Mobile Phones

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

How can I maximize battery life in my Android phone?

Episode 1128

David from California
Battery

David got a Google Nexus 5 phone and he's concerned about battery life. Leo says that's the main problem with modern mobile phones -- they don't last through the day, which is why he likes phones that have removable batteries. What about killing programs and tasks that are running? Leo says that today's modern phone operating systems don't require task management anymore.

How can I get an unlimited data plan with a Samsung Galaxy Note 4?

Episode 1128

Jason from Warren, NJ
Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Jason wants to get a new Galaxy Note 4, but he doesn't want to lose his unlimited data plan. Leo says that AT&T is always looking for a reason to take unlimited data away from those who are left using it. And frankly, most people who have it don't use that much data and they're really paying for what they don't use. Either Jason could get a plan that would cover the data he uses, or he could go to T-Mobile and get unlimited. Most of their plans are unlimited, but would throttle his speeds after he reaches a certain limit.

Should I buy a tablet or a smartphone?

Episode 1128

Teri from Apple Valley, CA
Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Teri needs to buy a smartphone but she wonders if she can use a tablet instead. She could then use it to take notes, read eBooks, etc. Should she go iPad or Android? Leo says that a tablet isn't really the right move now since phones are getting larger. They're big enough to read books on, take notes, and use as a calendar as Teri said she wanted. And they take phone calls too, of course.

Apple Pay and iOS 8.1 Debuts Monday, But There's No Rush to Update

Episode 1128

credit cards

Apple Pay, the new payment system that uses iPhone 6 together with Touch ID in stores, will debut Monday. This could be a revolution in the way we buy things, and could replace the insecure "swipe and sign" method we use now with credit cards.

iOS 8.1 also will be available tomorrow, but Leo maintains that there's no hurry to download OS updates. It's a good idea to wait a few days to see what ends up getting broken in the new release. If there is something broken, wait a few more days until a fix comes out.

Why can't I talk and browse the web simultaneously on Sprint?

Episode 1127

Rick from Kansas City, MO
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Rick says that he hears that with Sprint, if they upgrade to the new iPhone, they won't be able to talk and surf at the same time. Leo says that he can on AT&T and Verizon, though. Verizon moved over to Voice Over LTE and Leo thought Sprint was moving that way too, but apparently they haven't. T-Mobile will also work. Any GSM network will do it, and Leo suspects that Sprint will eventually go that way.

Google's New Phones Announced Day Before Apple's iPads

Episode 1127

Google announced a high end six inch phone! So large the code name was Shamu. Made by Motorola. Dual front facing speakers. Ultra HD screen. Highest res screens on the market. And it will compete directly with Samsung Galaxy Note 4. It'll also be run on Android 5.0, named Lollipop. Leo says that we're at the point where computers, tablets and phones are all mature and it's very hard to make giant leaps in features. But battery life will continue to improve.

Why does Google Play stutter when I play audio over bluetooth?

Episode 1126

Pat from Pam Beach, FL
Samsung Galaxy S5

Pat has a Samsung Galaxy S5, and when he's streaming through Google Play, he gets random pauses. Leo says if it's streaming, that's bandwidth buffering. If it's local, there could be stuff in the background that's using the processor. Leo suggests turning the phone off and on, and maybe even doing a factory reset. But then he'll have to redownload all of his apps.. Google will remember his account information though.