Craig emails back and forth with someone in Germany, and he needs to be able to translate the German to English. He uses a Kyocera Hydro and finds himself having to write out the emails on paper and then type it into Google Translate. Leo isn't sure if the Kyocera has a copy/paste command, but if it does, he can select the text in the email and then copy and paste it into Google Translate. He can't get the browser on the Kyocera to work properly with Google Translate though, either.
Jason wants to get a new Galaxy Note 4, but he doesn't want to lose his unlimited data plan. Leo says that AT&T is always looking for a reason to take unlimited data away from those who are left using it. And frankly, most people who have it don't use that much data and they're really paying for what they don't use. Either Jason could get a plan that would cover the data he uses, or he could go to T-Mobile and get unlimited. Most of their plans are unlimited, but would throttle his speeds after he reaches a certain limit.
Teri needs to buy a smartphone but she wonders if she can use a tablet instead. She could then use it to take notes, read eBooks, etc. Should she go iPad or Android? Leo says that a tablet isn't really the right move now since phones are getting larger. They're big enough to read books on, take notes, and use as a calendar as Teri said she wanted. And they take phone calls too, of course.
Sue says it's time to get a new phone. Leo says it's a good time to buy one. The iPhone makes a really good first smartphone and with a new one being announced next week, the time is perfect to get deals on them. Another good option is the Motorola Moto G if you want Android.
Jonathan is ditching his iPhone 5s and moving to T-Mobile. He's trying to decide between the HTC One, the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Google Nexus 5. Leo says that the Nexus 5 is the pure Google experience with no added "skins" or bloatware. This means it will always get updated right when Google releases a new version of Android. Leo likes the HTC One, but it's a bit smaller. Leo isn't a fan of Samsung because they put too much bloatware on their phones. The Galaxy S5 isn't bad, but has a cheap plastic feel to it.
Bill is having issues with Facebook's latest version of the smartphone app because the videos autoplay and it's hitting his bandwidth caps. Leo says that Facebook is planning to do that so that they can sell advertising on user's feeds. While Leo believes that Facebook needs to monetize in order to pay the bills and stay in operation, it also has a social contract with it's members not to do such things that impact their own bottom line. It's a shame that they don't see that. The good news is, he can go into the settings for his app and turn off autoplay.
Judy called last week about what to get for her first smart phone, and she decided on the iPhone. Leo says that's a good first choice, but Judy should wait until next month since the new models will be announced.
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?