Scott owns a Windows Phone, but he's tired of people making fun of them and Microsoft has killed it. So he's ready for a new phone. Should he go with Android or Apple? He doesn't trust Google, but he'd prefer an SD card option. Leo says the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the ideal phone for Scott. It takes an SD card, has a large screen, and has a stylus. If he doesn't want the stylus, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ is very close in size.
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The holidays are a time where product releases and tech news slow down. This gives technology reporters a chance to look back over the year and come up with winners and losers. This is also when reviews really get into the nitty-gritty of what works and what doesn't. Looking at candidates for Phone of the Year, Leo says that there's plenty of contenders.
Chris wants to know if he can disable the Bixby button on his Samsung Galaxy S8. Leo says that there wasn't a way to do this until recently. The latest firmware update allows it. Chris just has to press the Bixby button and then the Settings gear, and he can disable it. Leo wishes Samsung would let users reassign that button to something useful. Leo also says that mobile phones are so matured in their design now, that there isn't much that phone companies can do except add features that nobody really wants, like a Bixby button or removing the headphone jack for wireless headphones.
Gary is wondering if he should upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy S8, and whether or not to get it unlocked. Rich likes the S8 Plus because it's larger and he'd get a lot more battery life. As far as unlocked vs. carrier locked — if he's not going to leave his provider, then there's no reason to pay extra for an unlocked phone. He can just get a regular phone though T-Mobile.
Cary just got the Samsung Galaxy S8 and she's having issues while voice texting. It's mostly syntax because the voice texting is putting spaces where they don't belong. Leo says that it could be a keyboard behavior with the Samsung Keyboard. She should try using a different keyboard. She can try Google's GBoard or SwiftKey. Both are free.
Ryan has an iPhone 7 and he's thinking of getting an HTC Ultra. Worth it? Leo says that he doesn't think so. HTC made great phones for years with great speakers and long battery life. But lately, they've been courting the low cost Asian market with tinny speakers and awful battery life.
If Ryan wants a good Android phone, the new Samsung Galaxy S8 or LG G6 is worth getting because of it's bezel-less design. He'll get a larger screen without having to carry a larger phone.
Leo got the Samsung Galaxy S8 this week and it has a 6.2" screen, but it's a bit weird because of its aspect ratio. Like the iPhone 5 which had a tall, narrow screen, the S8 is doing the same thing to make it tall and larger without being wider. The edge is more aesthetic and has less usable area as before. It is "bezel-less" now, so the image goes edge to edge making it look larger without being wider. It's not the same camera as the S7 – it's extremely nice with an upgraded sensor.
Samsung has announced the Galaxy S8 and S8+ which continues to get rid of the bezel area, and now, has gotten rid of the home button. There's a virtual home button now that is also rotatable — sort of. Leo thinks that Apple will follow suit and do the same thing.