Android

How can I maximize battery life in my Android phone?

David from California

Episode 1128

David got a Google Nexus 5 mobile phone and he's concerned about battery life. Leo says that's the main problem with modern mobile phones, they don't last through the day,which is why he likes phones that have removable batteries so he can switch them out. What about killing programs and tasks that are running? Leo says that today's modern phone operating systems don't require task management anymore. But you do want to avoid wake locking, where the phone can autoupdate itself or getting email or notifications. This wakes up a phone and wears down the battery.

Should I buy a tablet or a smartphone?

Teri from Apple Valley, CA

Episode 1128

Teri needs to buy a smartphone but she wonders if she can use a tablet instead. She could then use it to take notes, read eBooks, etc. Should she go iPad or Android? Leo says that a tablet isn't really the right move now since phones are getting larger. They're big enough to read books on. They can be used as a calendar. They're ideal. Oh, and they make calls. Leo says the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 may be the perfect phone for Teri. Leo says that the Galaxy Note will also tranlate handwritten text to computer text. And using Google's calendar and contacts will work great.

Leo Tests iPhone 6 and Moto X with T-Mobile in London

Episode 1124

London

In a no-holds-barred cage match of British proportions, Leo carried both the iPhone 6 and the Motorola Moto X to see how they worked in London. Since he was using T-Mobile, he got free 2G data roaming while there. And while it took a bit longer, it was data and it worked. Leo says that the Moto X has several improvements, but the iPhone 6 still has the best camera out there. Battery life is better on the iPhone 6, while he couldn't get through the day with the Moto X. But he still thinks iOS 8 has more to do to catch up with Android.

An Android update broke my fingerprint scanner! What can I do?

Episode 1122

Bob from Widby Island, WA
Samsung Galaxy S5

Bob says he got an update pushed to his Samsung Galaxy S5 and it disabled the fingerprint scanner. Leo says that the same thing happened to the iPhone. Updates often break things and Leo wonders if they even test this stuff out before they push an update. Should he just give up on the Fingerprint reader then? Leo says no, it'll be fixed soon. Apple jumped on a fix ASAP. Just be patient. Especially if people scream a lot about it.

Where can I find good reviews on tablets?

Episode 1121

Alan from West LA, CA
Google Nexus 7

Alan is trying to find a good tablet for his teenagers. Is the Lenovo Yoga a good option? And who should he trust for reviews? Leo says that Consumer Reports is trustworthy because they don't take advertising. But it also depends on the product. In some areas, they don't have the expertise and tend to review from a "normal joe" point of view. That's often the beef of audiophiles. And computer geeks have a similar complaint. Regardless of these concerns, they're worth looking at.

Is "bend gate" a real problem?

Episode 1121

Jessie from South Carolina
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Jessie says that bendgate reminds him of the HTC GFlex and it's hillarious that this is so much ado about nothing. Leo agrees, saying that this is the dark side of the internet to make folklore turn viral. And thanks to Consumer Reports who demystified the whole urban legend of Bendgate and showed that anytime you make millions of something, you're going to get a handful that are mistreated. The internet just amplifies that.

How is the Blu Vivo Android Phone?

Episode 1121

Andrew from Eerie, PA
Blu Vivo

Andrew has heard that while bengate is grabbing headlines, the HTC One M8 bends even easier than the iPhone 6. Leo says that's because both are made out of metal. It's ironic because plastic phones don't bend at much, but when they do, they can break easily. That's why most Android phones use metal trim and plastic backs. And the antenna can get better reception that way as well.