Android

Should I buy another HTC One or something else?

Episode 1170

Jonathan from Los Angeles, CA
Samsung Galaxy Note IV

Jonathan's HTC One M8 died yesterday after he dropped it and he's looking to replace it. Leo says that the mistake of mobile phone makers today is that they make phones all glass now, making them really easy to break if dropped. Should he get another M8?

Leo says that the M8 has great battery life, but why not get the next generation, the M9, when it comes out later this month? If he needs one right now, it's a great time to buy a phone as people are selling their phones used.

What should I get for my next smartphone?

Episode 1168

Jacob from Louisianna
Droid Turbo

Jacob gets to upgrade his phone this month. He's thinking of the Droid Turbo on Verizon. Leo says he has one. It has a huge battery, but it's a bit chubby. Since it has a high resolution screen, it actually still deals with battery life issues. There are new phones coming, though, including the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the third generation HTC One. Jacob doesn't like TouchWiz at all, which is why he prefers Motorola.

Should I have antivirus software for my tablet?

Episode 1166

Ray from Van Nuys, CA
LookOut

Ray is concerned with security on his tablet, and is wondering if he should have antivirus for it. Leo says that mobile devices are designed in an era where malware is a serious threat, so these newer operating systems are inherently safer because they tend to be sandboxed. If he still wants some added protection, LookOut is a very good antivirus app. That being said, Leo doesn't use an antivirus program.

Should I root my new Galaxy Note 4?

Episode 1166

Carlos from Hemmit, CA
Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Carlos upgraded his Samsung Galaxy S5 from Sprint to the Galaxy Note 4 with Verizon. But it comes with a lot of stuff he doesn't like. Leo says that Carlos can root it, but that requires unlocking the boot loader which involves a risk of bricking the phone. Carriers don't like it because it's a workaround for how they want him to use the phone, like tethering at no cost.

How can I load an Android program onto my PC?

Dwayne from Aurora, CO

Episode 1163

Dwayne misses the days of having an actual user manual. Leo says those days are long gone. Everything is to be found online. Dwayne also says there's an app for Android he wants to put on his computer. Is that dangerous?

Leo says that Android is safe because it's largely an emulator that runs programs, so it's easy to run Virtual Machine, or Bluestacks and run it. But it's a bit disappointing because emulators don't use the Google store, so the availability of apps is limited. He could sideload the .APK file, though.