the Doud is written and hosted by:Adam Doud - @DeadTechology Co-produced by:Clifton M. Thomas - @cliftonmthomas
This week, I sat down to talk with a really unique creator in the technology space. Devin, a.k.a. CKID has been making videos since 2016, but he only recently came to my attention by way of a Waymo video featuring self-driving taxis. Devin gets into his background growing up, his music, and the gear he uses to shoot his videos. So check out his channel and subscribe for some great tech content with a unique twist! Links to News of the week available at benefitofthedoud.com Patreon bonus for this episode: ~15 minutes of bonus audio in the full interview. Special thanks to:Devin a.k.a. CKID - @CKIDTech Subscribe to his channel! Subscribe to the show! Support the show! Read more! Twitter - @Benefitofdoud Instagram - @BenefitoftheDoud Benefit of the Doud is written and hosted by:Adam Doud - @DeadTechology Co-produced by:Clifton M. Thomas - @cliftonmthomas
This week we are joined by Daniel Bader. He is the managing editor of Android Central and he’s Canadian which means he can buy a Huawei phone if he wants to. So he tested the Huawei P40 Pro and it's a gorgeous phone. But the P40 Pro does not support Google services and I wanted to find out what that was like. Can you use this phone as a daily driver, without the Google experience? Find out here! Links to News of the week available at benefitofthedoud.com Patreon bonus for this episode: ~12 minutes of audio Special thanks to:Daniel Bader Managing Editor, Android Central Host, Android Central Podcast Check out Android Central's coverage of Android 11! Subscribe to the show! Support the show! Read more! Twitter - @Benefitofdoud Instagram - @BenefitoftheDoud Benefit of the Doud is written and hosted by:Adam Doud - @DeadTechology Co-produced by:Clifton M. Thomas - @cliftonmthomas
Join us as we review to TCL 10 Pro and TCL 10L. Clifton M. Thomas tackles TCL's first self-branded budget phone, while Adam handles the midrange offering. What do TCL's first smartphones bring to the table? It's all about those little extras. There are a lot of them! Hear about it now on the podcast, or read about them at Benefitofthedoud.com. Links to news of the week available at benefitofthedoud.com Special thanks to: TCL for providing review units. TCL was not given any editorial oversight in our reviews. Subscribe to the show! Support the show! Read more! Twitter - @Benefitofdoud Instagram - @BenefitoftheDoud Benefit of the Doud is written and hosted by:Adam Doud - @DeadTechology Co-produced by:Clifton M. Thomas - @cliftonmthomas
Apple's little budget powerhouse is in our hands and we're telling you what we think.  Did Apple hit the home run that we all think it did, or will there be hurdles that we can't quite get past?  Just who is this little phone for?  That's what we set to find out, and we've got it all.  Plus we have a new segment called the podcast pick and we're featuring the Brydge 10.2 keyboard.  Spoiler alert - it's amazing.   Links to news of the week available at benefitofthedoud.com Patreon bonus for this episode: Apple Car Play vs Android Auto! Subscribe to the show! Support the show! Read more! Twitter - @Benefitofdoud Instagram - @BenefitoftheDoud Benefit of the Doud is written and hosted by:Adam Doud - @DeadTechology Co-produced by:Clifton M. Thomas - @cliftonmthomas
This week was supposed to be the week of Google I/O and while we're sure there will be announcements surrounding the Android community, there is no official event. At all. The hell? Well that's ok, because we sat down with Jason Howell and Flo Ion from All About Android to talk about the State of Android in 2020.  Where did it come from, where is it now, and where is it going? All that and more on the Benefit of the Doud podcast! Links to news of the week can be found in the show notes on benefitofthedoud.com Patreon bonus for this episode: ~15 minutes of bonus audio from the All About Android interview. Special thanks to: Jason Howell - @JasonHowell Flo Ion - @OhThatFlo Hosts, All About Android - @AndroidShow Subscribe to the show! Support the show! Read more! Twitter - @Benefitofdoud Instagram - @BenefitoftheDoud Benefit of the Doud is written and hosted by:Adam Doud - @DeadTechology Co-produced by:Clifton M. Thomas - @cliftonmthomas
This week, DJI released the DJI Mavic Air 2 which is a great upgrade over the original DJI Mavic Air from three years ago.  Jonathan Feist, Managing Editor at DroneRush walks us through the improvements on this drone including a 48 MP camera, a whopping 34 minutes of flight time, and Occusync 2.0!  Plus, we stroll away from DJI to get some great drone recommendations for those looking to get into the hobby. Links to those are available in the show notes! News of the week available in the show notes at BenefitoftheDoud.com Patreon bonus for this episode: ~15 minutes of bonus audio with Jonathan Feist Special thanks to:Jonathan Feist Managing EditorDronerush.com Subscribe to the show! Support the show! Read more! Twitter - @Benefitofdoud Instagram - @BenefitoftheDoud Benefit of the Doud is written and hosted by:Adam Doud - @DeadTechology Co-produced by:Clifton M. Thomas - @CliftonMThomas
Nick Gray is the Editor in Chief at Phandroid, but for our discussion today, we're drawing upon his other expertise - being a digital nomad. The life of a digital nomad is filled with adventure and pitfalls, so we look at the life of a digital nomad and to whom it would appeal. Plus we have our usual news of the week. News links available at benefitofthedoud.com Patreon bonus for this episode: ~15 minutes of bonus audio Special thanks to:Nick Gray EIC - Phandroid.com Subscribe to the show! Support the show! Read more! Twitter - @Benefitofdoud Instagram - @BenefitoftheDoud Benefit of the Doud is written and hosted by:Adam Doud - @DeadTechology
OnePlus released two of the most anticipated smartphones of the year this week - the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro. We didn't get a device in to review for ourselves, so instead we took a tour around the internet to some of the best reviewers on the internet for our Review Roundup. Plus, we take a moment to look at the gear we use to make this podcast.  News of the week available at benefitofthedoud.com.   Subscribe to the show! Support the show! Become a patronRead more! Twitter - @Benefitofdoud Instagram - @BenefitoftheDoud Benefit of the Doud is written, produced and hosted by: Adam Doud - @DeadTechology
Our LG V60 ThinQ review is in. We've been using the LG V60 for 3 weeks and it's time to share our thoughts. Not surprisingly, the review is largely about the dual screen accessory that you can get with it. Is this a foldable competitor? Is it something else? Find out in our full review of the LG V60 ThinQ 5G! Links to the news of the week found at www.benefitofthedoud.com Patreon Bonus of the show:Photo samples in the Discord channel Subscribe to the show! Support the show! Read more! Twitter - @Benefitofdoud Instagram - @BenefitoftheDoud Benefit of the Doud is written and hosted by:Adam Doud - @DeadTechology
This week, we're taking a look at smartwatches, and we have Jimmy Westenberg from Android Authority to tell us all about them. From Apple to Google, from Garmin to Fitbit, there's a ton going on out there, and Jimmy breaks it all down for us.  Who's doing it the best? Who needs to catch up...a lot? All that and more as we break down the State of Smartwatches in 2020. Visit benefitofthedoud.com for links from the news of the week Patreon bonus for this episode: ~15 minutes of bonus audio from the Jimmy Westenberg interview Special thanks to:Jimmy Westenberg - @jimmywestenberg Android Authority Subscribe to the show! Support the show! Read more! Twitter - @Benefitofdoud Instagram - @BenefitoftheDoud Benefit of the Doud is written and hosted by:Adam Doud - @DeadTechology Co-Produced by:Clifton M. Thomas - @cliftonmthomas
Half-Life: Alyx is touted to be one of the best VR experiences on the planet. It lives in a world of Vader: Immortal, Star Trek Bridge Crew, and Beat Saber, so does it top all of them? We look at that in our top story - a Half-Life:Alyx review roundup, and we call on VR reviewer Nick Sutrich to give us the first person information. Plus, we add a new segment, the first of many How Bad Could It Be reviews with Clifton M. Thomas.  Plus, as always, we have the news of the week, so won't you join us? Get links to the news of the week at benefitofthedoud.com! How bad could it be?EarFun Free Bluetooth 5.0 Earbuds Patreon bonus for this episode:~ 5 minutes of bonus audio of Nick Sutrich interview Special thanks to:Nick Sutrich - @gwanatu Subscribe to the show! Support the show! Read more! Twitter - @Benefitofdoud Instagram - @BenefitoftheDoud Benefit of the Doud is written and hosted by:Adam Doud - @DeadTechology Co-Produced by:Clifton M. Thomas - @cliftonmthomas
Reviewing is hard, and we want to learn how to do it better, so for this first edition of the Reviewer's Notebook, we have David Imel, chief reviewer and manager of YouTube at Android Authority. David goes through his philosophy of reviewing phones and breaks down his process. Plus he shares some insight on the nuts and bolts of reviewing - how to test, how to shoot, and more. Plus we have our top news of the week, so come along for the ride! OnePlus 7T review: The best mid-range on the market? Check out benefitofthedoud.com for links to our news of the week! Patreon bonus for this episode: Full David Imel interview ~10 minutes of bonus audio! Special thanks to:David Imel - @DurvidImel Android Authority Subscribe to the show! Support the show! Read more! Twitter - @Benefitofdoud Instagram - @BenefitoftheDoud Benefit of the Doud is written and hosted by:Adam Doud - @DeadTechology Co-Produced by:Clifton M. Thomas - @cliftonmthomas
Escape with SwanVR

Escape with SwanVR

2020-03-2937:431

Two years ago, SwanVR stepped into a viral video and set me on a course to become an Oculus Quest owner. I sat down with Swan to talk about that video, its impact on the VR space, and what she's doing these days. As it turns out, she's globe trotting, bringing joy and VR to the masses and working for Andromeda Entertainment. What's Andromeda's next title? What the hell is flowstate? Find out that and more in this week's podcast.  Flow, baby. Flow.  News of the week links available on benefitofthedoud.com! Patreon bonus for this episode:Full interview with SwanVR ~10 extra minutes of audio Special thanks to:SwanVR - @SwanVR Andromeda Entertainment Subscribe to the show! Support the show! Read more! Twitter - @Benefitofdoud Instagram - @BenefitoftheDoud Benefit of the Doud is written and hosted by:Adam Doud - @DeadTechology Co-Produced by:Clifton M. Thomas - @cliftonmthomas
In the few short weeks we've seen in 2020 so far every major tech conference has been cancelled, and there's just one culprit. That's right, it's the admittedly SEO-friendly Coronavirus/COVID-19. With all of us safely shackled, er I mean sheltered in place, I take a look at coronavirus and just how this has already impacted our lives in tech, and how it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Plus, as always, we have the news of the week, so won't you please join me? H/T to The Week in Tech: Coronavirus Disrupts the Industry by Mike Isaacs Don't forget to visit benefitofthedoud.com to get links to all the news of the week Subscribe to the show! Support the show! Read more! Twitter - @Benefitofdoud Instagram - @BenefitoftheDoud Benefit of the Doud is written and hosted by:Adam Doud - @DeadTechology Co-Produced by:Clifton M. Thomas - @cliftonmthomas  
It's a double-feature for my debut episode of the podcast. First, we take a look at the Samsung Gaalxy S20 Ultra in the review roundup. What are the reviewers saying about Samsung's latest beast? Plus, we sit down with Michael Fisher, a.k.a. The Mr. Mobile stops by to discuss foldables, how we got here, and their future. Are they the next big thing? Are they a flash in the pan? Find out in the first ever episode of the Benefit of the Doud podcast! Check out benefitofthedoud.com for links to all news stories and reviews in this episode! Patreon bonus for this episode:Full length Michael Fisher interview ~10 minutes of additional audio. Special thanks to:Michael Fisher - @TheMrMobile MrMobile.tech Subscribe to the show! Support the show! Read more! Twitter - @Benefitofdoud Instagram - @BenefitoftheDoud Benefit of the Doud is written and hosted by:Adam Doud - @DeadTechology Co-Produced by:Clifton M. Thomas - @cliftonmthomas
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