Andrew has been noticing that when he shuts down Android apps, they still appear to be running when he goes into Manage Apps. Leo says on all mobile devices, there's no need for programs to actually shut down. On modern versions of Android, iOS, and even on Windows 8.1 or RT, apps don't necessarily close. The operating system just takes care of it on its own. When the user does something else, the OS will halt the CPU for that app, reclaim the memory, and eventually close it. It will still be in the "recent apps" section, though, but that's more for the user's convenience.
Susan is looking to get a tablet that will handle ebook reading, games for the kids, and working the internet. Leo says that while you can get a cheaper Android iPad, Leo says that Susan should get an iPad. It's got great apps, is well supported, and very easy to use. It's a little more expensive, but it's worth it. But wait until Tuesday, October 22, because it's likely Apple will announce new iPads and she could save money on the previous version. 3G or Wifi?
Sam has a mobile phone and wants to download ringtones. Leo says that ringtones are a huge business and people are buying ringtones of songs they already have. 1/3 of all music revenue was from ringtones. He shouldn't have to pay again just for the ringtone. It's really easy to create a ring tone from a song he already has. It's just a music file stored in a special directory.
Securing your smartphone is simple, quick, and very important in the event that it gets left behind somewhere or stolen.
The first thing you can do is put a friend or spouse’s phone number on the lock screen of your Android or iOS device. Create an image with a simple message such as “If lost, please return to Me (212)-555-1212.” Then set that image as the lock screen. If your phone lands in the hands of a good samaritan, this will help them get the phone back to you.
Securing an iOS device
Julien is blind and he uses an Android phone. It's gotten to the point where it does just as good of a job with accessibility as the iPhone. He recommends a pure Google phone because overlays from companies like HTC get in the way of it. The Nexus phone is the best one for those needing accessibility. Leo also says the Moto-X would be good for that reason as well.
Julien is a trainer for visually impaired people using smartphones, and his website is TechJV.com.
Cliff recently bought a Motorola Moto-X for his wife. He's holding out for the Note 3. Leo says that the Galaxy Note 3 will be announced Sept 4th.
The problem is that they are an iPhone family, and text messages won't send via SMS. Leo says that to go into the person's contact entry and uncheck the box that says 'iMessage'. Then it'll go to SMS. Leo says that iMessage has a flaw that prevents it from knowing when to send a text as iMessage. Leo also says that this is part of Apple's way to keep users in the Apple ecosystem.
The second edition of Plants Vs Zombies from PopCap, a very popular iOS game, is now out. The premise of the game is to fight the zombies that are marching toward your house with various types of zombie-killing plants. It originally was a Flash game online, but when the iPad came out, it was a natural fit for it.
John wants to transfer his photos and music from his Mac to a tablet. He was thinking of getting an iPad because he already has a Mac desktop, and is concerned that it'd be more complicated to transfer his data to Android. Leo says it isn't really any more difficult to move data to a Nexus 7, and the easiest way to do it with either tablet is through Dropbox.
Chris wants to know what Leo thinks of the iPhone. Leo says he prefers Android because it has evolved much faster. Apple only releases a new model once a year.
Leo likes having the systemwide "back" button that Android provides. iPhone users are stuck with the stock keyboard, whereas Android allows for other keyboards to be installed. Android phones also have larger screens. It may be a bit prettier, but it's certainly not more functional. However, this is all Leo's opinion, and the iPhone is right for many people still.
Steve made the switch to an iPhone from his old Palm Pilot. The interface is very similar to the old Palm, but the iMessage app sometimes defaults to text message instead, charging him. Leo says that iMessage has never really worked right. There are internet only text messaging apps like Google Hangouts that he could use instead. There's also What's App, which also uses data. The addressee has to have a similar setup, though.