Mobile Phones

Is $1000 really too much to spend on a mobile phone?

Episode 1426

Tom from Wilmington, NC
Apple iPhone X

Tom has been working in the technology industry for decades and he views his mobile phone differently than most. It's like a super computer in your pocket. Leo agrees saying that it's rapidly becoming the main computer for all our lives, and when you consider the time you spend on it over two years, even buying a phone for $1,000 isn't all that much money considering how much they are used. It's a great investment. But even then, $1000 is a lot to spend up front for anyone. The irony is that while the cost of mobile phones seem to be rising, the cost of a desktop is falling.

How can I disable the Bixby button on my Samsung phone?

Episode 1426

Chris from Colorado
Samsung Galaxy S8

Chris wants to know if he can disable the Bixby button on his Samsung Galaxy S8. Leo says that there wasn't a way to do this until recently. The latest firmware update allows it. Chris just has to press the Bixby button and then the Settings gear, and he can disable it. Leo wishes Samsung would let users reassign that button to something useful. Leo also says that mobile phones are so matured in their design now, that there isn't much that phone companies can do except add features that nobody really wants, like a Bixby button or removing the headphone jack for wireless headphones.

iPhone 8 or Wait?

Episode 1426

Apple iPhone 8 Plus

Leo says that he's like many Apple fans, trying to decide on whether to buy the iPhone X, the iPhone 8, or just wait. Leo says that he bought them because he wants to review them. Leo also says that most people are calling the iPhone X the "ex," not the 10. Leo says that you won't be able to get the iPhone X until probably next year due to parts shortages for the FaceID feature. So should you wait or buy the 8? There's no real rush to get the new iPhone. It's easy to skip a generation or two, and that way, when you get a new phone, you can experience an exponential bump in performance.

Should I buy the Motorola Moto X?

Episode 1425

Mike from Demoines, IA
Motorola Moto X4

Michael is a Google Fi user and he's hearing about the Motorola Moto X4. When is it going to be out? Rich says it'll be out before the holidays, and Rich loves the Moto X. It's a great phone line. It features Pure Android, and a fingerprint reader on the front. It's easy to use, has dual cameras, and an ultra low light front facing camera. It has a high speed Snapdragon processor, and it works on Google Fi.

Should I switch to T-Mobile?

Episode 1425

Karen from Colorado
T-Mobile 55+ plan

Karen is thinking of moving over to T-Mobile from Google Fi. They have a good deal for people 55 and over. It should be about the same in quality, right? Rich says that Google Fi uses three different carriers, automatically switching to whichever one is best. It can be pricey for an unlimited user. If she doesn't use a lot of data, then Google Fi is a great 'pay as you go' plan. But T-Mobile has a great plan for those age 55 and over — 2 lines for $60. It's hard to beat that.

What app should I develop next?

Episode 1425

Joe from Gardena, CA
Apple iOS 11 App Store

Joe is an app developer and is looking to create an app for AR. Since Joe already has a parking app he's developed, Rich thinks he should elaborate on that and use the phone's camera to decipher parking signs. A user could simply point his or her camera at the sign, and the app could return a big check mark or red 'x' on if it's ok to park there at that time. The issue will be gathering the information for the backend. But if he can make submitting data easy and fun, and it works, then he'll have a winner.