Mobile Phones

What new Android phone should I buy?

Episode 1434

Richard from Poway, CA
Pixel 2 XL

Richard really likes his phone, but the battery is starting to run out and Verizon says that since the battery is built-in, it can't be replaced. He'll have to replace the whole phone. Leo says that drives him nuts. Richard has a perfectly good phone that he likes, but he has to go to the extra expense of upgrading a phone and throw his old one away. What phone should he get now? Leo says that Google's Pixel 2 XL is exclusive to Verizon and it's a great phone. It runs pure Android. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is another great option, with a great screen.

The iPhone X Pre-order Was a Mess

Episode 1434

Apple iPhone X

Leo says that the iPhone X pre-order was a total mess, as it usually is. The iPhone 8 pre-order, on the other hand, was easy and Leo says that's because most people didn't want it. They waited for the iPhone X. It was also very difficult to get one on November 3rd because they are in limited supplies. Leo is getting his the week after. Leo says he's rather tired of the whole upgrade rat race, too, and he's embarrassed by the whole process. If he didn't have to review these things, he'd likely just get off the train altogether.

Is my new iPhone a lemon?

Episode 1434

Joshua from Mira Loma, CA
iPhone 8 Plus

Joshua has a love-hate relationship with his new iPhone. It's freezing up a lot. iOS11 also has a glitchy screen, too. Leo suspects that it's a Lemon and since it's within about 3 weeks, he should be able to get a new one. Leo says there's some good features in it and if he brings it back to the store, they should be able to swap it out. It's definitely a lemon. That's all behavior that isn't normal. Battery life isn't as good as the iPhone 7, but not as bad as Joshua is complaining about.

Users Complain of Pixel 2 XL Screen Problems

Episode 1433

Pixel 2 XL

The Google Pixel 2 XL came out this week and users are complaining of a "blotchy" screen when you turn the brightness down. Leo also says that there's been burn in complaints on the screen's OLED display. Leo went in to look at it in the store and turned it down and said that the difference in the display didn't bother him. But he does like the LG V30, which has the same display.

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Should I make the switch to Android?

Episode 1432

David from Colorado Springs, CO
Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

David is looking at the Google Pixel 2 XL but he's worried about losing accessibility on his iPhone. Leo says that Google isn't going to take their apps off iOS any time soon. The Pixel 2 XL is a worthy contender if he chooses to make the switch. Both are great phones. One argument in Apple's favor is that from a security point of view, he's safer because their ecosystem is closed versus Android's open source approach.

How can I disable the Bixby button on my phone?

Episode 1432

Dennis from Korea
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

Dennis is stationed in Korea and he's had to get a new Samsung Galaxy 8 Plus, but the Bixby feature drives him nuts. How can he turn it off? Leo says that the most recent update will allow him to disable the button. He'll just end up with the Bixby voice assistant instead, though. The pity is that Samsung still doesn't let you customize the button for another use.

How can I get my iPhone to stop asking me to update to iOS 11?

Episode 1431

George from Victor, MT
Apple iPhone 7

George has an iPhone 7 and he keeps getting asked to update iOS 11. His wife doesn't want to upgrade due to battery life issues. Leo says that he has iOS 11 and it runs just fine. A certain percentage may run into problems, even 1/10th of 1% would still be thousands. That's just the nature of the business. George doesn't know how to stop the notifications of iOS 11 other than to just ignore it. Once he upgrades, he can't go back. That's why the conventional wisdom is to wait a few weeks on updates, because there will be patches coming out in short order.

iPhone X Faces Production Issues

Episode 1431

Apple iPhone X

The iPhone X is about to be available for preorder on October 27th, and Leo says that most users have been waiting for it, choosing not to upgrade to the iPhone 8. But Leo says that users who have the iPhone 6S or 7 may choose to merely not upgrade at all, since the performance boost really isn't that significant. The $1,000 price tag could also be giving users pause. Those who will be buying it are likely doing it as a status symbol, not for any measurable improvement. Meanwhile, analysts are speculating that sales of the iPhone may be hampered by available supply.

What happened to camcorders?

Episode 1429

Vinesh from Riverside, CA
Canon Vixia camcorder

Vinesh has noticed that nobody calls about camcorders anymore. Leo says that the show evolves as technology evolves. It used to be primarily about Windows issues. Then it transitioned to internet issues. Then just about any hardware imaginable including cameras, mobile phones and the like. So it evolves constantly because technology is constantly evolving. Now that camcorders are becoming less useful due to how good the cameras have gotten in mobile phones, we don't get those calls much.