Mobile Phones

New iPhones Announced, but the Note 8 Is Here Now

Episode 1423

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Apple unveiled the new iPhone 8, 8 Plus and the tenth anniversary iPhone X, but Leo says he's not really thrilled. Leo says it's more of a refresh of the iPhone 7, and the iPhone X is too expensive. But it does have wireless charging via Qi, which is good.

Leo is more excited about the new Android phones coming out, especially the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The Note 8 also has wireless Qi charging, and an OLED screen. And you don't have to wait until November or later to get it, like the iPhone X.

What's a good mini Bluetooth keyboard?

Episode 1422

Greg from Minnesota
Rii i8+

Greg is locked into using an old phone because his skin is too dry to use a touch screen. Is there a smartphone that has raised keys anymore? Leo says Greg could use a standard Bluetooth keyboard with any smartphone and that would solve a lot of his problem. Leo recommends the Aerb wireless keyboard at Amazon. It has a trackpad with it, and is only the size of a game controller. The RII i28 is another one.

Code Leak in iOS 11 Says New iPhone will be iPhone 8

Episode 1421

https://www.flickr.com/photos/iphonedigital/31439357870

Code embedded into beta releases of iOS 11 reveal that Apple may be calling the new iPhone the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. The same code indicates that the tenth anniversary iPhone will be called iPhone X. But Leo doesn't buy it. He says that Apple has never used the X in anything but OS X, and that the current trend for higher end models is to call them the Pro line. So Leo believes the tenth anniversary iPhone will be called the iPhone Pro. But the 10th anniversary is still significant and unique. We'll find out on Tuesday, Sept. 12th.

Will heat degrade my phone battery?

Episode 1419

Bruce from Pasadena, CA
Lithium Ion Battery

Bruce hears that the lifespan of lithium ion batteries get reduced by heat. Leo says that's correct, and right now it's really hot out. That's why phones will shut down when it gets too hot. It's a safety program to protect the battery from damage. So Bruce should keep his phone out of the sun. He shouldn't let them get any hotter than normal. Even during hot days, the shade will reduce the heat by at least 10 degrees. On the other end, he'll want to avoid extreme cold as well. It does the same thing.

How can I get a Note VII Fan Edition?

Episode 1419

Sharise from Lancaster, CA
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition

Sharise used to have a Samsung Note VII that she returned as requested. Now she hears that she could get a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition by trading in an older Note. She has a Note IV but they won't take it. Leo says that one option would be to go on eBay and buy a used Note V. Leo says that they are only selling in South Korea, but she could get it on eBay. They aren't cheap, though.