Michael is looking for a new phone but he really doesn't know if he can trust the reviews. Leo says that the mobile phone is a personal choice, and it's hard to give a blanket review of what phone is best. It largely comes down to what he's looking for. Leo says he hasn't really tried many of the phones Michael is looking at because they are the basic, low cost phones, not the flagship phones. But since Michael doesn't need or want to spend much, and he just wants a basic phone that does a bit of internet access, there are plenty out there.
At the Build 2015 conference, Microsoft announced that developers will be able to write an app for Windows 10 that will work on all platforms, including the desktop and phone. And in a last ditch effort to save the Windows Phone platform, Microsoft has begun offering support to mobile app developers to port their programs from iOS or Android to run on it. Candy Crush and Cut the Rope have recently announced Windows Phone versions.
Carol is ready to upgrade her phone and she wants one that will work with her Chromebook. She started with Android but then made the switch to the iPhone. She's thinking about moving back to the Android platform because she can unlock her Chromebook with an Android phone with Android 5.0 Lollipop.
The Google Nexus 6 would be a good choice, as is the Samsung Galaxy S6. The OnePlus One is also good. She thought about getting the iPhone 6 Plus, but she thinks the iPhone has kinda slowed down. Leo agrees. Android has started to surpass the iPhone in features and power.
Jeff has a Samsung Galaxy S4 and he's having issues with his microSD cards, where his images have disappeared. He's looked online and it sounds like it's a widespread issue. He tried to download them from his computer, but it wants to format the card. Leo says that it sounds like the SD card is corrupted. Leo has never had the issue. But with millions of phones made, they're bound to have a certain small percentage of users who have any particular issue.
Seth is due for a new phone and is trying to decide whether to stay with the Droid or move to the iPhone. He has an iPad already. He's especially wondering how iOS updates work. Leo says that Apple controls the handset. They don't have to worry about other overlays or interfaces to pollute it. It's a pure OS experience. And it pushes out updates all at the same time to every carrier and every phone. It's great if he just wants a smart phone that just works.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge has the highest resolution screen on the market and easily the best camera he's ever used. Leo says it's beautiful. But the battery life isn't all that great (about 9-12 hours) because of the high resolution. Since it doesn't have the ability to swap out the battery, you'll need to get the quick charge accessory which will give you half of a charge within a half hour.
Albert wants to get Adobe Flash on his Motorola Moto X. Leo says that Adobe has stopped making mobile Flash and everyone is moving away from it because it's big, bad and buggy. HTML5 is a much better option.
George is thinking about upgrading to the Samsung Galaxy S6. Leo says he's ordered it and it's coming this week. He ordered the 'Edge' version. Most reviews says that the non-edge model is just as good and it's really elegant. Leo says that the battery life is believed to be inconsistent though. From what people have said, one day they can barely get through the day, the next they won't at all. And the worst part is that Samsung doesn't allow for removing the battery. It doesn't have an SD card slot either, so George should get the largest storage option he can afford.
Brent has an Acer Iconia tablet and it's starting to freeze up when watching movies. Leo says if you can update it to the latest version of Android, that would be a good idea. Another idea would be to go into backup/reset settings and restore it to the original settings. Sometimes that helps with issues by starting from scratch. Just make sure you have enough space. Clear out the cache.
Marsha would like to sync Outlook with Google Calendar so she can sync with her Android phone. Leo says that Google used to have AppSync, but they discontinued it. There are third party apps Marsha could use though: