Android

Is the One Plus 7 a good phone?

OnePlus 7 Pro

Episode 1674

Anthony from Ventura, California

Anthony wants to know if he can still get a Nokia Windows smartphone. Leo says that Microsoft bought Nokia and came to the smartphone market with a Windows phone too late. By then, developers and carriers had already put their money on Android and iOS. Plus, Banks didn't support it with any apps. The sad part is, the Windows phone was a great phone. It just came too late.

Leo Changes His Mind on the Samsung Z Flip Phone

 Z Flip

Episode 1671

After ordering it and waiting 10 days with no sign of the Samsung Galaxy Flip Phone, Leo decided to cancel the order. By the time he would have gotten it, the world would have moved on as other reviews are now out. So he decided to save $1600. Leo also thinks that everyone is getting sick of the mobile phone merry go round, where a new mobile phone comes out every six months.

Why can't my phone get data?

Episode 1670

Ron from California

Ron has a Yota 3 mobile phone that has an eInk screen on one side, and a regular screen on the other. The result is better battery life. But he hasn't been able to turn on the data for the phone. You should be able to go into the cellular settings under Network and Internet, and enable the data options. It could have been disabled. Also turn on mobile data and roaming. You may need to input the APN settings, which you can find online. 

How can I unlock a tablet?

Samsung Galaxy S5 Tablet

Episode 1666

Kathy from Tustin, CA

Kathryn has her deceased son's Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet and she wants to get it unlocked. Leo says to contact the carrier that the tablet was bought from and see if they can unlock it. They may need to require proof of death, but that's her best bet.  Another possibility is Samsung's KEYS software for Windows. You could perhaps hook the tablet up and extract the information. But you may need to unlock it first. 

Use Android 10 & Google Assistant for Voice Dictation

Many modern Android 10 phones have a voice recording dictation system that transcribes audio as one talks. For stroke victims or elderly folk who may need voice-to-text technology, this comes in handy for sending messages. Chromebooks can bring up Google Assistant, and users can dictate with that. Afterward, a user or friend can take a look at the text and edit out any inaccuracies.

What New Android Phone Should I Get?

 Pixel 3A

Episode 1654

Dennis from Marina del Rey, CA

Dennis has an original Google Pixel but he's having issues where he has to reboot it. Turns out it's a motherboard issue with is the phone. But the recall has passed and he was never notified. Leo says that he isn't sure companies are required to inform their customers, though they should. Google is also going to retire that model anyway, so it's high time to get a new one. Leo recommends the Google Pixel 3A, and it's on sale right now for around $229. Best deal out there right now.

What is the Best Large Tablet?

iPad Pro

Episode 1650

Dean from California

Dean is a pianist and teacher and he wants a large tablet that he can use for his sheet music. His friend has an iPad Pro, and he wonders if there's a PC version like the Onyx Book Pro. Leo says that the real key to using a tablet is that if it has the apps necessary to use digital sheet music. Leo says that the basic iPad is very good for this purpose and is very popular with musicians. Samsung has the Note Tablet as well. That runs Android. But for Leo's money, the iPad Pro is the ideal solution. It also has the Apple Pencil which allows you to annotate it. A good app is FORSTER

Can I increase storage on my mobile phone with a microSD card?

microSD Card & microSD Adapter

Episode 1641

Joseph from Grand Forks, North Dakota

Joseph wants to an SD card into his phone and make it part of "adoptable storage," making the phone think that the phone is larger than it is. Rich says that Samsung doesn't allow that on their phones anymore because it's difficult to do, and if the card gets corrupted or loosened, it could prevent your phone from working properly. So Rich says that even though Android supports it, Samsung may have locked that feature out. Is there a workaround? Rich says you may be able to do it by rooting the phone, but it's not all that easy.