Android

Can I fix a cheap Android tablet?

Paul from Palmdale, CA

Episode 1200

Paul bought a cheap $60 tablet. Is that a good deal? Leo says that sometimes it's a false economy to go that cheap. If he has a kid, though, it may be smart to have an inexpensive tablet in case it broke or was lost.

Leo says if it's just not on, it probably lost its charge. Paul should plug it in and let it sit for a long time. Then log in and reset the default settings. That should bring it back up and running. But if not, it was only $60 and he isn't out much. Can he take it apart and fix the screen? Leo says maybe.

What mobile phones have swappable batteries?

Mark from WGMD

Episode 1195

Mark is on his third HTC One phone. It keeps breaking and has lousy battery life. Leo says that is the most annoying thing about smartphones is battery life. It's awful. There are two ways that Android phone manufacturers have addressed it ... the first is Quick Charge, which will recharge your phone in about an hour. The other options is to choose an Android model that allows you to swap out a secondary battery. LG has the G4 and it's easy to open and replace the battery. In fact, LG offers a second battery in a kit with a mini sd card. The Samsung Galaxy Note IV is another.

How can I get notifications to my Android phone from Exchange?

Ryan from Huntington Beach, CA

Episode 1195

Ryan got a new Android phone from Alcatel recently, but it doesn't support notifications for his help messages through Exchange. It only notifies him for messages in his inbox. He tried Outlook and it didn't work. He had the same problem with Boomerang. Leo's used K-9, and if anything, that would be the one to get. Sadly, Google's app only works with Gmail, not Exchange.

Can I install Android KitKat on a Nexus 6?

Vladimir from Carlsbad, CA

Episode 1185

Vladimir has a BMW i3 and wonders if he can integrate his smartphone with it. On his previous car, he had to manually enter all his contacts and it was tedious. Leo says that his car copied over his contacts so it was pretty easy. Vladimir got the numbers, but not the addresses, though. Leo says that Audi's do addresses. Vladimir used a phone with KitKat and it worked just fine, so that's a workaround. Leo says that's very odd. But at least he got the data in. But it sounds like maybe a Lollipop security feature prevented it from doing addresses.

Should I buy the Samsung Galaxy Note IV Edge?

Episode 1185

Robert from Greensboro, NC
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Dave loves his Samsung Galaxy Note II, but he's looking to upgrade. Leo says that he should get the Galaxy Note IV. It has a great camera and nice screen. Should he get the Galaxy Note Edge? Leo says the Edge is kind of gimmicky. Some people like it and he likes the look of the S6 Edge, but the Note IV Edge is completely different with a separate screen. Leo says it's not worth the extra $100 for it, that's for sure.

How can I improve my smartphone images?

Episode 1184

Art from Santa Ana, CA
Samsung Galaxy S5

Art upgraded to the Samsung Galaxy S5 and he can't select a smaller image to send via text or email anymore. Leo says that he always sets images to the highest resolution, bandwidth be darned. But if he's texting them, he doesn't want to send gigantic images anyway. Art should look into his camera settings to see what the lowest image setting is. Better yet, try another camera app. There's plenty of them out there, like the Google camera, which he can probably get a lower resolution setting in.