Android

What mobile phone should I buy?

Episode 1373

Steve from Trabuco Canyon, CA
Google Pixel and Pixel XL

It's time for Steve to upgrade his phone and he wants to know what to get. He hears that Nokia is releasing a new phone called the Six. Leo says that the new Nokia smartphones are quite nice, with a mid range price. What about the Windows Phone platform? Microsoft has pretty much given up on it and nobody is really supporting it anymore. Steve is wondering if he can put Android on his old Lumia? Leo says probably not. He should try going to XDA-Developers.com to see if it's possible.

Why do so many devices have non-replaceable batteries?

Episode 1373

Clarence from Chesapeake, VA
Nintendo Switch

Clarence is concerned about the new trend to have irreplaceable batteries in devices, like the new Nintendo Switch. Leo says that iFixIt says the battery in the Switch can be replaced with the right tool and replacement part. It's doable. But there's no user serviceable part for the battery in the iPhone. It's all glued in now. Apple will repair a battery for you, but it can't be done by the user. Clarence's battery should last around 500 complete charges. Once that happens, they are dead.

How can I find out what's draining my phone battery?

Episode 1373

Brittany from Anaheim, CA
iPhone Battery Stats

Brittany has heard that the Android phones are having battery life issues. Leo says that the iPhone 7 Plus is one of the best phones for battery life. Apple is also very aggressive about controlling apps on the phone to prevent them from running in the background. The Android phone that Brittany's boyfriend has probably has an ill behaved app that's sucking the battery power out of it. Facebook, for instance, is a battery hog.

What's a good streaming option in a rural area?

Episode 1372

Chris from Aqua Dulce, CA
Roku Express

Chris wants to cut the cord, but because he lives in a rural area, he can't get a bundled alternative. So he's looking at relying solely on internet for his TV options. What's sufficient streaming? Leo says that for 1080p, he'll need 15-20 Mbps down. If he wants 4K, he'll need at least 50Mbps. Sling TV is a good live streaming option, but Leo's favorite is PlayStation Vue. Both will give him local live channels.

How can I open my phone without losing data from a password lock?

Vic from Glendale CA

Episode 1372

Vic recently lost his son and he is trying to get into his computer and accounts, but only he had the passwords. Leo says that LastPass has a feature that will enable survivors to gain access to the data. The cellphone may be a more difficult proposal, though. The dangerous thing is that there is a setting in both Android and iOS that could erase the phone if he fails 10 times to open it up.

How can I update my Nexus 6?

Episode 1371

Mike from St. Cloud, MN
Google Nexus 6

Mike has a Google Nexus 6 that isn't updating. He's tried to get Nougat on it, but it won't update. Leo says that the Nexus 6 may not be getting updates anymore, especially through Verizon. Leo says he may have to root the phone to get it updated. Google didn't offer a major update to the Nexus 6, and the security update for March was pulled because it broke Android Pay. They do plan to update to version 7 soon.

Is my Android phone secure?

Episode 1370

John from Menifee, CA
Android

John recently switched to the Android platform. He's liking it, but there are a lot of differences. Is it secure? Leo says that it is, but it is open source. He doesn't need an antivirus for his phone, but it's important to keep the phone updated. John should make sure his manufacturer and carrier is consistently making updates every month. Apple doesn't have that issue because Apple users always get the latest updates pushed to their phones with no middlemen. Android isn't that way, so some updates will be delayed by the manufacturer and some by the carrier.

Should I wait for the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus?

Richard from Poway, CA

Episode 1369

Richard has Verizon and his wife is looking at the new Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. Should they wait for the S8 edge/plus? Leo says it'll be announced March 29th and be available for a few weeks after that. But the reality is, it's probably not going to be worth waiting for. The benefit is that it'll drop the price of the S7 considerably. The edge is pretty on those phones but with a lot of glass, you'll need a good case for it.