Mike is getting his first smartphone and wants to know what he should get. Leo says that for a first timer, iPhones are popular, but it's not necessarily the best choice. Leo says that a Windows Phone is a good option because it's very easy to use. It doesn't have all the apps, but it has everything a beginner needs.
Hammid made a video on his phone and wants to upload it to YouTube. Leo says it's never been easier to upload to YouTube. He just has to log into YouTube through the settings of his phone and then share it straight from the phone. Or, he could just connect to iTunes, get the video off it, and then upload it. YouTube also has an app to do this. Hammid could use the YouTube Capture app, which will shoot the video and upload it automatically.
Blackberry reported a $4.4 billion loss in the third quarter, as it struggles to stay relevant against makers Samsung, Apple, and Motorola. Since the Canadian government won't allow for Blackberry's phone division to be sold outside of Canada, Blackberry has made a deal with Foxconn to produce devices for the Asian markets.
BlackBerry Inks Foxconn Deal After Dismal Quarter (PCMag)…
California Senator Mark Leno has introduced legislation that would force phone companies to implement a "kill switch" to deter smartphone theft. This would make lost or stolen phones inoperable.
Dan is looking for a cheap smartphone for his mom and wants to know what Leo thinks of the Motorola Moto G. Leo says at $180 without contract, it's a great, inexpensive phone. It's largely the same as the Moto X, except for the screen.
Joe is hard of hearing and he can't use a smartphone because the ringer is too soft. Leo says that texting may be a good solution, but a mobile phone should be able to be loud enough for the hearing impaired to pick up. Leo got his mom a Jitterbug. Jitterbug also has smartphones. They are hearing aid compatible, but also has a large speaker with great sound. Leo also suggests talking to his cellphone carrier. TTPhone makes a senior phone with big buttons and loud speakers.
Roseanne is getting rid of her land line and is trying to decide between T-Mobile with a lot of data and having to buy a phone, or a free phone from AT&T. Leo says it doesn't really matter price wise, because the price is hidden in the contract with the so-called "free phone." It's just financed. T-Mobile is up front.
Leo says the only downside for only having a cell phone is 911. It gets routed to a regional center, which can take longer to get a response. She can, however, register her address with the regional 911 so they know exactly where to send help.
Google released its next smart phone, called Nexus 5, made by LG. Like the previous Nexus phone, Google sells this unlocked and unsubsidized starting at $349 -- that's nearly half the cost of buying most competing smartphones unsubsidized. Make sure to buy it from the Google Play store though, because other retailers like Best Buy currently sell it for around $700 instead! This may be because there's a longer wait to get it from the Play store at this time.
Bob is looking to get a new cellphone to replace his old Motorola Razr flip phone. He's wondering about the Moto X. Leo loves the Moto-X! It's especially cool because it's made in the USA, and can customize the colors. Leo says Google Now works great also.