Joe has an old Vista computer that he uses mostly for syncing an old Windows Phone PDA. Joe would like to take that laptop and put Linux on it with an SSD. Leo says that Linux is a good idea, but that Vista laptop is probably not fast enough to get any great benefit from an SSD. But he should definitely install Linux on it. Leo likes XUbuntu and LUbuntu, which is designed to run on the older hardware.
Lester is looking to buy the LG V20 smartphone since he doesn't want to wait until March for the Google Pixel XL. Leo says based on the specs and reviews from people he trusts, it's a very nice phone. It has better battery life and a great camera. The Samsung Galaxy S7 is another alternative if he doesn't feel burned by the Note 7 debacle. LG makes really nice phones, so he really can't go wrong with it.
Rick wants to know about the new Google Pixel. He wants to leave Verizon but they're working overtime to lure him back. What he wants to know is if the Pixel from Verizon is the same as the Google version. Leo says that he used a Verizon Pixel with a T-Mobile SIM and it was functionally the same. Verizon may hold up updates, though. Google Fi may have that same problem because you have to use Verizon's network with it.
Dave has been Christmas shopping online and he found a great deal on a laptop with 16GB of RAM and dual drives with an SSD and a spinning drive. Leo says it's similar to the Mac Fusion drive, where it has the performance of an SSD and the storage space of a spinning drive. Dave is worried that Lenovo has put malware on it, though. Leo says that it was the Superfish adware, and Lenovo got caught doing that -- twice. They have since learned their lesson. Leo likes the Ideapad and at $749, it's a great deal.
Glen is thinking about getting a Google Pixel. How's the signal quality? Leo says that as far as he can tell, it gets great signal reception. But he says that's more due to the carriers, which also add Wi-Fi to calling. So the problems are being solved for coverage. They also use the same radio devices. There's no reason not to get the Pixel, except the price. It's expensive.
Leo got the Google Pixel and inevitably you're going to compare it to the iPhone 7. First off, it's expensive. Leo also says that the iPhone feels better crafted and better built than the Pixel. But Leo has always preferred the Android OS to the iPhone. Leo likes the aliases you can have with Android. Widgets are also great. The artificial intelligence called Google Assistant is remarkable. Light years ahead of Siri, which lately has gotten dumber. Speech recognition is nearly perfect on the Pixel, while Leo says he has a lot of trouble with Siri.
Pete has a Nexus 6 and is looking to get a new phone. Leo says that there are great phones out there, but he is now recommending to stick with Google and go with the Pixel.
What about the OnePlus? Leo says the One Plus 3 is great, but Pete should avoid the One Plus 2. If price is an issue, Pete could consider the One Plus 3, ZTE Axon 7, or Huawei 8. These are about $400.
Evan chose to replace his Note 7 with the fixed version and he's heard of several that have already caught fire. Leo says we don't know all the details, but it's not worth risking. Verizon has said they will take back the replacement for a refund and Leo advises Evan jump on that ASAP. Why take a chance? Leo is rapidly coming to the opinion that the only Android phone to have is the Google Android Phone: Pixel. But at $1,000 for 128GB, it's a bit pricey.
Alex has been told that Google Photos isn't really unlimited for original photos. Leo says that's correct, but they're pretty darn good. Google is also offering unlimited original backup if you buy a Pixel Phone and the images are taken with it. How does Google tell the difference? Leo says it's probably in metadata. Alex is also wondering if it's unlimted original JPEGs or original RAW? That is unknown. It's very confusing and Google should clear it up.
Google announced the new Pixel smartphone and for the top of the line model, it's going to set you back nearly a thousand dollars. Leo is amazed by this considering you can get a desktop or even a laptop for half that.