Mobile Phones

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

How can I block Robocalls?

Episode 1532

Gary from Buffalo, New York

Caller has Google Fi and would like to block calls by area code. Leo says that robocalls are the bane of smartphones and studies show that by next year, up to 80% of all calls will be robocalls to cellphones. Blocking an area code is extreme, but Leo says that Google is working on a technology that will route robo calls, or require them to identify themselves. Google Voice already does that. There's also an app called PreFixer which will block a number by prefix. Another interesting app is Signal Spy, which lets you choose the network you want with Google Fi.

How can I convert Raw photos from my phone?

Episode 1532

Jonathan from New Hampshire

Josh has a Samsung Galaxy S6 that he really likes because he can shoot RAW with it. But it was a proprietary version of Raw, and Lightroom can't read it. What can he do? Leo says it's up to Adobe to right a converter for it. Josh says that shooting in Camera FV5 shoots in Raw in a version that it can be read, and it can also convert the S6 Raw files to DNG. The thing about Raw is that it has to be processed in a post environment, in order to get the best looking image from it.

Should I make the switch to the Google Pixel 3?

Episode 1531

Andrew from California

Andrew is thinking of switching from the iPhone to the Google Pixel 3. How's the camera? Leo says that he's seen images of the Pixel 3 and the camera is blowing him away. Google has really refined computational photography to the point where the images look very much like those shot with a DSLR. It feels great in the hand, too. People don't like the notch though. But Leo says you get used to it pretty quickly. But Andrew is concerned because he has Apple TV and he knows the AirPlay won't work. Leo says it won't since Goole doesn't support airplay.

Google announces Pixel 3 XL, Slate and other products

Episode 1531

Google announced the Google Pixel 3 XL this week, and Leo says it feels great in the hand. It has also added wireless charging, which Leo says is the holy grail of mobile phones, and the three major manufactures now support it. Google also announced the Pixel Slate, a new tablet with Chrome OS. It can also run Android and Linux apps. There was also the Google Home Hub tablet. Surprisingly tiny, it has a screen and is designed to be your home's hub.

Is there an app that will tell me what key a song is in?

Piano keys

Episode 1530

Henry from Prescott, AZ

Henry wants to know what's a good iPhone app to identify the key of a song being played. Leo says that is a great idea. Google has song recognition capability. There's an app called Shazam, but that can't identify the key of a song. The chatroom says the app is called Keyfinder. It's manual though, not automated.

KeyDetect is another app.

Why are the maps on my iPad so inaccurate?

Apple iPad

Episode 1530

Dave from Sarasota, FL

Dave loves to drive when he travels, but the most recent car he has doesn't have a CarPlay option. How can he use an iPad as a CarPlay alternative for maps? Leo says a Wi-Fi iPad doesn't have GPS and as such, the maps are going to be inaccurate. Wi-Fi does triangulation of Wi-Fi signals that it can read, whereas GPS uses location based on a triangulation of GPS signals and cellular towers, which is far more accurate. He'd be better off using an iPad that has LTE.

Should I replace my iPhone battery?

Apple iPhone SE

Episode 1530

Max from West LA, CA

Larry wants to know if he should spend the $29 to replace his iPhone SE battery considering the battery is over 80% capacity. Leo says that the charging capacity will continue to drop as he continues to recharge the battery since there's only a limited number of recharges he can have. But having said that, with over 80% capacity, he's probably alright. Realistically, replacing the battery will probably only add six months to that phone's life. But the battery replacement on the iPhone SE is $79, not $29.

Why does my Bluetooth drop out when listening to music?

Plantronics Voyager 4200

Episode 1530

Artie from The Valley, CA

Artie has a Samsung Note 8 and a Plantronics Bluetooth headset, but sometimes the Bluetooth drops out when he listens to music. Leo says "welcome to Bluetooth!" Leo says he prefers to listen wired to music, which is one of the reasons he keeps buying Samsung. John in the chatroom has the same issue with his device and the Plantronics. For using calls, Bluetooth is fine. For listening to music, it's really not ready for prime time. The chatroom says that Plantronics has an app for Android, which may help.

Why is the clock on my son's AT&T Samsung phone always 2 minutes fast?

Samsung Galaxy S9

Episode 1529

Roger from Upland, CA

Roger's son has a Samsung phone on AT&T, and the clock is always 2 minutes fast. His wife, who has a very similar Samsung phone on the same carrier, keeps perfect time. Leo says there is a setting for Apple Watch where the time could be offset, so there could be a setting for that. Samsung is notorious for putting in a lot of settings, so he should check the date and time settings.