Leo says that phone manufacturers like Apple and Google are taking advantage of the hyper-competitive nature of the tech blogging world by only giving out limited quantities of smartphones, and at the very last minute for only 24 hours. This strategy was pretty interesting because it gave bloggers limited hands-on time with their latest phones before they had to publish a review. As such, Leo says they didn't really have time to focus on bread and butter features like battery life or issues like screen burn-in. Instead, they're focusing on the newest features.
In the wake of the Texas church shooting, the FBI and the DOJ have discovered that the shooter's iPhone was encrypted. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says that "iPhone encryption costs lives."
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Carson's LG G3 broke, and he wants to know what Android phone he should get next. His budget is $250. Leo says he likes the Motorola G5 Plus. It won't have as good of a screen or camera as the flagship level smartphones that start at $600. That being said, the screen will be just fine and the camera is still pretty decent. Also, the nice thing about the Moto G5 is that it's fast enough, and Motorola keeps the operating system very clean. Motorola also keeps its phones up to date.
Justin Rosenstein, the man who created the Like button for Facebook, is now saying that it has become too addictive. He's blocked his own use of Reddit, Snapchat, and has imposed limits upon himself for Facebook. He even instructed his assistant to set up a parental-control feature to prevent him from downloading any apps. He fears a smartphone dystopia, and says that "our minds can be hijacked."
For those that like to make videos with a smartphone, then check out the Movo Smartphone Video Rig with a Stereo Microphone, Grip Handle, & Wrist Strap. (It's also available without the microphone kit for under $30.) This kit is designed to improve the production value of smartphone video by letting one add mics, lights, a tripod, etc. Perfect for live-streaming, vlogging, interviews, performances, etc. (There are three female 1/4" threads for mounting accessories and tripod.) Also an integrated cold shoe mount microphone & lights.
This week's gadget is the ONO $99 3D printer that uses your smartphone to act as the platform to print a 3D resin image. The smartphone is providing the visible light to harden the resin as it's printed. That means 3D objects can be created layer by layer using your smartphone’s screen as light source. A rough estimate of the maximum size of the 3-D build is 4.72" X 2.5" X 2".
Louie is thinking about getting the Motorola Moto Z Play. Leo says that it's an interesting concept where Motorola will be adding new features and modules over the next few years including upgraded speakers, better cameras, etc. It's a cool phone. The built-in camera isn't all that great, but it has a lot of promise.
Owning a smartphone can often be a balancing act of usage and power conservation. If you're noticing that your phone is draining a lot quicker than usual, however, there is a way you can easily find the culprit. iOS and Android both offer statistics on what apps are using up your battery.
Sheryl wants to replace her old Razr Maxx Android smartphone. What should she get? Leo says that if she's happy with Motorola, then she can stick with it. Leo recommends the Moto G4. It's between $150 and $200 and Leo says it's a fantastic upgrade. It's well made, and has a good camera. She should just get as much storage as she can.
Pat has been trying to find an application that will allow her to customize ringtones for her mobile phone. Leo says that Ringdroid will do it on her Android device. Or she can simply copy her music to the ringtone folder and it will allow her to select it from there. She doesn't need any software at all.