When you install a smartphone app, there's a good chance it will come with push notifications turned on by default. For example, Facebook's Messenger app will be able to pop up a notification whenever you receive a message on the service. Depending on how many messages you receive on Facebook, this could be quite a battery drain for your phone.
Alex is thinking about buying the Amazon Fire Phone. Leo says that while he doesn't recommend it, it does have some interesting features including a MayDay feature, and 4 cameras that can track your face and keep the screen at the optimal setting. But all in all, it's more of a gimmick than a legitimately solid phone.
Chris has heard about the "Black Phone," which claims to be the most secure and private phone on the market. Leo says that it claims to prevent spying on by not sharing any GPS data. But Leo says that it's safe only if he trusts the company. Leo says the bottom line is, if he lives his life online, it's not possible to be 100% private. The specs aren't state of the art either. It has 16GB storage and a low power processor. And who's to say that it isn't really a front for the feds trying to nab people with things to hide?
Marie wants to know that if she should stay with Mac for buying an iPhone and tablet. Leo says it's a good idea, but you don't ever have to. Every smartphone and tablet will work just fine with the Mac. The iPhone will be a very good choice, however, and if Marie can wait, it would be a good idea to wait until Apple announces the new iPhone next month. The iPhone is a great phone, especially for someone who hasn't had a smartphone before. But if you're an advanced user, Leo likes Android because you can do more. The Motorola Moto X is a good one as is the HTC One.
Jason has an Android tablet running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and he's trying to know how to move his apps to his SD card. Leo says that in the latest version of Android, You can't install apps onto your SD card anymore, mostly for reliability and security. Also, SD cards are slower than the internal drive. That's why Leo recommends buying a phone with more storage and just use the SD card for data storage. And these days, a lot of phones no longer have SD cards anymore. And the reality is, as more of our data goes up to the cloud, local storage really isn't an issue anymore.
Mike has bought the new LG G3 Android phone. Leo says it's really interesting because it has an ultra HD display, which leaves the Apple Retina display in the dust. It also has a laser focus, 13 MP camera. The only thing Leo says is weird are the buttons on the back.
Sondra needs two tablets. One for browsing and email for her husband, and one for more advanced options. Leo says that you have the choice of Windows, Android, and Apple's iOS. Leo says all three work just fine, but very careful about "deals" for under $100. That's a false economy because they're woefully underpowered. You're going to want to spend at least $250-300. Leo says that a detachable bluetooth keyboard will add another $100 to the price as well. So if you need that, you're looking at $400. Android is going to be the best option for that budget. The Google Nexus 10 16GB is $400.
Don wants to know if there's a Bluetooth printer that he can use with a friend's Samsung Galaxy Tab 10 tablet. Leo says that there are, but another option from Google is Google Cloud Print, which prints from any internet connected printer anywhere in the world. So if he can get on Wi-Fi, he can print.
Tom hasn't had a cellphone in a few years and he's looking at getting the Samsung Galaxy S5. He also sees that it's waterproof. Is that true? Leo says no, it's not water "proof". It's water resistant.