Black Friday is a great time to be in the market for an HDTV, but a lot of the TVs aren’t even worth the outrageously low prices. Home Theater Expert Scott Wilkinson found some good deals to look out for:
Scott has heard that Chromebooks are being recalled. Leo says that the recall is applicable to the HP Chromebook, and it has to do with a potentially faulty power supply. So, just to be safe, HP is recalling them. This stuff happens and often it's just a precaution. Leo says that if he's going to get another one, avoid the Google brand because they are more expensive. The Acer and Samsung Chromebooks are a good deal.
Will also wants to know what backup app would be good for an Android phone that isn't rooted. Leo suggests Helium App Sync and Backup from Clockwork Mod. He can get it free from the Google Play store.
Scott had the same issue and it turned out to be the battery that was causing the issue. Swapping out batteries may solve it.
Jim went to Europe and used his Samsung Galaxy Note as his sole computer option. He used it for backing up the photos he took and then uploaded them to the cloud. Leo says that's a great idea. He wants to get a Note 3 but he's heard some bad things about it. Leo says that the Note 3 has some great features. First it's bigger in screen size, but thinner and actually smaller than the Note 2 because of the smaller bezel. The OLED does have very accurate color.
Ephram has a Samsung Galaxy S2 and he wants to link it to his car stereo to be hands free. He's using a headphone jack to plug into a cassette adapter. But he's getting volume issues. Leo says it's probably a cheap adapter. Try a better quality adapter that can filter out interference and you'll have a better go.
The watch works in concert with the Note and allows Leo to answer phones calls on the watch and even take pictures. So far, the Gear watch only works with the Note III, but Samsung plans on pairing it with other models as well.
Scott stayed at Leo's house for a few days while he was gone and calibrated the new OLED HDTV. Scott says it looks really great in Movie mode, set for "warm 2."
Tom recently bought a Samsung Galaxy SIV Phone and he's got a ton of apps he can't delete. He hates it! Leo says that it's worse for Tom because Rogers loads apps on the phone as well. Leo says there's very little free space as a result, so he'll end up relying on his microSD card. However, the card is a "second class citizen" in that not all apps or widgets can be moved onto the card. If he roots it, he'll get 12GB of free space.
Dennis is older and he's a bit overwhelmed by all the technology. He owns a business and he has to use an email device that texts. Leo suggests the Samsung Galaxy Note II because it's a phone with email and is large enough for reading. Leo got one for his mother and she loves it.
Anthony has the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and wants to know if the Note III is worth getting. Leo says the Note III was announced this week at IFA. It has a 5.7" screen, but not bigger than the Note 2. It's got a stitched leather back. It features a new pop-up menu when hovering the stylus over the screen. Multi-tasking improved, it has 3GB RAM, a 1280x1080p resolution screen, and a more powerful processor. It may just be worth upgrading to. It'll be here in early October.