Mobile Phones

Should I buy the Motorola Moto X?

Episode 1425

Mike from Demoines, IA
Motorola Moto X4

Michael is a Google Fi user and he's hearing about the Motorola Moto X4. When is it going to be out? Rich says it'll be out before the holidays, and Rich loves the Moto X. It's a great phone line. It features Pure Android, and a fingerprint reader on the front. It's easy to use, has dual cameras, and an ultra low light front facing camera. It has a high speed Snapdragon processor, and it works on Google Fi.

Should I switch to T-Mobile?

Episode 1425

Karen from Colorado
T-Mobile 55+ plan

Karen is thinking of moving over to T-Mobile from Google Fi. They have a good deal for people 55 and over. It should be about the same in quality, right? Rich says that Google Fi uses three different carriers, automatically switching to whichever one is best. It can be pricey for an unlimited user. If she doesn't use a lot of data, then Google Fi is a great 'pay as you go' plan. But T-Mobile has a great plan for those age 55 and over — 2 lines for $60. It's hard to beat that.

What app should I develop next?

Episode 1425

Joe from Gardena, CA
Apple iOS 11 App Store

Joe is an app developer and is looking to create an app for AR. Since Joe already has a parking app he's developed, Rich thinks he should elaborate on that and use the phone's camera to decipher parking signs. A user could simply point his or her camera at the sign, and the app could return a big check mark or red 'x' on if it's ok to park there at that time. The issue will be gathering the information for the backend. But if he can make submitting data easy and fun, and it works, then he'll have a winner.

Should I buy the iPhone 8?

Episode 1425

Howard from Chatsworth, CA
iPhone 8

Howard has an iPhone 7 and is thinking of getting an iPhone 8. Rich says he should save his money. The battery life won't be any better. The A11 processor is faster, however, so if not having that is a deal-breaker, then get the iPhone 8. If not, the next spec is the camera. Is it better? Yes, but not $800 better. Then there's the resale value of his old phone, which will be cut in half. So he's still going to have to spend at least $300-$400 to upgrade. The iPhone 8 does have wireless charging, but Rich says it's too new.

How do I transfer my data to a new phone?

Episode 1425

Ron from Laguna, CA
SMS Backup and Restore

Ron wants to transfer all his data and contacts from one phone to another. He wants to transfer everything from a Samsung Galaxy S4 to a Motorola Moto X. This includes contacts, photos, and voicemails. Rich says that voicemails are handled by the carrier, so they should be carried over automatically. Calendars, contacts, and photos can all be synced through the cloud with Google, and chances are a lot of that data is synced up already.

Why does Siri sometimes not make phone calls?

Episode 1424

Ron from Chatsworth, CA
Siri & Search in iPhone Settings

Ron has an iPhone 7 and when he asks Siri to call someone, sometimes she gets it right, sometimes she doesn't because he has to unlock his phone first. Rich says that there are a couple of settings in the Siri tab that has to do with authorization and contacts. It has to do with privacy and security. He can enable "Allow Siri while locked" if the phone is locked. He can also go through the process of setting up his "Hey Siri" voice by disabling, and re-enabling Siri in Settings.