Milian wants to know why he can't use his maps app on his Samsung Galaxy S5. Leo says that Milian may have not given the app permission to use his location and as such, it won't access the GPS. But if it used to work, then there may be a hardware issue, like a flakey antenna. It may have a lose connection. He may want to go to the store and ask them to check it. If it's out of warranty, then it may be time to get a new phone and the timing is perfect since the Samsung Galaxy S8 is coming out this week. That will drop the price of the S7 as well.
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Pamela got a replacement Galaxy S5 phone from Samsung, but it came with no battery. Where can she find one? There are reputable third party battery makers out there. Leo says that she can look to Amazon for it. Pam is also due for an upgrade. Should she get an Samsung Galaxy S7? Leo says that the S7 is much better than the S5, but it doesn't have a removable battery. The camera is remarkable, though. Another option is the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, but the Galaxy S7 is the phone of the year.
Chip has a Samsung Galaxy S5 & S3 and his images are disappearing, in lieu of so called "no media" files. Leo says that usually indicates that the internal storage is failing. Leo says he's not supposed to see the no media files at all. So if they're appearing, there's definitely an issue. He could try clearing the phone's cache. He should also make sure he accepts the updates. Leo's also suspecting that there's an app on the phones that is causing bad behavior. Bringing the OS up to date can often fix issues like this.
Alan is having an issue with his new phone where he tries to use OK Google and he can only do it once, then it ignores him. Leo says that's an odd behavior. If he sees a wavy line, the phone is listening. But if it doesn't hear him to begin with, it may be a conflict between OK Google and Samsung's S Voice feature. Leo recommends going into settings to disable it or make it not active. It's likely that the Google Voice recognition and Samsung voice recognition are in conflict.
Earl's daughter lives in China and wants to get a new Android phone. She wants a Samsung Galaxy S5. Leo says that she should probably wait and get the Xiao Mi Note 4 in China. There's a different Galaxy S5 for every region, and if she gets an S5 in the US, it may not work in China. So if she wants an S5, she needs to get the G9009D version to be supported in China. The iPhone would also work.
Steven needs to upgrade his Android phone. For him, the Note is too big, and the Galaxy 5 has too short of battery life. What about the Droid Turbo? Leo says that at 5", it's a nice size. It's essentially a Moto X with a giant battery and supurb screen. It's very crisp and has many of the Moto X features. If he's on Verizon, the Droid Turbo is among the best.
Andy has to replace his old flip phone, and he wants a smart phone with a good camera. Leo says that the smartphones have gotten really good, especially with cameras, but they don't have an optical zoom. Is there one as good as a DSLR? Leo says no, he won't get one as good as a Nikon, for sure.
Kelly has an old Casio Brigade phone, but it can't hold a charge anymore, so he got a new Samsung Galaxy S5. But when he's out in survival training, he isn't much of a fan of the battery life. Leo says that the battery life isn't all that great, but the good news is that he can swap out the battery. He should buy a bunch of spare batteries and then he can swap them out in the field. And he can even buy a solar charger and charge them up when not using them.
Dave wants to know what phone would be better: the Sony Xperia Z3 or the Samsung Galaxy S5. Leo says that the S5 is waterproof like the Z3, but it has a better camera. Leo adds that TWiT staff have tested the S5 and it's pretty good. There's a test video of a third party testing both phones here.
Jonathan is ditching his iPhone 5s and moving to T-Mobile. He's trying to decide between the HTC One, the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Google Nexus 5. Leo says that the Nexus 5 is the pure Google experience with no added "skins" or bloatware. This means it will always get updated right when Google releases a new version of Android. Leo likes the HTC One, but it's a bit smaller. Leo isn't a fan of Samsung because they put too much bloatware on their phones. The Galaxy S5 isn't bad, but has a cheap plastic feel to it.