Samsung

Is the Samsung Galaxy Gear VR a good buy?

Episode 1297

Richard from Louisiana
Samsung Galaxy Gear VR

Richard is thinking about buying a Samsung Galaxy Gear VR headset. Leo says that the Galaxy VR is powered by Oculus and it's more like a high tech Viewmaster than a verified VR device. It's a step up from Google Cardboard. It doesn't have controllers to interact with it, so he would end up just watching what's going on, rather than interacting with it. Richard will also need a Samsung Galaxy mobile phone to use it. He should be aware of the physical uneasiness that he'll experience in VR, too. Some people do get sick from vertigo.

How can I connect my mobile phone to my TV?

Episode 1281

Tony from Oklahoma
Samsung MHL HDMI adapter

Tony wants to connect his mobile phone to his TV inside his semi truck. How can he connect it? Leo says that before the Note V, he could get an MHL adapter to connect via HDMI. But Samsung dropped that feature with the Note V, and he'd need a smartphone that supports it. The Galaxy S7, by contrast, does. Samsung does sell an MHL to HDMI adapter which should work for it.

Why is my Galaxy S7 Edge home key disabled after using the wireless charger?

Episode 1276

Louis from Monrovia, CA
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Louis bought a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and he's discovered that the home key has become disabled after charging with his wireless charger. He restarted it, but is getting the same thing. He even took it to the store and replaced it, but it's still happening. Leo says that there's a problem with the wireless charger. Or it could be an app. Leo suggests doing a factory reset and not installing any apps. See if it charges and if the problem goes away. If it does, then he'll have to go through each and every app until he isolates the one app that's causing the issue.

Why does my phone battery die when I'm charging it?

Episode 1273

Dave from Torrance, CA
Samsung Galaxy S6

Dave is having trouble charging his Galaxy S6. He plugs it in when it's low and it will continue to drain until it dies before it starts to recharge. Leo says it could be this app Dave has called DU battery saver. Leo says that those apps often take up more power than they save. It could just be a defective battery. Dave may want to talk to them about replacing it.

Which HDTV should I buy for good sound?

Episode 1269

Paul from Tarzana, CA
Vizio M Series 43" 4K UHD TV

Paul can't decide between the Vizio and Samsung 32" HDTVs. Leo says he owns both and he thinks that Vizio has the better 'smart' software, and Scott agrees. As for audio quality, Scott says it's not that good on either TV. Leo agrees and says that none of the TV manufacturers put much thought into the speakers since they expect users to already have home theater systems.