How does Apple handle OS updates vs. Android?

Episode 1181

Seth from Irvine, CA
Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Seth is due for a new phone and is trying to decide whether to stay with the Droid or move to the iPhone. He has an iPad already. He's especially wondering how iOS updates work. Leo says that Apple controls the handset. They don't have to worry about other overlays or interfaces to pollute it. It's a pure OS experience. And it pushes out updates all at the same time to every carrier and every phone. It's great if he just wants a smart phone that just works.

Hands On with the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Episode 1177

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge has the highest resolution screen on the market and easily the best camera he's ever used. Leo says it's beautiful. But the battery life isn't all that great (about 9-12 hours) because of the high resolution. Since it doesn't have the ability to swap out the battery, you'll need to get the quick charge accessory which will give you half of a charge within a half hour.

Should I buy the Samsung Galaxy S6?

Episode 1175

George from Battleground, WA
Samsung Galaxy S6

George is thinking about upgrading to the Samsung Galaxy S6. Leo says he's ordered it and it's coming this week. He ordered the 'Edge' version. Most reviews says that the non-edge model is just as good and it's really elegant. Leo says that the battery life is believed to be inconsistent though. From what people have said, one day they can barely get through the day, the next they won't at all. And the worst part is that Samsung doesn't allow for removing the battery. It doesn't have an SD card slot either, so George should get the largest storage option he can afford.

Why is my Acer Iconia tablet freezing up?

Episode 1173

Brent from Hamburg, PA
Acer Iconia Tablet

Brent has an Acer Iconia tablet and it's starting to freeze up when watching movies. Leo says if you can update it to the latest version of Android, that would be a good idea. Another idea would be to go into backup/reset settings and restore it to the original settings. Sometimes that helps with issues by starting from scratch. Just make sure you have enough space. Clear out the cache.

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.