iPhone

What phone and carrier should I go with for 4G service?

Chris from Riverside, CA

Episode 1027

Chris wants to go with a new phone and service (he uses Sprint) because he can't get 4G in his area. What Android device should he get?

Leo says if he's bought a lot of apps on iPhone, it may be worth just changing carriers and get the iPhone unlocked. If he can't do that, then both Android and Apple have so many apps now that he can make the switch and still get apps that he likes. Leo hates the iPhone keyboard anyway. He should choose the carrier that's best in his neighborhood.

What smartphone should I buy?

Wendy from

Episode 1024

Wendy needs to buy a new smartphone. Suggestions? Leo says that the first thing to do is look at your carrier. It impacts what phone you get because you may not have a choice of the phone you want. And Third party carriers like TING ties into Sprint. Page Plus has Verizon. Metro PCS is T-Mobile. So it's important to pay attention to coverage maps. And you won't be able to subsidize if you're not going under contract and that means full price.

How does the iPhone work with Ubuntu Linux?

Tristen from Pleasanton, CA

Episode 1022

Leo says when it comes to the iPhone, Apple has to support Windows, but it doesn't have to support Linux. Leo's not sure that even matters though, because increasingly the iPhone is designed not to be connected to a computer. Updates all happen over the air now. It's no longer tied to a desktop computer. Obviously there's no iTunes on Ubuntu for his music, which might be the biggest issue, but he can get music directly on the phone. Leo doesn't think he'll run into any major issues using an iPhone and an Ubuntu desktop computer.

How can I send email as SMS to an iPhone?

Larry from Monrovia, CA

Episode 1022

Larry has an elderly friend who has an iPhone. He would like to forward email to his phone and it's not working. Leo says that every phone offers a special address that is the phone number via email. So if he knows the carrier is, he can email him through that phone number. Usually it would be something like "10digitmobilenumber@txt.att.net" but they're all different. It'll be sent to him as a text message.

Leo's Impressions of iPhone 5S

Episode 1021

Leo got his iPhone 5s when he got home from vacation and his thumbnail review is that he loves the Touch ID authentication. It's really easy to use. He also likes that he can make purchases without having to input a password every time. TouchID will ask to rescan your fingerprint from different angles to get a more accurate impression of your print. It asks you to hold the phone differently so it can scan from side angles, which is very effective.

Does the "c" in iPhone 5c stand for "cheap"?

Episode 1019

Brian from Ashville, NC
iPhone 5c

Josh wants to know if the c in the iPhone 5c stands for 'cheap.' Leo says it really stands for "color", and is designed to appeal to price sensitive users. This phone is really an iPhone 5 made in plastic offered in different colors, and is meant to replace the iPhone 4 and 4s in the budget marketplace. It's not all that cheap, but he could get it on contract for about $99. If he wants to buy it off contract and unlocked, it's not that much less than the iPhone 5s.