Leo dropped his Samsung Galaxy S7 EDGE and broke the back side, while his host for All About Android dropped his S7 and broke the front screen. Leo says that S7 is very slippery and hard to keep hold of by casually holding the phone. it's a pity because it's a great phone, but if you're prone to drop your phone, you should think twice about an S7.
Paul can't decide between the Vizio and Samsung 32" HDTVs. Leo says he owns both and he thinks that Vizio has the better 'smart' software, and Scott agrees. As for audio quality, Scott says it's not that good on either TV. Leo agrees and says that none of the TV manufacturers put much thought into the speakers since they expect users to already have home theater systems.
Leo got the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and here's his first impressions:
An appellate court overturned a $120 million dollar patent judgement against Samsung this week, saying that while Apple did rightfully have a patent that Samsung violated, two others never should have been granted to Apple.
Read more at Reuters.com
Samsung announced today new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge mobile phones, Gear VR Headset and a new Gear 360º camera which will stream live to Gear devices. Leo says that being number 2, Samsung has decided to go all in with creating an ecosystem much like Apple enjoys, rather than be over reliant on an open source architecture driven solely by Android. The phone will go on sale next month and Samsung said they will toss in a Gear VR Headset for those who buy into it.
Zuckerberg also took to the stage to talk about the new partnership and how Facebook will become more and more VR centric.
BJ wants to know how the Motorola Moto X Pure stacks up against the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Leo says that the Moto X Pure has a nice screen and a great pure Google experience. The Galaxy S6 Edge has a much nicer screen, but he doesn't like Samsung's TouchWiz overlay. BJ also hates the Motorola tech support. Leo says that Samsung's isn't much better and both expect the carrier to support it.
Kenny wants to root his new Samsung Galaxy S4 phone to update the OS to Marshmallow. Leo says rooting the phone will give him administrator priviledges, and Samsung discourages it because their security features could get bypassed by a malicious app. If he roots it, he won't be able to use Samsung Pay either.
As if Samsung didn't learn a harsh enough lesson from being sued by Apple a few years back over copied designs of the iPhone, the mobile phone maker may be announcing pressure sensitive screens in the new Galaxy S7. Apple was the first to create this with its '3D Touch' on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.
Read more at WSJ.com.
Abby's TV is starting to die and they want to buy a new 50" LCD TV. Sadly, they missed Black Friday. Leo says the good news is that Samsung's Black Friday deal runs until the end of the month, so she's not out of luck yet. And they're selling them for half price. Should they buy a 4K TV? Leo says he isn't really sure it's time for it yet, as there's still no content for it. She could stream Netflix with it at 4K, but it's going to kill her bandwidth. Also, she'd have to get a 4K Blu-ray player, but there won't be many available until next year.
Dave also wants to know why the Nexus 7 slows down so much? Leo recommends doing an update. The latest versions of Android have "trim" which streamlines the RAM, making the tablet run faster. Should he upgrade to the Nexus 9? Leo says no. There are better options out there like the Samsung Galaxy Tab. The Nexus 9 is too expensive and a bit clunky.