Dickie D went to the Samsung Galaxy S4 announcement at the Radio City Music Hall. He thought it was way too long and a bit schmuzty. And he got to spend three whole minutes with the S4. The bezzle is much thinner. Leo says it's slightly smaller than the S3 with a larger screen. He's happy that you can replace the 2600- mAh battery so he can swap them out. Dick says the screen is beautiful. Will Dick upgrade? He pretty much says he will. If it's about $200 with a contract.
Samsung announced an 8 and 4 core Galaxy S4 this week with a strange collection of broadway style skits to highlight some pretty amazing features. Leo says that Samsung seems to be replacing your computer with it because of it's power and features.
Leo says that the S4 is making Apple fall behind due to it's yearly release schedule on phones. Is Apple on the right track with it's "tick-tock" release schedule every few years or is it falling behind to Android's lightning evolution?
Leo says if the head unit in the car has bluetooth, that would be the easiest way. Dave says his car does not have bluetooth, though.
Another possibility is to connect the phone via USB instead. Or he could try getting an adapter, like this one from Belkin, to go from the iPod 30 pin connector to USB.
Eric's TV recently died and he's in the market for a new one. He's got a house that does have bright ambient light and would cause glare. Leo says that LCD is much better for rooms with that kind of lighting.
First of all, he should know that he cannot judge a TV on any showroom floor. They've set these TVs to a mode that is very bright and will appeal to people, but it's not how he'd want to watch it at home.
The word slipped out this week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, that Samsung will be announcing the Galaxy SIV Android phone on March 15th. Meanwhile, HTC will be releasing the HTC One on that same day. So there's yet another great pair of Android options out there.
It's a good idea to get a large microSD card for larger files. Then he can use to get the files on his phone. Leo also recommends getting an additional battery, since the Note II allows him to switch out the battery.
There are over 250,000 apps in the Google Play store, but here are some essentials:
Kirks wants to know if Leo has used the Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T convertible Tablet. Leo says he likes it. He says it's Samsung's response to the Windows Surface Pro. A bit more expensive, with the same graphics card and i5 processor.
Max is on his second Samsung Galaxy Note II. He's been having issues with connecting to WiFi at home. He returned it and the new one solved the issue. Now he needs to update his software, but his Gmail app won't work. The Verizon rep says that the install failed and he has to send the phone back to Verizon to be reinstalled. Max understands but he's frustrated that he got no notification that the install failed.
Since these phones are more computers than they are phones, Leo likes having the biggest screen he can get. It's available in black and white, but it's the same phone aside from the colors.
As far as the phone goes, it's pretty much the same thing as the Samsung Galaxy S III, except it has a bigger screen, more memory and faster processor. It also has two radios for cellular and voice so that it allows for talking and surfing at the same time on a CDMA network like Verizon. Apple didn't put this in the iPhone 5 for some reason.