Mobile Phones

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

Should I buy the LG G3 Android phone?

Episode 1102

Eddie from El Monte, Ca
LG G3

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.

Should I buy my iPhone off contract?

Episode 1102

Kim from Santa Clarita, CA
Apple iPhone 5S

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.

How can I stop my phone from rearranging itself?

Episode 1102

Ed from Redondo Beach, CA
HTC One

Had has a new HTC One and lately, Ed says it's had a mind of its own. Lately it's been changing cities in the weather app without him being able to reset it. Leo says it could be that the current location setting has changed or the location services has been disabled. Ed says the icon for voice recorder has moved as well. Leo says that they can be moved around, so he should just drag it back.

How can I get my phone to stop rebooting?

Episode 1101

Christine from New Jersey
HTC One

Christine has an HTC One and now it's just rebooting. Leo says it can happen with any phone. It generally means something with the phone's data storage. It's called a "boot loop." She can go into recovery mode and start over, but that may not work. She could also try and root it with different firmware or a third party recovery tool. Clockwork Mod works well. Leo says she should first try going to her local store and get the expert to try and clear it.

Why does it take so long to charge my iPad?

Episode 1101

Adam from Riverside, CA
Apple iPad Air

Larry needs to get a new charger for the iPad. Leo says that the iPad requires 10w of charging and most chargers are only 5w. So he'll need to pay close attention to the amperage. He could use the same 10w charger for both his iPad and phone, because the phone will only take as much juice as it needs. If it takes forever to charge, it means the charger just isn't powerful enough. He can boost the charging time by putting the iPad into Airplane mode.

Why won't my Android phone hold a charge?

Episode 1101

Jeff from Lancaster, CA
Empty Battery

Jeff's old Android phone is dying really quickly. Leo says it's likely because it's nearing the end of it's rechargeable life. Phone batteries have a limited number of charge cycles, at about 500. After which, it will die pretty quickly and won't take a charge anymore. That's why it's best to leave the phone plugged in all the time unless he's out. It will preserve that limited amount of charge cycles, and it's perfectly safe to do so. If it's not holding a charge, it's worn out and the battery needs to be replaced.

iPhone 6 'Sapphire Crystal' Front Cover Leaked

Episode 1100

iPhone 6 Sapphire Crystal

A cover, supposedly for the next Apple iPhone, has been leaked. This could be made of sapphire crystal, and is very tough. It was showed off earlier this week in a YouTube video from Hong Kong by Marques Brownlee. The video shows the glass bending, and Brownlee was even stabbing it with a knife to show that it could not be scratched. The front part measures 4.7", which is consistent with the predictions we've been hearing from other sources as one of the sizes of the next iPhone.