Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1239

Scott Wilkinson

Black Friday is coming this week and Scott says there's going to be some amazing deals on Samsung TVs. And you don't have to wait in line to get them, you can shop online. Scott is seeing deals of up to 60% off really good JS UHD models that have high dynamic range. Scott says it's likely to clear out inventory to make room for the 2016 models which will come out in the Spring. Leo says that the deals are unbelievable, especially coming directly from Samsung. Sony is going to have some deals as well, but we haven't seen details yet.

Will European cell phones work in the US?

Carol from Manhattan Beach, CA

Episode 1238

Carol wants a bronze gold Samsung Galaxy Note IV but they're only sold in Europe. Will it work in the US? Leo says it will with T-Mobile. She should check out and make sure it's carrier unlocked. She'll also want to be sure that all US frequencies are supported. It may not support LTE. But Leo gets his phones from Expansys. They'll tell you if it supports all the frequencies in the US.

How can I stop my TV from adding channels?

Episode 1238

Sarafine from Studio City, CA
Samsung TV

Sarafine has a Samsung TV that keeps adding channels that she doesn't want, causing her to delete them manually. Leo says that's Samsung. Their software is terrible and it's likely that it's automatically adding them in an attempt to be smart. She can probably go into the TV settings and disable those automatic settings. But Leo says it'll be tedious because the settings aren't very user friendly. She should look for "autoscan" or "autoupdate". It she can't find that, she may be stuck.

Why won't the Samsung 850 EVO SSD work with Windows 10?

Episode 1236

Jack from Hampton, NH
Samsung EVO 850

Jack has the Samsung 850 EVO SSD, and it was working fine until he upgraded to Windows 10. The software that came on the disk worked under Windows 7, but not Windows 10. Leo says he shouldn't need the software that comes on the disk. The SSD should be like any other hard drive, where he should be able to format and run it. He should repartition it and then choose it when he sets up Windows 10.

Why do apps crash on my Android phone?

DeeDee from Minneapolis, MN

Episode 1220

DeeDee has a Samsung Galaxy S3 and has been having issues with apps crashing. Leo says that the Samsung TouchWiz interface could be causing the issue. Phones with a pure version of Android like the OnePlus Two and the Google Nexus never have the issue. So the interface is just taking up too much RAM as it's running on top of Android. Android also needs more memory. Leo advises doing a complete reset and avoid modern games because they expect a more powerful processor to run.

Should I avoid the Galaxy Note 5 because the stylus gets stuck when inserted incorrectly?

Episode 1216

Frank from Michigan
Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Frank saw that Leo got his S Pen stuck in his Samsung Galaxy Note 5, and is wondering if he should avoid buying that phone. Leo says there's only two features he'd miss out on if he were to do the same thing, but the pen itself should still work. He'd just lose the ability to write on the screen while the screen is darkened, and the notification if he leaves the pen behind.

How can I transfer apps from my old phone to my new phone?

Episode 1201

G. Scott from Minnesota
Samsung Galaxy Note 4

G. Scott has finally ordered a Samsung Galaxy Note IV. How can he move his apps from his old Note II to his new Note IV? Leo says that with Android 5.0, he can copy everything over via Bluetooth with a tap. But he'll also want the latest apps, and that will require downloading his apps, which he'll want anyway. Android has a backup to Google option, then he can restore the settings and the list of apps to his new phone.