Dan is looking for a cheap smartphone for his mom and wants to know what Leo thinks of the Motorola Moto G. Leo says at $180 without contract, it's a great, inexpensive phone. It's largely the same as the Moto X, except for the screen.
Joe is hard of hearing and he can't use a smartphone because the ringer is too soft. Leo says that texting may be a good solution, but a mobile phone should be able to be loud enough for the hearing impaired to pick up. Leo got his mom a Jitterbug. Jitterbug also has smartphones. They are hearing aid compatible, but also has a large speaker with great sound. Leo also suggests talking to his cellphone carrier. TTPhone makes a senior phone with big buttons and loud speakers.
Roseanne is getting rid of her land line and is trying to decide between T-Mobile with a lot of data and having to buy a phone, or a free phone from AT&T. Leo says it doesn't really matter price wise, because the price is hidden in the contract with the so-called "free phone." It's just financed. T-Mobile is up front.
Leo says the only downside for only having a cell phone is 911. It gets routed to a regional center, which can take longer to get a response. She can, however, register her address with the regional 911 so they know exactly where to send help.
Google released its next smart phone, called Nexus 5, made by LG. Like the previous Nexus phone, Google sells this unlocked and unsubsidized starting at $349 -- that's nearly half the cost of buying most competing smartphones unsubsidized. Make sure to buy it from the Google Play store though, because other retailers like Best Buy currently sell it for around $700 instead! This may be because there's a longer wait to get it from the Play store at this time.
Bob is looking to get a new cellphone to replace his old Motorola Razr flip phone. He's wondering about the Moto X. Leo loves the Moto-X! It's especially cool because it's made in the USA, and can customize the colors. Leo says Google Now works great also.
Brian just ordered the Google Nexus 5 and wants to get a wireless charger. Leo says that he'll want to get a QI charger, but he also says wireless is over hyped. Leo also says that the Nexus charger is junk because it's slanted and the phone slides off. The chatroom says that the next generation Google Charger is different though, and has magnets to help keep the phones in place.
The FAA has made a rule change that will enable users of smart devices like eBook readers, tablets and smartphones, as long as they're put into airplane mode below 10,000 feet. Users can still use the in-flight Wi-Fi (at a cost, of course), but they will not be able to make cell phone calls or use cellular data. Watching movies, reading e-books, and playing games are all fair game.
Wendy needs to buy a new smartphone. Suggestions? Leo says that the first thing to do is look at your carrier. It impacts what phone you get because you may not have a choice of the phone you want. And Third party carriers like TING ties into Sprint. Page Plus has Verizon. Metro PCS is T-Mobile. So it's important to pay attention to coverage maps. And you won't be able to subsidize if you're not going under contract and that means full price.
Leo says when it comes to the iPhone, Apple has to support Windows, but it doesn't have to support Linux. Leo's not sure that even matters though, because increasingly the iPhone is designed not to be connected to a computer. Updates all happen over the air now. It's no longer tied to a desktop computer. Obviously there's no iTunes on Ubuntu for his music, which might be the biggest issue, but he can get music directly on the phone. Leo doesn't think he'll run into any major issues using an iPhone and an Ubuntu desktop computer.
Scott has heard about home security apps which allow people to unlock their home via an iPhone, and is wondering how secure they actually are. Leo says that they're likely very similar in technology to garage door openers, so it should be secure because users can set their own password and level of security. Door locks are mere conventions though, and they can be defeated if given enough effort.