Mobile Phones

iPhone, Android, Windows Phone 7, Blackberry, or feature phones.

What happened to the Motorola Moto X on Verizon?

Episode 1138

Jesus from Burbank, CA
Motorola Moto X (2014)

Jesus wanted to get the second generation Motorola Moto X and he's heard that Sprint has stopped carrying them. Leo says that's because everyone is moving away from GSM and CDMA towards VoLTE versions. There's talk that if he were to buy a Sprint MVNO SIM in an unlocked Moto X, it'll work. Eventually, all phones will be compatible with all services, which is how it should be. Check out MotoMaker.com. He should also make sure he gets a phone with the right radio frequencies.

Leo Gets the Google Nexus 6

Episode 1137

Leo bought the largest Android phone on the market, the Google Nexus 6.It does come with Android 5 - Lollipop. And he says it's a beautiful phone. However, when it comes to battery life, it leaves Leo a bit concerned. Although it has a bigger battery, it also comes with a quad HD screen, which is gorgeous, but really sucks up the battery power. He likes the dual front facing speakers though. And that makes sense.

Is Apple Care worth it for iPhones?

Episode 1135

Mark from Riverside, CA
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Mark is thinking about trading in his iPhone 5S to get a 6 Plus. He's thinking about buying Apple Care Plus. Worth it? Leo says it depends on what the deductable is. He'll get two incidents a year and the deductible is $79 per incident. So if he drops his phone a lot, it's worth it. But it's a money generator for most. Leo doesn't use Apple Care, preferring to self insure. But he also says that for kids, it's a must.

How can I put my Android phone into Kid Mode?

Episode 1135

Alan from Los Angeles, CA
Kid's Place

Alan has been locking down his mobile phone so his kids can only launch an app that he approves. But it's only limiting the number of apps he can add. He's updated the Note 3 and wants an app that will put his phone into "Kid Mode."

Leo says that there are third parties that offer the kid mode. It's an off the record download though, and could be illegal. There's also Kids Place. That's going to be safer and will let him do a lot more.

What external battery should I get for the iPhone 6?

Episode 1134

Dan from Maine
Jackery Giant

Dan bought an iPhone 6 and he loves it, but he needs more battery life out of it. He's looking for a good external battery, but is overwhelmed by all of the options. Leo says unfortunately the iPhone has no removable battery, which is the tradeoff for it being so thin. The iPhone 6 battery life is better, but with the larger screen, it needs more juice. That's one of the reasons Leo likes the Samsung Galaxy Phones -- he can swap out the batteries with a backup. Many people use Mophie Cases, which have a battery built into them. But they make the phone quite a bit larger.