Mobile Phones

How can I get video off of an old flip phone?

Mark from Albany, OR

Episode 1171

Mark has a bunch of old phones, including one from Cingular which has a very important video clip on it. How can he get it off? Could he just hold up another phone and playback and recapture it? Leo says it won't be ideal, but it's a good stopgap measure. The Bluetooth standard is so old on that phone that it can't pair with anything. It wouldn't help anyway, since it didn't support Bluetooth back then.

How can I return a lost iPhone?

Episode 1171

Pete from Brooklyn, NY
iPhone 6

Pete found an iPhone on the road and it's locked. How can he track down the owner and get it back to them? Leo says that there really isn't much he can do other than file a 'found phone' report. He could interact with Siri and see if he can get information from her. In fact, he can use Siri to return it, according to 9to5Mac. But if Siri has been disabled, there really isn't a lot he can do. He could also contact Apple. Maybe they can help.

What can I buy in China that isn't here in the US?

James from Niles, MI

Episode 1170

James' wife is going to China in a few weeks and he wants to know if there's anything new over there that isn't over here that she can pick up for him. Leo says that while manufacturing is mostly in China, a lot of the innovation still happens in the US. But Xiaomi makes some amazing phones that aren't available here in the US. There's also a lot of clones of iPhones and other devices there that look like iPhones, but are really Android phones that have been skinned to look like iOS.

How can I find out if my phone will work where I travel?

Tim from Cape Cod, RI

Episode 1170

Tim is looking to get a cell phone that is GSM compatible for travel, and he wants to get the most compatible phone he can. Where can he find a good breakdown of that? Leo says that GSMArena.com is great because it provides the specs for all the phones and what radio frequencies they support. There's also WillMyPhonework.net.

Should I upgrade to an iPhone 6 or go with the Samsung Galaxy S6?

Episode 1168

Brad from Pensacola, FL
Samsung Galaxy S6

Brad wants to know if he should get an iPhone 6 or wait for the Samsung Galaxy S6. He has an iPhone 5 and he hates it. Leo says the camera in the S6 is pretty good, but it may not be better than the iPhone 6, which is amazing. The Galaxy Note 4 has a camera that will probably be the same one as the S6 and it's great. But it may be a jarring jump to go from iPhone to Android.