Sergio wants to know what the best app is to record and transcribe ideas through his iPhone. Nuance does computer transcription, but Amazon's Mechanical Turk is human based, and he would pay for them to do it. Humans do a better job with accuracy and Mechanical Turk does a great job of transcribing with multiple users and then comparing them for greater accuracy.
Tony's daughter wants a car stereo that will connect to her iPhone. Leo says that he can buy a new head end stereo, but it may be easier to just get a cassette adapter that will use the existing car stereo. He could also get an FM radio transmitter, but in the city, there's just too much congestion on the radio dial for that.
Laurie has a client who has mobility issues and would like a voice activated smartphone. Leo says that both the iPhone and Android have voice activated dictation. The iPhone has Siri, which could be a great help to her client. So the iPhone may be the best solution. However, Google has also added voice activation to their Google App as well. So her client would get the best of both worlds with the iPhone.
Matt dropped his phone, shattering the screen, and he just got it. Leo says that there's a slight chance if he goes to Apple, they may replace it if he's really nice. If they want to charge him $230 for a replacement, then he recommends waiting until parts are available and fixing it himself. Leo recommends going to iFixit.com. They sell the repair kits and they'll have it before anyone else.
The key is to switch over to other third party programs for syncing data. Here are some alternatives to Apple services that will work on Android phones:
- Google Contacts & Calendars
If he uses Google for contacts and calendars, he'll be able to sync this across all of his devices. This works with both iOS and Android devices.
Jason agrees with Leo that the iPhone screen is just too small and he decided to switch to the Samsung Galaxy SIII. He really likes it, but the Android operating system isn't quite as polished. iOS is smoother. For example, turn by turn navigation talks over him while he's on the phone. Leo thinks this is a fair criticism.
Yesterday, Leo said after three weeks of using the new iPhone 5, he just can't recommend it anymore. With it's extremely fragile design, small screen, the lack of important apps like Google Maps and it's Zagat integration, poor battery life and more, the iPhone has left him wanting. Lisa has just had it with the shortcomings as well, leaving her to take it back. Leo was surprised by how many people tweeted him to say they agree and are taking them back as well.
Leo says that's because states want the full tax since she's really buying the phone at full price, just amortized over time. Every state law is different, too. Leo says there used to be a way around this with Amazon, but they're collecting sales tax now.
Richard's daughter got the iPhone 5 and she's not impressed. Leo says that iPhone 5's only real advantages are 4G/LTE access and the slightly larger screen. If that's not important to her, then keeping her existing iPhone 4S is just fine as users should be in no hurry to upgrade just for that. Also, the 9 pin Lightning connector requires users to invest again in third party sync and charging options. Leo says that at least Apple could've done was subsidize part of the re-investment.