Mobile Phones

Tech Bloggers Rush Out Reviews of Google Pixel 2

Episode 1440

Pixel 2 XL

Leo says that phone manufacturers like Apple and Google are taking advantage of the hyper-competitive nature of the tech blogging world by only giving out limited quantities of smartphones, and at the very last minute for only 24 hours. This strategy was pretty interesting because it gave bloggers limited hands-on time with their latest phones before they had to publish a review. As such, Leo says they didn't really have time to focus on bread and butter features like battery life or issues like screen burn-in. Instead, they're focusing on the newest features.

Why doesn't my password vault work in iOS 11?

Episode 1439

Fred from Anchorage, AL
LastPass

Fred has an iPhone 6 that's been updated to iOS 11. But when he updated it, he lost his password vault file. Leo says that Apple discontinued support for 32-bit apps in iOS11 and as such, a lot of apps simply broke and stopped working. They won't work unless the developer updates them. Fred will have to contact the app developer and see if they're working on a solution. If it backed up the data to DropBox then he may see it there.

Why does my phone butt dial?

Episode 1438

Dave from Ridgecrest, CA
Feature Phone

Dave has a problem with a Tracfone that "butt dials" 911. What can he do? Leo says that there's a feature in Tracfone that has physical buttons and a lock that prevents them from being depressed when he has it in his pocket. Modern phones solve this problem with lock screens, but Leo says it doesn't always work either because people don't wait until the screen locks before putting the phone in their pocket. It could be that his phone lock is broken.

One Week with the iPhone X

Episode 1438

One week with the iPhone X and Leo says he's still digging' it. But he's still smarting over the price because he thinks the iPhone X is the phone that everyone should have moving forward. But that cost is staggering. Things he really likes is the Clips app that allows you to put yourself into different scenes, which maps the world around you and sticks you into augmented reality with amazing speed.

Is there a bug in the iPhone X's ringer?

Episode 1437

Todd from New Jersey
Apple iPhone X

Todd just got the iPhone X. He likes it. He doesn't even notice "the notch." Leo says you don't really notice it until you see a page that has a white background. Then it pops. And there are some apps that have to be updated to make room for it. David thinks there may be a bug though. When the screen is unlocked, the ring isn't very loud when he gets a call. Leo says that's probably a feature since he's already looking at the phone. So why would he need a loud ring?

What phone should I buy for controlling a drone?

Episode 1437

John from Long Island, NY
iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

Joe is frustrated with replacement iPhones because they keep failing with the dreaded touch screen disease. So he bought a brand new one for navigating his DJI drone. How does it restore the old apps? Leo says it doesn't. It always goes out and gets the newer version. If he prefers the older version, he may be out of luck. But he doesn't want a SIM card for it. Leo says to use his own SIM card to activate the phone. Then pop it back out and it should stay activated.

Can I unlock my iPhone X?

Episode 1437

Howard from Mission Viejo, CA
iPhone X

Howard is going to get an iPhone X, but can he get an unlocked one? Leo says not yet. Apple will eventually do that, but if he buys the Verizon version, a SIM from any carrier will work because they have all the radios and Verizon is under an order from the federal government to unlock all phone's LTE SIMs. It's not exactly an unlocked phone per se, but it works like one.

He should check out iMore's article: "Here's now to buy an iPhone X that's unlocked."

Should I turn off my phone's background refresh and location services to save battery life?

Episode 1437

Mike from Maine
iOS Privacy Settings

Mike just upgraded to iOS 11.1 and he's wondering if turning off Background App Refresh and Location Services will save battery life. Does it make a difference? Leo says that he would do that for privacy issues rather than battery life. It's a good idea to change it to use his location only when the app is working. Apple would let him decide both by app. Leo does recommend leaving it on for his maps app, though. Apple does a very good job of managing battery life, and in most cases, turning off all those services is a finesse he doesn't need to really hassle with.