Mobile Phones

Can I unlock my iPhone X?

Episode 1437

Howard from Mission Viejo, CA
iPhone X

Howard is going to get an iPhone X, but can he get an unlocked one? Leo says not yet. Apple will eventually do that, but if he buys the Verizon version, a SIM from any carrier will work because they have all the radios and Verizon is under an order from the federal government to unlock all phone's LTE SIMs. It's not exactly an unlocked phone per se, but it works like one.

He should check out iMore's article: "Here's now to buy an iPhone X that's unlocked."

Should I turn off my phone's background refresh and location services to save battery life?

Episode 1437

Mike from Maine
iOS Privacy Settings

Mike just upgraded to iOS 11.1 and he's wondering if turning off Background App Refresh and Location Services will save battery life. Does it make a difference? Leo says that he would do that for privacy issues rather than battery life. It's a good idea to change it to use his location only when the app is working. Apple would let him decide both by app. Leo does recommend leaving it on for his maps app, though. Apple does a very good job of managing battery life, and in most cases, turning off all those services is a finesse he doesn't need to really hassle with.

Is the iPhone X really worth it?

Episode 1437

Patrick from Lafayette, IL
Apple iPhone X

Patrick doesn't think the iPhone X is durable enough compared to other Android phones that he says does the same thing. Leo says that the iPhone X feeds into a "tech fetish" because of its style and form over function. But it sure does work great. Leo says that Apple is a fashion company more than a tech company, but he gives credit where credit is due, and the iPhone X is a great phone. Android is more customizable, though, sure. But Android can be less secure. iOS is updated all the time, directly from Apple without any delays from manufacturer or carrier.

Leo's Bottom Line Impression of the iPhone X

Episode 1437

Apple iPhone X

Leo's bottom line impression of the iPhone X: "Wow. I didn't expect to like it!" While Apple got their OLED screens from Samsung, it was made to their exact specifications, including no burn in. And he says it's gorgeous. Leo also says the notch doesn't bother him at all. Most of the time it's invisible. Facial recognition works as advertised, but not always. Then again, it does have a backup six digit code to open it. It has an edge to edge screen that's actually smaller than the previous model, but has larger screen space since there isn't much of a bezel.

Can I use a Windows app on my iPhone?

Episode 1436

Galen from Wichita, KS
Windows 10

Galen has a customer who wants to be able to do estimates on his phone. Can he convert the program he's written to iOS? Leo says that writing a program to be portable is definitely doable, but to do it for Windows 10 is different than iOS processors. So he can't just convert it. On the other hand, we're moving in a direction that will allow him to do just that. How about a web interface? That can always be accessed from any mobile device. That would be his best bet.

Should I update my iPhone to iOS 11?

Episode 1436

Byron from Minnesota
Apple iPhone 6S Plus

Byron has the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 6S Plus. He wants to know if he'll have issues upgrading his 6S Plus to iOS 11. Leo says that there's been complaints about loss of battery life updating to iOS 11. Even Leo's wife has noticed that on her 6S Plus. Leo says that they've also put out a few patches to fix issues that crop up. He always recommends waiting at least until the third patch after a new operating system comes out. Since iOS 11.1 is the current, it's OK to go ahead and update.

Why do I need to give my apps permission?

Episode 1436

Karen from San Pedro, CA
Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Karen has a Samsung Phone and Tablet and she is getting a popup in her phone that will allow her apps access to her phone data. Leo says that Android works by requiring permission to do things as she needs them. So when she's opening an app to do something, the app is requesting access in order to do what she wants it to do. That kind of behavior is OK, but if it's out of nowhere, then she's right to be suspicious.

Why doesn't my hotspotting work?

Episode 1436

Joe from West Palm Beach, FL
ZTE Z988

Joe is having trouble with his ZTE Z988 phone and hotspotting. He keeps turning it on and after a minute, it drops. Leo says to call T-Mobile and let them know his hotspot feature isn't working, because it sounds like they haven't activated it. But it's also possible that it's not available with that phone and his new carrier. There can be some hardware limitations too. But if he's getting data anyway, then that's not it. It probably just needs activation.

Leo Gets the iPhone X, Says it Lives Up to the Hype

Episode 1436

Apple iPhone X

Leo got his iPhone X yesterday and he says that the display is stunning. It has a beautiful edge to edge OLED screen. The first thing you do is train it for facial recognition, but Leo says it doesn't recognize him yet because he's not always wearing his glasses. But when he does wear them, it reads him and is surprisingly good. It even reads in the dark and in strange lighting. You also have to look at it for it to recognize you. But occasionally, you'll have to use your passcode to get in, which Leo doesn't mind.

Is the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 a good buy?

Episode 1435

Sharise from Lancaster, CA
Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Sharise wanted to get the Samsung Galaxy Note Fan Edition because she wouldn't be able to trade in her Note 4 for the Note 8. She kept calling, and Samsung exchanged her older Note 4 so she got half off the Galaxy Note 8. Leo says it's a great phone, but Sharise wanted the blue color. Leo says to get a blue case like an Otterbox on it, and she's all set. Though Leo likes the Spigen Clear Case so it can show through.