Judy is looking to get her very first smartphone. She currently uses T-Mobile, but she's worried about coverage for a road trip she's going on. Leo says that coverage wise, Verizon is best, while AT&T has the best data speeds. Leo really likes T-Mobile, though.
When you install a smartphone app, there's a good chance it will come with push notifications turned on by default. For example, Facebook's Messenger app will be able to pop up a notification whenever you receive a message on the service. Depending on how many messages you receive on Facebook, this could be quite a battery drain for your phone.
Chris has heard about the "Black Phone," which claims to be the most secure and private phone on the market. Leo says that it claims to prevent spying on by not sharing any GPS data. But Leo says that it's safe only if he trusts the company. Leo says the bottom line is, if he lives his life online, it's not possible to be 100% private. The specs aren't state of the art either. It has 16GB storage and a low power processor. And who's to say that it isn't really a front for the feds trying to nab people with things to hide?
Marie wants to know that if she should stay with Mac for buying an iPhone and tablet. Leo says it's a good idea, but you don't ever have to. Every smartphone and tablet will work just fine with the Mac. The iPhone will be a very good choice, however, and if Marie can wait, it would be a good idea to wait until Apple announces the new iPhone next month. The iPhone is a great phone, especially for someone who hasn't had a smartphone before. But if you're an advanced user, Leo likes Android because you can do more. The Motorola Moto X is a good one as is the HTC One.
Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac writes that we'll see the iPhone 6 in the second or third week of September. That doesn't mean it will become available then, however. Usually Apple announces the phone, and then it goes on sale a week later.
Apple ‘tentatively’ plans mid-September iPhone event as iOS 8 nears completion (9to5Mac)…
There's a new Android phone with an interesting marketing strategy. It's called the "flagship killer" -- it's a top of the line smartphone, with the latest Qualcomm processor, a gorgeous, very high res 5" screen, and a great camera -- but you can't buy it. You can't go to a store, Amazon, can't order online, and there's limited availability. When it first came out, you could enter a contest by sending them a video of you destroying your current smartphone, and they'd send you a OnePlus One phone.
Leo finally got his Amazon Fire phone, after only receiving the phone's box last weekend from AT&T. If you had ordered it the day it came out, you could have gotten it on Thursday, which is a day earlier than originally scheduled. If you've used the Amazon Fire tablet, then you'll already be familiar with the phone's interface. It's very Amazon specific. It has a few interesting things, like a dedicated camera button.
Kim wants to switch carriers and wants to know the best option for getting an iPhone. Leo was going to suggest T-Mobile, but that's where Kim is and she doesn't want to have a contract. Leo says that without a contract, she'll have to pay for a phone unsubsidized. She can also buy the iPhone 5S unsubsidized and make payments on it, but that's just like having a contract. Should she wait? Leo says we'll know when the iPhone 6 is coming out in a couple months. It'll probably be out in September.
This week's gadget is the Selfy. It's a case for iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S5 that has a bluetooth remote shutter button. The shutter remote slides into the back of the case and you can slide it out anytime you want to take a selfy. They have accessories to fit into that slot including a tripod, bike mount, and helmet mount. It's great for parties and picnics if you take a lot of selfies.
Leo has the newest Google product, which is made of cardboard. All of the attendees at Google I/O received a cardboard box that, once assembled, fits an Android smartphone. The box acts as a viewer for virtual reality, and the smartphone runs a cardboard app that will give each eye the appropriate image. Since the smartphone has an accelerometer in it, it will move with your head as you look around. This does the exact same thing as the Oculus Rift headset, which Facebook paid $2 Billion to acquire.