Mobile Phones

iPhone, Android, Windows Phone 7, Blackberry, or feature phones.

What phone should I buy for traveling overseas?

Corky from Long Beach, CA

Episode 1137

Corky is ready to buy her first smartphone. She's going to be traveling to Spain and needs to know what kind of phone to get. Leo says that Corky should check out PrepaidWithData.Wikia.Com. It'll show you what data SIMS you can buy in the country you travel to. Roaming can be expensive and buying a local SIM is a great way to save a lot of money. The other option is to get an International Data Roaming plan. But they're pricey and doesn't include a lot of data. Most phones these days are "world phones," meaning that they will work anywhere. The iPhone is a great example.

Can I use a smart watch with a tablet?

Joe from East Vail, CA

Episode 1137

Joe bought a pair of Pebble watches. And he's thinking of getting the Moto 360, but he doesn't want the data plan. Leo says that the Apple Watch will only work with an iPhone. The Moto 360 only works with Android. The Microsoft Band works only with Windows Phone. So that's where the state of the art is right now and it largely depends on your plan and what phone you want. Can he sync with a tablet? Leo doesn't think so. But in every case, the watches aren't smart enough to work independently. They're more like a second screen for the phone.

Leo Gets the Google Nexus 6

Episode 1137

Leo bought the largest Android phone on the market, the Google Nexus 6.It does come with Android 5 - Lollipop. And he says it's a beautiful phone. However, when it comes to battery life, it leaves Leo a bit concerned. Although it has a bigger battery, it also comes with a quad HD screen, which is gorgeous, but really sucks up the battery power. He likes the dual front facing speakers though. And that makes sense.

Is Apple Care worth it for iPhones?

Episode 1135

Mark from Riverside, CA
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Mark is thinking about trading in his iPhone 5S to get a 6 Plus. He's thinking about buying Apple Care Plus. Worth it? Leo says it depends on what the deductable is. He'll get two incidents a year and the deductible is $79 per incident. So if he drops his phone a lot, it's worth it. But it's a money generator for most. Leo doesn't use Apple Care, preferring to self insure. But he also says that for kids, it's a must.

How can I put my Android phone into Kid Mode?

Episode 1135

Alan from Los Angeles, CA
Kid's Place

Alan has been locking down his mobile phone so his kids can only launch an app that he approves. But it's only limiting the number of apps he can add. He's updated the Note 3 and wants an app that will put his phone into "Kid Mode."

Leo says that there are third parties that offer the kid mode. It's an off the record download though, and could be illegal. There's also Kids Place. That's going to be safer and will let him do a lot more.

What external battery should I get for the iPhone 6?

Episode 1134

Dan from Maine
Jackery Giant

Dan bought an iPhone 6 and he loves it, but he needs more battery life out of it. He's looking for a good external battery, but is overwhelmed by all of the options. Leo says unfortunately the iPhone has no removable battery, which is the tradeoff for it being so thin. The iPhone 6 battery life is better, but with the larger screen, it needs more juice. That's one of the reasons Leo likes the Samsung Galaxy Phones -- he can swap out the batteries with a backup. Many people use Mophie Cases, which have a battery built into them. But they make the phone quite a bit larger.

Does Windows Phone have the apps that iPhone and Android have?

Nan from Los Angeles, CA

Episode 1133

Nan has a Droid Incredible but she's looking to change to a Windows phone. She's worried about apps not being available. Leo says that Microsoft has done a great job with Windows Phone 8, and the hardware is great with the Nokia Lumia (it has a great camera). But the issue is that Microsoft is late to the app game and developers have been slow coming to the Windows platform, especially Google.

Back to Android, the Motorola Moto X is really good, but the battery life can be a challenge if she's a heavy user. The Motorola Droid Turbo has a much larger battery.