Mobile Phones

Should I buy a Lenovo laptop?

Episode 1344

Dave from Escondido, CA
Google Pixel

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.

What's a good low budget Android phone?

Episode 1341

Dwayne from Las Vegas, NV
OnePlus 3T

Dwayne is a taxi driver and he uses his Samsung Galaxy Note 4 phone all the time for multi tasking on his job, but he's starting to have issues with it. Leo says that it's probably time to get a new phone, but he doesn't have to spend $800. There are some great lower cost Android phones that can do just as well. Should Samsung sell refurbished Note 7s with smaller batteries that won't catch fire, then Dwayne should be able to get it at a bargain basement price. So Dwayne should keep his eyes peeled.

Why does my phone say it's connected via USB when it isn't?

Episode 1339

Mike from Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Mike's Galaxy S7 Edge keeps pinging that it's connected to a USB even when it isn't. Leo says that could be a ghost issue. He should turn off USB debugging in the developer settings. He needs to go to into Settings > About Phone, and tap the build number 10 times. Then he'll get into the developer's menu. He should check his phone's USB port for fuzz. He can also try resetting the phone. Then before he reinstalls his apps, he should make sure it isn't happening. If it does still happen, then he does have a hardware problem. If it doesn't, then an app is likely the culprit.

Should I buy the Google Pixel?

Episode 1338

Glen from Witchita, KS
Google Pixel

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.

Is there a phone that will auto answer?

Rod from Malibu, CA

Episode 1335

Rod is looking for a smartphone that has a special feature. His old flip phone had an 'auto answer' feature where he wouldn't ever have to touch the phone. Leo says that any Android phone has that feature, but it's buried deep in the settings. It's buried so deep that many stores don't know about it. iPhone even has this ability in Settings > Accessibility. So he should start with that. Some have a feature that will answer when the phone is raised up.