Cathy would like to get a Samsung Galaxy Note II, but a website she uses must be accessed through Internet Explorer 7. Leo says that's stupid and he hates when a restriction like that is put in place.
Android phones backup a lot of stuff automatically through Google. GPlus will also do automatic backups as he takes pictures. He can also use Dropbox with their app.
Chris got an Epson Workforce printer, but the iPrint app for printing from mobile devices does not work with his Android phone. It wants to send it to Google Docs as a PDF, but it won't print. Leo says that's not very helpful, and thinks that Google's CloudPrint may be a good solution.
Noises usually indicate a failing hard drive and that's an easy thing to replace. Yvonne can just backup her data, swap out the drive and then reinstall her OS and programs. There's no need to go to the expense of a new computer if that's all it is.
Phil's daughter got a Samsung Galaxy Player for Christmas and is having trouble texting her friends on iPhones. Leo says that's because Apple's iPod Touch only uses iMessage. She can use third party apps that will cross the format divide. Check out What'sApp. There's also Kik (but not for younger kids).
Kyle is moving to Android and would like an alternative to iTunes. There are a few he can consider:
- Media Monkey
This is Leo's favorite. It does everything that iTunes does in Windows.
This has a nice WiFi sync feature. The chatroom says it even will preserve star ratings from iTunes. Since Kyle doesn't have to remove iTunes to try this, he could try it out and see if it gives him what he needs.
Gary has been using Google Sync with Microsoft Outlook and his Android phone, but it's no longer working. What are his alternatives? Leo says that Google is now charging for the privilege to use Google Sync, and that's too bad. Free users won't get to sync anymore to Outlook. He can pay $5 a month for the capability, but he'd rather not do that.
No. A built-in radio uses the headphones as an antenna. He's thinking about upgrading to a Galaxy Note II, but is wondering if that has an FM radio in it. Leo says no, but there are some smart phones that have it.
He's also wondering about using a MiFi to reduce his data costs with a smart phone. Leo says it would be cheaper to just use the data with the Galaxy Note II, but the MiFi would be a handy thing to have for Wi-Fi only devices. The MiFi requires a monthly plan similar to smart phones though as well.