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.
Brad is getting a new modem with his cable internet provider. Leo suggests buying his own modem, called the DOCSIS 3. Leo likes the ARRIS Surfboard. You'll save $10 a month modem rental fee and it'll make your internet run much faster. Go to your cable internet provider's website and see what new routers they support. Leo also says you need to demand they put you on the DOCSIS 3 switch. If he's been given a new modem, but you're on the same old lane, you're not going to get any faster than you were before. So tell them you expect to be "provisioned" for DOCSIS 3.
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. But the Pixel 2 XL is a worthy contender if you choose to make the switch. Both are great phones. One argument in Apple's favor is that from a security point of view, you're safer because their ecosystem is closed, versus Android's more open source vibe.
Chris needs an app to create a live stream on a budget. Leo just saw a great tool on both Android and iOS that uses camera phones and Wi-Fi to connect and then uses one device to act as a switcher. He should check out Switcher Studio. It does just that, but it's currently iOS only. Cinemaker is another one. It also is just for iOS, but the Android version is coming soon. Chris could also look into Manycam.
Craig has a 15" laptop and he travels a lot, so he's looking for a smaller alternative. He's getting the Pixel 2 XL this week and the Pixelbook is another option. Chromebooks are a good option for travel because they are light, secure, and with the new Android app support, there's a myriad options including Microsoft Word on Android. A better option than Windows for most people.
Google Announces the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL. Learn more at store.google.com.
Bad Reviews of Essential Android Phone sinks sales. Only 5,000 sold. Leo says that's sad because he likes his Essential phone. It runs clean and pure Android. It had its initial problems, but they've fixed it and it's gotten updates to make it more mature. The only problem is, it has no headphone jack.
Bob has a dual SIM mobile phone with T-Mobile and he's having trouble going from one number to the other. He couldn't receive calls. He's tried to go to T-Mobile and has also done the factory reset and now he can get calls. But he's lost all his data. Can he get it back? Leo says the safest way to protect his data is to backup his data to his Google account. He can do this by going to "Backup and Reset" in settings. Then he could automatically restore it. This would save his settings, apps, and contacts, but it won't save his music or photos.
Mark has a Samsung Note 3 that is full and is starting to act up. Leo says that it was the first that had the external card slot taken out of it. So that's unfortunate. How can he get his pictures off? Leo recommends Google Photos. There's also a setting to delete backed up photos. That will keep the space free on his phone. Then he can get a new Note 8, which has an SD card slot so it'll never happen again.
Stacy needs to buy a new phone and she needs a minimum of Android 6.0 on her phone. Leo says that the sad thing about Android is that most of the carriers and phone companies don't keep them up to date as often as they should and as a result, anything below Android 6 is just not safe to run.
This week Google announced a ton of new products, including a new Google Home and a donut sized version of Google Home (called the Mini) that Leo says may be better than Amazon Echo. Though Leo says that Amazon has a huge lead, in the long run, Google may have the advantage. Meanwhile, Amazon did get a shot in the arm this week with the announcement that Sonos will partner with Amazon to bring connectivity of Sonos to the Amazon Echo. But that may be short-lived since Sonos plans to work with Google and Apple as well.