Mobile Phones

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

How can I extend the battery life of my Samsung Galaxy S5?

Episode 1144

Kelly from Arkansas
Anker battery case

Kelly has an old Casio Brigade phone, but it can't hold a charge anymore, so he got a new Samsung Galaxy S5. But when he's out in survival training, he isn't much of a fan of the battery life. Leo says that the battery life isn't all that great, but the good news is that he can swap out the battery. He should buy a bunch of spare batteries and then he can swap them out in the field. And he can even buy a solar charger and charge them up when not using them.

Will a wallet cellphone case demagnetize my credit cards?

Episode 1144

Willy from Florence, CO
Credit cards

Willy got an LG Vista and he doesn't like how big it is. Leo says at 5.7", it's ginormous. Nice, but very huge. Willy is considering carrying it in a special wallet case that's inside his pocket. Will the cellphone signal demagnetize the credit cards in his wallet? And will it interfere with calls? Leo says no. He has a similar pouch and neither has happened to him. There are several cases that have doubled as wallets and they work well.

Why does my iPhone echo when I get a call from a landline?

Episode 1143

Paul from Pasadena, CA
Telephone

Paul just upgraded to an Apple iPhone 6 Plus, but every time he gets a call from a landline, he gets an echo. Could it be the Wi-Fi calling feature or noise suppression? Could it be a T-Mobile issue? Leo doesn't think so. But it could be a delay when talking from Wi-Fi or cellular to the landline. This is an odd issue that often happens on the radio show. And they've never been able to track it down. Leo says to get Apple to replace the iPhone. If it still happens, it's the network, not the phone.

Should I upgrade to the iPhone 6?

Episode 1143

Sharon from San Marcos, CA
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Sharon is finally upgrading from her iPhone 4, and she's wondering if the iPhone 6 is a bit too large. She can also get the iPhone 5 for free, so she's wondering what she should do. Leo says that the iPhone 5 really isn't free, she's just paying for it over time.

Sharon would probably like the iPhone 6 better. It's only $70 down. If she's paying for it over a two year contract anyway, she really should go with the iPhone 6. She'll have the Touch ID fingerprint reader for security, and a host of other features that make it worth it.

Has my iPhone been compromised by a phishing scam?

Episode 1143

Mark from Yorba Linda, CA
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Mark has an iPhone 6 Plus, and he clicked on a link in his email from "Fedex" which he later realized was a bogus phishing scam. Leo says it's unlikely it'll impact Mark. Phishing scams are designed mostly at Windows applications and even then, unpatched versions of Windows. Since Mark is neither, it's highly unlikely anything bad will happen to his phone. But it's good that he realized it, even if it was too late. Next time he'll know beforehand.

Should I buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 at a discount?

Episode 1142

Dennis from Riverside, CA
Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Dennis is looking to get a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 for $150. Leo says that sounds like a subsidized price, and while he's saving the money up front, he'll be paying a lot more over the course of 2 years. Is the Note 4 better at $150 more? Leo says it's an amazing phone, as they all have been. Better screen and camera, and a faster processor. He's more likely to get updates for it.

If the Galaxy Note 3 is brand new, then it's an apples to apples comparison. If the $150 difference is an issue, then he shouldn't hesitate, and get the Note 3.

Is the iPhone the best choice for a first smartphone?

Episode 1142

Dan from Anaheim, CA
Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Dan is ready for his first smartphone and is looking at the iPhone 6 Plus. Leo says that while he doesn't carry an iPhone, it's a great phone, especially for beginners. It's a good choice accessibility-wise as well. The large screen in the 6 Plus makes it really easy to see. But Leo warns that it may seem like clown shoes going from the 4" iPhone 5 screen.