Mobile Phones

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

Why can't I change the font in Facebook?

Shane from Defiance, OH

Episode 1166

Shane is frustrated because he can't change the font on Facebook in his phone. Leo says that's just how Facebook is. An app doesn't have to honor the accessibility settings of the phone, and Facebook has forgotten that a large segment of the population needs a larger font. But fortunately, the accessibility settings allow him to at least magnify the screen. Facebook also has an alternative app called Paper that may have better settings.

Should I root my new Galaxy Note 4?

Episode 1166

Carlos from Hemmit, CA
Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Carlos upgraded his Samsung Galaxy S5 from Sprint to the Galaxy Note 4 with Verizon. But it comes with a lot of stuff he doesn't like. Leo says that Carlos can root it, but that requires unlocking the boot loader which involves a risk of bricking the phone. Carriers don't like it because it's a workaround for how they want him to use the phone, like tethering at no cost.

How can I get internet access in the Arctic?

Episode 1164

Wayne from Irvine, CA
SIM cards

Wayne is going to be out in the Arctic for three months and there's no internet access out there. There is a nearby community on an archipelago that has cellular service, however. Can he get cellular on the ship that will connect? Wayne also wants to know if Leo has heard of a company called KnowRoaming. It uses a sticker that changes the electronics of the SIM in the phone to avoid paying the international roaming fees.

Should I buy a Note 4, Nexus 6, or a tablet?

Howard from Tampa, FL

Episode 1161

Howard has an Samsung Galaxy Note 2 phone that he's rooted. He's thinking of upgrading to the new Note 4 at full price to keep his unlimited data plan. Leo says that's the way to do it. Should he go with the Note 4 or the Nexus 6? Or should he just keep his Note 2 and buy a tablet? Leo says that is interesting, he'll just keep using his old note 2 as a phone and use the tablet as his mobile computer. Those large Note phones are closer to a tablet size anyway. The Note 4 is really better. Great camera, and the stylus/pressure sensitivity is improved. It's one of the best phones of 2014.

How can I get photos off my old iPhone?

Episode 1161

Peter from Los Angeles, CA
iPhone 3G by Dan Taylor

Peter has an old iPhone with a ton of photos on it that he needs to backup. How can he move them off directly without using iTunes? Leo says there's plenty of ways to skin that cat. All he needs to do is connect via USB and his computer will create a popup of the Windows Image Viewer which will transfer the images directly to his computer. Leo also recommends Picasa for it. He doesn't need iTunes for it, but he will need iTunes for any other data on that phone.

How can I use my phone in Europe?

Andre from Burbank, CA

Episode 1161

Andre is taking his wife on a trip overseas and he wants to use his phone to post to Instagram and other social networks. Leo says that data oversees is a huge and expensive topic because people are wired everywhere, even when they travel. But he won't want to roam in another country because data roaming in obscenely expensive. The first thing he'll want to do it disable data roaming. He'd be surprised how many people come home to a data bill in the thousands and they hardly even used data.