smartphones

Is there still an Android phone with a replaceable battery?

Episode 1247

Mike from El Segundo, CA
Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Mike needs a new phone and is looking at the latest Samsung Galaxy Note or Galaxy S6. He wants one with a replaceable battery. Mike found an unlocked international Samsung phone at an electronics store, and they said it doesn't have the extra software on it. Leo says it'll most certainly have the Samsung software installed, but since it's an unlocked international phone, it won't have any carrier software on it.

Leo Gets the BlackBerry Priv Android Smartphone

Episode 1247

BlackBerry Priv

Leo got the BlackBerry Priv this week, which he says has to be the worst name for a phone ever. It's supposed to mean "Privileged" and "Private." Leo says that since BlackBerry has dropped their own OS in favor of Android, that the Priv is a very good mobile phone. There are some old things that make it a BlackBerry, like the physical keyboard. It brought back memories, but Leo says it was a difficult experience to use to type, leaving Leo to think that this kind of design is an anachronism. It's a feature whose time is over, and we've moved on.

What unlocked Android phone should I buy?

Episode 1246

Sam from Santa Monica, CA
Motorola Moto G

Sam wants to buy an unlocked smartphone. He's heard Leo talk about the Motorola Moto G, but he's also looking at the Huawei P8 lite, and the Alcatel Idol 3. Leo says that the benefit of owning an unlocked phone is that he can take it to just about any carrier. It gives him flexibility, but it also means he'll have to pay for the phone completely up front.

Put Emergency Medical Information on Your Smartphone

If you're ever involved in an accident or have a medical emergency, your smartphone can play a critical role. But when it's locked, the information isn't accessible for emergency personnel to retrieve. That's where "ICE," or "In Case of Emergency" standards come in. You can set up your phone so that it will remain secure, while still making it possible for first responders to get to the critical information they need.

Majority of Internet Use Now Done by Smartphones

Episode 1217

On the eve of Apple's iPhone 6S announcement, Leo says that 77% of US users have smartphones and the majority of internet use as a result is done with them. Leo also says that translates worldwide as mobile phones are the number one way to use the Internet as well. Leo says that this is largely due to the flood of cheap Android phones out there, like the Motorola Moto C.

Can I get a Qi wireless charger for my phone?

Clarence from Palm Springs, CA

Episode 1215

Clarence just let go of his Samsung Galaxy S3 because the microUSB port was loose and it wouldn't charge. So it's time to get a new phone. He can pick up a Samsung Galaxy S 5 or a Note 4. Leo says that the Note 4 is a great phone and that's the one to get. He can get a charger cover that supports Qi. It's a great charger. Should he "Frankenstein" a system together and DIY it? Leo says he could. He did that on the Note 3, but the negative is that it makes it harder to remove and replace the battery.

How can I transfer images from an old Palm Pixi?

Karen from Ventura, CA

Episode 1213

Karen is trying to transfer pictures from an old Palm Pixi phone to her laptop but she gets an error message about having too many cards open. Leo says that the phone Karen is using runs WebOS and that likely means there is a memory issue. She should close all unneeded apps except for the one used to transfer the photos. Support is going to be difficult for it. If the computer sees the phone as a drive, then she can just drag and drop. But if it doesn't, Karen may need drivers to support it. Another option is to email or text the images to herself.