iPhone, Android, Windows Phone 7, Blackberry, or feature phones.
Tom hasn't had a cellphone in a few years and he's looking at getting the Samsung Galaxy S5. He also sees that it's waterproof. Is that true? Leo says no, it's not water "proof". It's water resistant.
Don has a Windows Phone 7, he's noticing that the security updates are about to run out, and he's concerned about security. Leo says that it's not really cause for concern. He's not using the latest or greatest, but it's such a small market share, that malicious software simply isn't attacking it. Don would like to switch to the iPhone. Leo says he can. It's a good next stop in the smartphone game, and it's very secure. It's not perfect, but at the crossroads of security and convenience, Apple does a great job. In general, smartphones are very secure anyway.
Mike shops at Amazon, and has noticed a change in permissions that would allow Amazon to send him text messages. Leo says the cool thing about the Android system is that they would show him what permissions are enabled and which ones an app takes advantage of. So at least he'd know going in what they want.
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.
David needs an app that will track his Android phone in case he loses or misplaces it. There's an app on the Google Play store called "Android Device Manager" that will do this. It also comes with a kill switch to wipe out his device should it get stolen. He can ring the phone to locate it, or remotely wipe it.
Eddie wants to know if he should buy an LG G3 or wait for something better. Leo says he hasn't used it yet, but it has the highest resolution 5.5" 4K screen on the market. That's ultra high definition. But Leo doesn't think he would be able to see a difference. It will impact battery life, too. But he can always get extra batteries to get him through the day.
LG makes top of the line smart phones, but they have a wacky button design on the back. The camera is decent, but not great. It's a little slow. It does have laser focusing though, which is interesting.
Barry gets lousy cell phone reception at work. Leo says there are signal repeaters such as the Wilson Electronics Cell Phone Signal Boost. Barry would place the antenna in a place where there is signal, and it would send the signal to the booster which would repeat it.
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.