Ron's Dell computer is having trouble connecting and he has a hunch the network adapter is dying. He's tried different software, but hasn't been able to get it to work. Leo says that the adapter is soldered to the motherboard and to fix that would require changing the motherboard. But he can buy a USB to Ethernet network connector for $12 from monoprice.com.
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.
Dennis is looking to get a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 for $150. Leo says that sounds like a subsidized price, and while he's saving the money up front, he'll be paying a lot more over the course of 2 years. Is the Note 4 better at $150 more? Leo says it's an amazing phone, as they all have been. Better screen and camera, and a faster processor. He's more likely to get updates for it.
If the Galaxy Note 3 is brand new, then it's an apples to apples comparison. If the $150 difference is an issue, then he shouldn't hesitate, and get the Note 3.
Benny is looking to buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Leo says it's an excellent choice. Benny is wondering about all the junk that Samsung puts on their devices, though. Leo says that while it got pretty bad with with the Galaxy S4 and S5, the Note has been a different story of late. Samsung has backed away from its software obsessions.
Barbara dropped her old iPhone and now she needs to get a new phone. She wants something simple that will be easy to use. What should she get? Leo sent his mom the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It has a simple mode which is nice. But Leo doesn't recommend Android to electronically challenged users.
Leo says that the Note 3 is still a great phone. But the Note 4 has a far higher resolution with 500dpi. The Camera is highly improved. The Note 4 is far more Google and has less of a Samsung presence. If Joe's due for an upgrade, he may as well consider it. But if he bought a Note 3 recently, no real need to upgrade yet. But eventually he will want to.
Paula is thinking of switching from the Samsung Galaxy SIII to the iPhone 6 Plus. She uses Outlook, and was told it's not a problem to use with the iPhone. Leo says that syncing Outlook isn't really a good solution because Google killed the ability to sync with it. Since Paula is currently using Google Calendar and Contacts on Android, it would be best to just stick with that.
Jason wants to get a new Galaxy Note 4, but he doesn't want to lose his unlimited data plan. Leo says that AT&T is always looking for a reason to take unlimited data away from those who are left using it. And frankly, most people who have it don't use that much data and they're really paying for what they don't use. Either Jason could get a plan that would cover the data he uses, or he could go to T-Mobile and get unlimited. Most of their plans are unlimited, but would throttle his speeds after he reaches a certain limit.
Austin has a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and he's due for an upgrade. What phone should he get? Leo says that if he likes the Note 3, he'll love the Note 4. Early reviews have been great.