Android

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.

Are the apps the same on Android as on iPhone?

Episode 1119

Lou from Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Android

Lou is looking to get an Android phone, but he's concerned that it won't have the same apps as the iPhone. Leo says most apps are developed for both these days and Leo says that Lou should get his apps from the Google Play Store.

Will the transition from iPhone to Android be difficult? Leo says no, not at all. Most apps are identical in their experience.

Will going from Android to iPhone be a difficult transition?

Episode 1120

Avi from California
Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Avi is an Android user who's looking to make the switch to the iPhone 6. What's going to be the hardest transition? Leo says that settings are a bit different. What about contacts? Leo says that since Avi is a google user, it'll all be automatic once he logs into it.

Avi will have to get the separate Google App to still use Google Now, otherwise he has to use Siri. But Leo thinks that Avi will like the iPhone.

Is there a phone large enough that could also replace my iPad?

Episode 1120

David from North Carolina
Samsung Galaxy Note 4

David wants to get rid of his iPad and go with a mobile phone large enough to do both. Leo says the time is ripe for that since the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5" screen. Is the Galaxy Note 3 bigger? Leo says no, it's the same size. But the Note 4 is a little bit larger.

Leo says that the 6 Plus is a really good choice thanks to it's 5.5" screen. But if he isn't married to the iPhone ecosystem, the Galaxy Note 4 is the right choice, especially considering he's already using the Galaxy S4 already.

Should I buy an Apple Watch?

Mike from Portland, ME

Episode 1117

Mike wonders if the Apple Watch will be obsolete in less than a year. Leo says it's probably correct. He says it looks "fiddly" and it's a solution in search of a problem. And because it's the first generation, Leo advises taking a wait and see attitude. Let someone else be the beta tester. Like Japanese schoolgirls, whom he's convinced what Apple is aiming the Apple Watch at.

How can I get the widgets back on my HTC One M8?

Episode 1116

Clark from Puerto Rico
HTC One M8

Clark just bought an HTC One M8 Android phone, and his widgets have somehow vanished. There's no widget tab. Leo says go into settings and make sure his apps and settings are backed up. Once that's done, he can to do a factory reset. But then he'll have to download all of his apps again. At least he'll have it back to normal, though.

The chatroom recommends going into the apps system settings, and go into nova launcher and clear the cache. He can even uninstall the third party Nova launcher if he doesn't like it.

How can I backup my Android Phone like iCloud?

Episode 1116

Jonathan from Hollywood, CA
Samsung Galaxy S5

Jonathan just picked up a Samsung Galaxy S5. He wants to know if Android has a backup option similar to iCloud. Leo says there's no way to backup everything, but Android will backup apps and settings, which include Wi-Fi Passwords, to his Google account. That way when he logs into his Google account with a new phone, it'll restore his apps and settings automatically.