Android

Should I buy The Essential Phone?

Myron from Minnesota

Episode 1440

Myron is considering trading in an old iPhone 6S plus, giving his wife his iPhone 7 Plus and going with The Essential Phone. Leo says it's a great deal because it's a flop sales wise. Which is too bad because it's a really good phone. It had an issue of a crashing camera app, but that has since been fixed along with other housekeeping fixes. Leo now says that the Essential Phone is flawless and one of the only phones running Android 8. And it's $200 off right now. Super fast snapdragon processor and OLED screen with no bezel. Leo says it's the best bezeless phone out there.

Why do I need to give my apps permission?

Episode 1436

Karen from San Pedro, CA
Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Karen has a Samsung Phone and Tablet and she is getting a popup in her phone that will allow her apps access to her phone data. Leo says that Android works by requiring permission to do things as she needs them. So when she's opening an app to do something, the app is requesting access in order to do what she wants it to do. That kind of behavior is OK, but if it's out of nowhere, then she's right to be suspicious.

Is the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 a good buy?

Episode 1435

Sharise from Lancaster, CA
Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Sharise wanted to get the Samsung Galaxy Note Fan Edition because she wouldn't be able to trade in her Note 4 for the Note 8. She kept calling, and Samsung exchanged her older Note 4 so she got half off the Galaxy Note 8. Leo says it's a great phone, but Sharise wanted the blue color. Leo says to get a blue case like an Otterbox on it, and she's all set. Though Leo likes the Spigen Clear Case so it can show through.

What new Android phone should I buy?

Episode 1434

Richard from Poway, CA
Pixel 2 XL

Richard really likes his phone, but the battery is starting to run out and Verizon says that since the battery is built-in, it can't be replaced. He'll have to replace the whole phone. Leo says that drives him nuts. Richard has a perfectly good phone that he likes, but he has to go to the extra expense of upgrading a phone and throw his old one away. What phone should he get now? Leo says that Google's Pixel 2 XL is exclusive to Verizon and it's a great phone. It runs pure Android. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is another great option, with a great screen.

What's the best Android phone in the $200 to $250 range?

Episode 1432

Carson from Orange County, CA
Motorola Moto G5 Plus

Carson's LG G3 broke, and he wants to know what Android phone he should get next. His budget is $250. Leo says he likes the Motorola G5 Plus. It won't have as good of a screen or camera as the flagship level smartphones that start at $600. That being said, the screen will be just fine and the camera is still pretty decent. Also, the nice thing about the Moto G5 is that it's fast enough, and Motorola keeps the operating system very clean. Motorola also keeps its phones up to date.

Why is my cable internet modem so slow?

Episode 1433

Brad from San Clemente, CA
ARRIS SURFboard SB6141 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem

Brad is getting a new modem with his cable internet provider. Leo suggests buying his own DOCSIS 3 modem. Leo likes the Arris Surfboard. He'll save $10 a month in modem rental fees and it'll make his internet run much faster. He should go to his cable internet provider's website and see what new routers they support. Leo also says he'll need to demand they put him on the DOCSIS 3 switch. If he's been given a new modem, but he's on the same old lane, he's not going to get any faster than he was before.

Should I make the switch to Android?

Episode 1432

David from Colorado Springs, CO
Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

David is looking at the Google Pixel 2 XL but he's worried about losing accessibility on his iPhone. Leo says that Google isn't going to take their apps off iOS any time soon. The Pixel 2 XL is a worthy contender if he chooses to make the switch. Both are great phones. One argument in Apple's favor is that from a security point of view, he's safer because their ecosystem is closed versus Android's open source approach.

How can I use my tablet as a switcher for live streaming?

Episode 1431

Chris from Ohio
Switcher Studio

Chris needs an app to create a live stream on a budget. Leo just saw a great tool on both Android and iOS that uses camera phones and Wi-Fi to connect and then uses one device to act as a switcher. He should check out Switcher Studio. It does just that, but it's currently iOS only. Cinemaker is another one. It also is just for iOS, but the Android version is coming soon. Chris could also look into Manycam.