The Giz Wiz's Gadget of the week is the BuQuTech Magnetyze Charger - it uses magnetism to charge your phone. It's a two piece setup - case and magnetic charger. You use their case and then when ready to charge, you just place the phone onto the charger plate. You can even rotate it because the magnet keeps the connection. The kit comes with a magnetic charging cable for use in the office or on the go.
Greg wishes that Apple would've gone with a larger screen and he's now thinking of getting rid of his iPhone in favor of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy SIV. Leo says that it probably won't be out until April at the earliest - it hasn't even been announced yet (March 15). Another option is the HTC One.
What about making the transition? Are there apps for podcasting? Leo says that there are great third party apps for podcasting - including DoggCatcher (Android) and InstaCast (iPhone). The chatroom recommends PocketCast (Android), Downcast (iOS).
Chris Marquardt wants to dispel the myth that you need special equipment to shoot a picture of lightning. Not so! You can even shoot lightning with an iPhone if you're timing is right. The trick is to put your camera on a tripod, set it for a LONG exposure (10-20 seconds), aperture 5.6, iso 400. Focus to infinity and shoot. Then just keep doing that until you get a lightning show.
Richard is blind and wants a smartphone, and is wondering whether to go Android or iPhone. Leo says that several of his blind listeners say that there is no better smartphone than the iPhone for accessibility. Most carriers will have the iPhone 3GS for free, the iPhone 4 and 4S for around $50, and the latest and greatest for about $199 with a two year contract.
Greg likes to download videos and store them on the iPad so he can view them when an internet signal isn't available. How can he download and save them directly on the new iPad?
Leo says that the trend is towards streaming these days, thanks to Hollywood's paranoia. There are ways to do this, though. The easiest is to rip the movie to a computer and use iTunes to sync it over.
Devin is a fitness trainer and wants to improve his marketing presence by doing videos, social media, etc. Leo says that having Facebook accounts are a good idea, but he doesn't own it, so he should always have a separate website. He should also have content that's useful to his clients. Shooting video at expos, posting on youtube, and embedding them to his website is a good idea, too.
Steve bought an HTC Evo 4G with Virgin Mobile and he's having trouble with text messaging through Facebook. When his friend responds, it goes to his iPad, not his phone. Leo says that's probably because they're responding via iMessage. He'll have to delete his phone number from Facebook and then re-register the new one, even if it's the same number.
The iPhone is still a great first smartphone because it has an easier learning curve. The keyboard is a bit smaller, though.
Leo prefers Android because he likes to have a bigger screen, choice of keyboard, and the option to change his battery. These, and other options, the iPhone doesn't offer. Android is a bit advanced for a beginner, but if she wants these options, then it may be the best way to go. Leo recommends going to the Verizon store (since that's her carrier) and trying them. That will help her decide what would be best for her.
Annette bought a new iPhone 5 and she can't send pics to her friends running Android through text messages. Leo says that since Annette is using an iPhone on T-Mobile, the phone isn't configured right for iMessages, is getting confused and won't default to MMS. Here's a technote from T-Mobile. There's also a youtube video that will walk her through it called How To Fix MMS on iOS 6/6.0.1 iPhone 5/4S/4/3Gs Tmobile.
Pronav bought an iPhone 5 on Sprint, but hears that Verizon iPhone’s comes unlocked. Would the Sprint iPhone 5 be unlocked as well, since it’s the same phone? Leo says no. Verizon chose on their own to unlock the iPhones that come through them. Leo believes that going forward, this will likely become the norm though. Will he be able to use his Sprint phone on another service when his contract is over? An eager rep at Verizon may be able to do it by unlocking it with software.