Mobile Phones

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

Why can't my car sync with my phone?

Episode 1434

Dana from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
iOS 11

Dana has an iPhone 7 that's been updated to iOS 11, but the phone will not sync and display his contacts, so he can't use his car to make a call. Both Honda and Apple are blaming each other. Leo says this is a common problem with Apple/Honda owners. Nobody seems to have solved it, they're just complaining about it. One would hope that Apple would fix it in a future update. Honda isn't going to update their firmware.

The iPhone X Pre-order Was a Mess

Episode 1434

Apple iPhone X

Leo says that the iPhone X pre-order was a total mess, as it usually is. The iPhone 8 pre-order, on the other hand, was easy and Leo says that's because most people didn't want it. They waited for the iPhone X. It was also very difficult to get one on November 3rd because they are in limited supplies. Leo is getting his the week after. Leo says he's rather tired of the whole upgrade rat race, too, and he's embarrassed by the whole process. If he didn't have to review these things, he'd likely just get off the train altogether.

Is my new iPhone a lemon?

Episode 1434

Joshua from Mira Loma, CA
iPhone 8 Plus

Joshua has a love-hate relationship with his new iPhone. It's freezing up a lot. iOS11 also has a glitchy screen, too. Leo suspects that it's a Lemon and since it's within about 3 weeks, he should be able to get a new one. Leo says there's some good features in it and if he brings it back to the store, they should be able to swap it out. It's definitely a lemon. That's all behavior that isn't normal. Battery life isn't as good as the iPhone 7, but not as bad as Joshua is complaining about.

What's the best Android phone in the $200 to $250 range?

Episode 1432

Carson from Orange County, CA
Motorola Moto G5 Plus

Carson's LG G3 broke, and he wants to know what Android phone he should get next. His budget is $250. Leo says he likes the Motorola G5 Plus. It won't have as good of a screen or camera as the flagship level smartphones that start at $600. That being said, the screen will be just fine and the camera is still pretty decent. Also, the nice thing about the Moto G5 is that it's fast enough, and Motorola keeps the operating system very clean. Motorola also keeps its phones up to date.

Users Complain of Pixel 2 XL Screen Problems

Episode 1433

Pixel 2 XL

The Google Pixel 2 XL came out this week and users are complaining of a "blotchy" screen when you turn the brightness down. Leo also says that there's been burn in complaints on the screen's OLED display. Leo went in to look at it in the store and turned it down and said that the difference in the display didn't bother him. But he does like the LG V30, which has the same display.

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Should I make the switch to Android?

Episode 1432

David from Colorado Springs, CO
Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

David is looking at the Google Pixel 2 XL but he's worried about losing accessibility on his iPhone. Leo says that Google isn't going to take their apps off iOS any time soon. The Pixel 2 XL is a worthy contender if he chooses to make the switch. Both are great phones. One argument in Apple's favor is that from a security point of view, he's safer because their ecosystem is closed versus Android's open source approach.

How can I control my mp3s in the car?

Episode 1432

John from Oxnard, CA
Apple-CarPlay by Sam Churchill

John has a new car and it doesn't have a CD player. It has a USB plug instead, but the music just jumps all around. Leo says that most car makers expect you to keep your music organized and play it from the phone. John's Corvette uses Apple CarPlay so his iPhone will interface with it really easily and he can play all his music via the iOS Music app. He can just tell it to play an album and it will play it. Or he can even tell it to play with no pauses between tracks, shuffle, create playlists, genre, and more. It's wide open in terms of options.

How can I disable the Bixby button on my phone?

Episode 1432

Dennis from Korea
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

Dennis is stationed in Korea and he's had to get a new Samsung Galaxy 8 Plus, but the Bixby feature drives him nuts. How can he turn it off? Leo says that the most recent update will allow him to disable the button. He'll just end up with the Bixby voice assistant instead, though. The pity is that Samsung still doesn't let you customize the button for another use.