smartphones

Should I buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 at a discount?

Episode 1142

Dennis from Riverside, CA
Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Dennis is looking to get a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 for $150. Leo says that sounds like a subsidized price, and while he's saving the money up front, he'll be paying a lot more over the course of 2 years. Is the Note 4 better at $150 more? Leo says it's an amazing phone, as they all have been. Better screen and camera, and a faster processor. He's more likely to get updates for it.

If the Galaxy Note 3 is brand new, then it's an apples to apples comparison. If the $150 difference is an issue, then he shouldn't hesitate, and get the Note 3.

Is the iPhone the best choice for a first smartphone?

Episode 1142

Dan from Anaheim, CA
Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Dan is ready for his first smartphone and is looking at the iPhone 6 Plus. Leo says that while he doesn't carry an iPhone, it's a great phone, especially for beginners. It's a good choice accessibility-wise as well. The large screen in the 6 Plus makes it really easy to see. But Leo warns that it may seem like clown shoes going from the 4" iPhone 5 screen.

Why is the iPhone GPS sometimes wildly inaccurate?

Episode 1142

Kevin from Beaumont, CA
GPS

Kevin says that we talk about smartphones as being a "mature" technology by now, but when he uses GPS on his phone, it frequently can be wildly inaccurate. For instance, when he was in Scottsdale, he asked Siri for Thai restaurants, and it gave him results for Florida. Why would that be the case? Leo says that "mature" doesn't necessarily mean it's better, it's just an older technology at this point. Apple is doing everything it can with GPS, but its still an imperfect technology.

What phones support multiple cellphone carriers?

Episode 1132

Mike from Corona, CA
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Mike would like to have a cellphone that he can use over multiple carriers. Leo says that while everyone is moving to LTE and Voice Over LTE, we're not there yet. Half the phones are CDMA, the other are GSM. Verizon has a SIM card for modern LTE supported phones that will work over any network except Sprint. And the phones are unlocked by FCC mandate. So that's probably Mike's best bet.

Can I pair multiple bluetooth devices to my smartphone?

Episode 1132

Carlos from Brooklyn, NY
Motorola S10HD

Carlos wants to know if his iPhone can pair to multiple bluetooth devices. Leo says yes! It's been a standard capability for awhile in smartphones now. Leo also recommends over the ear bluetooth headphones.

Motorola makes great wireless headphones, as does LG. The Motorola S10HD are about $40, and they go around the neck and house the batteries for longer battery life. He'll also want headphones that support the high quality stereo profile called 'A2DP.'

Is a smartphone as good as an iPod for playing music?

Episode 1131

Clinton from Portsmith, VA
Samsung Galaxy Note III

Clinton wants to know if the sound in the Samsung Galaxy Note III is as good as the iPod. Leo says yes, it is. He can test the sound with his headphones to automatically adjust the sound to his hearing, which makes it even better. The only difference may be storage, but he can use an SD card in the Note for music. That's why the iPod no longer is sold -- the smartphone is a great music player.

How can I translate emails with my smartphone?

Episode 1130

Craig from Mansfield, OH
Kyocera Hydro

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.