Mobile Phones

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

Is my Windows Phone 7 safe with no updates?

Don from Los Angeles, Ca

Episode 1103

Don has a Windows Phone 7 and he's noticing that the security updates are about to run out and he's concerned about security. Leo says that it's not really cause for concern. You're not using the latest or greatest, but it's such a small market share, that malicious software simply isn't attacking that. Don would like to change to the iPhone. Leo says you can. It's a good next stop int he smart phone game. And it's very secure. not perfect, but at the crossroads of security and convenience, Apple does a great job. In general, smartphones are very secure anyway.

Why is Amazon wanting to text me?

Mike from New Albany, MS

Episode 1103

Mike shops at Amazon and has noticed a change in permissions that would allow Amazon to send him text messages. What gives? Leo says that what is cool about the Android system, is that they show you what permissions are and which ones an app use. So at least you know going in what they want. But Leo also believes that it paves the way for second factor authentication should you forget your password. And sending a text and reading a text require the same permission. So Leo says it's not really an issue to worry over.

Rumors Suggest Apple Plans Mid-September iPhone 6 Launch

Episode 1103

Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac writes that we'll see the iPhone 6 in the second or third week of September. That doesn't mean it will become available then, however. Usually Apple announces the phone, and then it goes on sale a week later.

Apple ‘tentatively’ plans mid-September iPhone event as iOS 8 nears completion (9to5Mac)…
http://9to5mac.com/2014/07/23/apple-tentatively-plans-mid-september-iphone-event-as-ios-8-nears-completion/

First Look at the OnePlus One Smartphone

Episode 1103

OnePlus One

There's a new Android phone with an interesting marketing strategy. It's called the "flagship killer" -- it's a top of the line smartphone, with the latest Qualcomm processor, a gorgeous, very high res 5" screen, and a great camera -- but you can't buy it. You can't go to a store, Amazon, can't order online, and there's limited availability. When it first came out, you could enter a contest by sending them a video of you destroying your current smartphone, and they'd send you a OnePlus One phone.

Hands On With the Amazon Fire Phone

Episode 1103

Amazon Fire Phone

Leo finally got his Amazon Fire phone, after only receiving the phone's box last weekend from AT&T. If you had ordered it the day it came out, you could have gotten it on Thursday, which is a day earlier than originally scheduled. If you've used the Amazon Fire tablet, then you'll already be familiar with the phone's interface. It's very Amazon specific. It has a few interesting things, like a dedicated camera button.

Should I buy the LG G3 Android phone?

Episode 1102

Eddie from El Monte, Ca
LG G3

Eddie wants to know if he should buy an LG G3 or wait for something better. Leo says he hasn't used it yet, but it has the highest resolution 5.5" 4K screen on the market. That's ultra high definition. But Leo doesn't think he would be able to see a difference. It will impact battery life, too. But he can always get extra batteries to get him through the day.

LG makes top of the line smart phones, but they have a wacky button design on the back. The camera is decent, but not great. It's a little slow. It does have laser focusing though, which is interesting.

Should I buy my iPhone off contract?

Episode 1102

Kim from Santa Clarita, CA
Apple iPhone 5S

Kim wants to switch carriers and wants to know the best option for getting an iPhone. Leo was going to suggest T-Mobile, but that's where Kim is and she doesn't want to have a contract. Leo says that without a contract, she'll have to pay for a phone unsubsidized. She can also buy the iPhone 5S unsubsidized and make payments on it, but that's just like having a contract. Should she wait? Leo says we'll know when the iPhone 6 is coming out in a couple months. It'll probably be out in September.

How can I stop my phone from rearranging itself?

Episode 1102

Ed from Redondo Beach, CA
HTC One

Had has a new HTC One and lately, Ed says it's had a mind of its own. Lately it's been changing cities in the weather app without him being able to reset it. Leo says it could be that the current location setting has changed or the location services has been disabled. Ed says the icon for voice recorder has moved as well. Leo says that they can be moved around, so he should just drag it back.