Howard has an Samsung Galaxy Note 2 phone that he's rooted. He's thinking of upgrading to the new Note 4 at full price to keep his unlimited data plan. Leo says that's the way to do it. Should he go with the Note 4 or the Nexus 6? Or should he just keep his Note 2 and buy a tablet? Leo says that is interesting, he'll just keep using his old note 2 as a phone and use the tablet as his mobile computer. Those large Note phones are closer to a tablet size anyway. The Note 4 is really better. Great camera, and the stylus/pressure sensitivity is improved. It's one of the best phones of 2014.
Julian would like to upgrade his Asus TF700T 4.2 tablet with detachable keyboard because he's getting a warning that says "website not responding." Leo says this could actually be an issue with router. Julian says there's a lot of other issues they're having with the tablet, though, and he'd like to upgrade it to an Android 5.0 device.
Ron's Samsung Galaxy S4 was stolen, and T-Mobile replaced it with another one. But the one he got as a replacement keeps talking to him, and he doesn't want that. He wants to take it back and get the Samsung Galaxy S6 when it comes out, if it's as good as he's heard it will be. Leo says that they haven't even been announced yet, and there's no need to wait. He can just get the Galaxy S5. Or if he likes a bigger screen, the Note 3 is a good choice. The The S6 will just be more of the same, only marginally better.
Bradley wants to know when the Samsung Galaxy S6 will be out. Leo says that Samsung will announce it at the Mobile World Conference March 2 through 5, and it'll likely be out by April. There will also be a new M8 phone from HTC.
Ron's Dell computer is having trouble connecting and he has a hunch the network adapter is dying. He's tried different software, but hasn't been able to get it to work. Leo says that the adapter is soldered to the motherboard and to fix that would require changing the motherboard. But he can buy a USB to Ethernet network connector for $12 from monoprice.com.
Andy has to replace his old flip phone, and he wants a smart phone with a good camera. Leo says that the smartphones have gotten really good, especially with cameras, but they don't have an optical zoom. Is there one as good as a DSLR? Leo says no, he won't get one as good as a Nikon, for sure.
Kelly has an old Casio Brigade phone, but it can't hold a charge anymore, so he got a new Samsung Galaxy S5. But when he's out in survival training, he isn't much of a fan of the battery life. Leo says that the battery life isn't all that great, but the good news is that he can swap out the battery. He should buy a bunch of spare batteries and then he can swap them out in the field. And he can even buy a solar charger and charge them up when not using them.
Dennis is looking to get a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 for $150. Leo says that sounds like a subsidized price, and while he's saving the money up front, he'll be paying a lot more over the course of 2 years. Is the Note 4 better at $150 more? Leo says it's an amazing phone, as they all have been. Better screen and camera, and a faster processor. He's more likely to get updates for it.
If the Galaxy Note 3 is brand new, then it's an apples to apples comparison. If the $150 difference is an issue, then he shouldn't hesitate, and get the Note 3.
Benny is looking to buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Leo says it's an excellent choice. Benny is wondering about all the junk that Samsung puts on their devices, though. Leo says that while it got pretty bad with with the Galaxy S4 and S5, the Note has been a different story of late. Samsung has backed away from its software obsessions.