Android

Should I buy the HTC Ultra?

Episode 1383

Ryan from Anaheim, CA
HTC Ultra

Ryan has an iPhone 7 and he's thinking of getting an HTC Ultra. Worth it? Leo says that he doesn't think so. HTC made great phones for years with great speakers and long battery life. But lately, they've been courting the low cost Asian market with tinny speakers and awful battery life.

If Ryan wants a good Android phone, the new Samsung Galaxy S8 or LG G6 is worth getting because of it's bezel-less design. He'll get a larger screen without having to carry a larger phone.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Review

Episode 1382

Samsung Galaxy S8

Leo got the Samsung Galaxy S8 this week and it has a 6.2" screen, but it's a bit weird because of its aspect ratio. Like the iPhone 5 which had a tall, narrow screen, the S8 is doing the same thing to make it tall and larger without being wider. The edge is more aesthetic and has less usable area as before. It is "bezel-less" now, so the image goes edge to edge making it look larger without being wider. It's not the same camera as the S7 – it's extremely nice with an upgraded sensor.

Why does my mobile phone screen turn black when I get a call?

Episode 1381

Marty from Los Angeles, CA
Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Marty has a Samsung Note 4 that goes to a blank screen when he's on calls. Then he has to touch the power button to turn it back on. Leo says that there is a proximity sensor that turns off the screen when you put it up to your ear. That way your cheek doesn't hit any buttons on the screen. So it sounds like that sensor is a bit out of wack.

Marty could try resetting his phone, but if that doesn't fix it, it would be a hardware issue and that means either getting a new phone, repairing it, or living with it.

How can I add pages to my Android phone?

Episode 1377

William from Costa Mesa, CA
Motorola G5 Plus

William bought a Motorola G5 Plus and all his windows have vanished. Leo says that in the new version of Android, they got rid of the app drawer button. If he looks in the app dock at the bottom, he'll see a series of ellipses. If he touches that, it'll bring up his app drawer with all of his installed apps in it. The launcher also has pages and he can have as many pages as he wants. He should go into the launcher settings. Or he can squeeze the screen and add pages to the right there.

Should I buy the Google Pixel or the Huawei Honor 8?

Episode 1375

Lee from Minnesota
Huawei Honor 8

Lee is looking at buying either the new Google Pixel or the Honor 8. Leo likes the Honor 8, but his ultimate choice is the Google Pixel. Though the Huawei Honor 8 is half the price and has nice hardware, camera and a big screen, the manufacturer hasn't committed to push Google security updates directly to the phone with immediate effect. They promise to update "in a timely manner," but what does that really mean? Google does, obviously.

How can I find out what devices connect to a router?

Episode 1374

Isaac from Los Angeles, CA
WiFi Pineapple

Isaac is a cop and wants to know if routers collect data of what connects to it or sees it. Leo says only if the device was connected to that router. Just seeing it is another matter, and that's unlikely. Android has an app called WiFi Collector from NirSoft, but that's the opposite direction from what Isaak wants. Leo says that the WiFi Pineapple from HakShop could work for this.

What Android phone should I buy?

Episode 1374

Jenny from San Diego, CA
Google Pixel

Jenny is ready to upgrade her phone on Verizon. She's been thinking about the Google Pixel. Leo says without a doubt, it's the best phone on the market. The hardware is superb, and the camera is one of the best. It's pure Google and they update it faster than any other phone on the market. That makes it very secure. However, they're not only expensive, but they're also in high demand.

Does the Blackberry Passport have a future?

Episode 1374

Brian from Orange County, CA
Blackberry Passport

Brian picked up the new Blackberry Passport Silver Edition off eBay and he loves it. He says the speakers are great and the keyboard allows him to scroll. Leo says it's a great phone. He can even (sort of) run Android APKs. Leo's fears though is that being that it's Blackberry 10, there will be no more updates for it, since Blackberry has moved to Android. It also has little ecosystem other than a few sparse Android apps that had been ported over.