Mobile Phones

Would I get better reception with a phone on a regular plan versus a prepaid plan?

Episode 1334

Conrad from Louisiana
Ringke iPhone 5 Case

Conrad just got a cell phone on a prepaid plan. From what he understands, though, getting a phone on a regular contract plan would give him better reception. Leo doesn't think that's true, and says the phones are the same, and the only difference is how he would pay. Admittedly, these cheaper "Go Phones" are not the best phones. Truthfully, though, sometimes the lower priced phones have better antennas than the higher end smartphones because manufacturers try to hide and minimize antenna lines for cosmetic purposes.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1333

Dick DeBartolo

This week's gadget is for your mobile phone. It's called the Joby GripTight POV Kit. This small, lightweight device provides a handheld, stable locking smartphone grip. With the handle folded behind the smart phone, it's a great camera grip. With the handle folded under the smart phone, it's a steady video grip. Folded slightly open, the handle makes the POV into a handy viewing stand. The integrated Impulse Bluetooth remote attaches to the GripTight POV Kit providing a point-and-shoot shutter feature while also enabling users to capture photos and videos from afar.

Where can I sell my old iPhone?

Episode 1333

Sam from Orange County, CA
Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

Sam has an iPhone 6 Plus and he's going to be upgrading. He wants to know how he can sell his old phone. Leo says he'll get the most money by selling on eBay, but Apple will buy it back and he can just trade it in for the new iPhone 7 Plus. There's also Gazelle. They will give him a good price because the resale value is very high. His carrier will also buy it back, as will Best Buy, but at a fixed price. Gazelle will probably give him a better deal.

(Disclaimer: Gazelle is a sponsor)

Leo Reviews the Google Pixel

Episode 1333

Google Pixel

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.

Can I bring my mobile phone to a new carrier?

Episode 1332

Steven from New Jersey
Apple iPhone 7 Plus

Steven has a Motorola Droid phone and he has to move over to Sprint. But if he does, he has to get another phone and he doesn't want to lose the great battery life with his Droid. Leo says he doesn't have to get the phone from Sprint. His old Droid is probably carrier locked and if he's paid for it and is in good standing, he can request that they unlock it. Once that's done, he can take it to Sprint. If they refuse, he'll have to get another phone. His choices are going to get more limited because battery life is decreasing. Right now, the iPhone 7 Plus has the best battery life.

Why does my mobile phone have ads?

Episode 1332

Rob from Long Beach, CA
Moto G from Amazon

Rob bought a Motorola Moto G and every time he turns it back on, he gets a ton of ads from Sprint. Leo says that it could be Sprint that's doing it, but they say it's an app virus. Leo says that Amazon sells subsidized devices which would give him Amazon ads. So if Rob bought it from Amazon, he'll get lock screen offers and ads. That doesn't mean he's stuck, though. He can root the phone and put another ROM on it.

How can I free up space on my mobile phone?

Jim from Santa Barbara, CA

Episode 1332

Jim's LG phone is constantly being filled up. Leo says that's because it's an 8GB phone and the OS itself takes up over half of it. That's why they can give these phones away for free. Nobody really should sell an 8GB phone.

Jim can clear out temp files and get rid of unused apps, then save all of his photos and videos to Google Photos. He can do the same thing for music with Google Play. Ultimately, Jim just needs a phone with a larger storage capacity.

What Android phone should I buy?

Episode 1331

Pete from Clinton Township, AL
Google Pixel

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.