Android

Should I Buy a Used or Refurbished Phone?

Moto G6

Episode 1584

Ernest from Los Angeles, CA

Ernest needs a new phone but can't afford $1,000 to buy a brand new one. Should he buy a refurbished or used one? Leo says he can, but only from the manufacturer or a trusted reseller like Gazelle. But there are plenty of affordable Android phones out there, like the Motorola Moto G6 that are only a few hundred dollars. One Plus is another and the benefit is that they come unlocked. It's about $500 but for the price, the Moto G6 is an excellent choice.

Samsung's Folding Phone Breaks Easily

Samsung Galaxy Fold

Episode 1584

The infamous $2,000 Samsung Galaxy Fold folding phone has been reported by reviewers to break after just a day or two of regular use. Leo says this is the reason why early adopters should avoid bleeding edge technology. Samsung says that two of the reviewers removed a protective film that was required to keep the phone in shape, but other reviewers had debris that got jammed into the hinge causing the screen to crack. That's normal use. While Samsung says that reviewers were mistreating the phone, Leo's advising users not to buy this one.

Use Reputable Apps to Scan Sensitive Documents

If you are scanning important, sensitive documents with your cell phone and sending those files over the internet, make sure to use an app from a reputable, reliable company. Do not use apps from relatively unknown developers, where images could potentially be intercepted. On Android phones, use Google Drive's scan option. On iPhone, open the Notes app and hit the + sign, then tap the "Scan Documents" option. Evernote Scannable is also a legitimate high-quality (free) scanning app.

What Happened to the No-Blur Feature on my Phone Camera?

Samsung

Episode 1583

Constance from Huntington Beach, CA

Constance likes the "no blur feature" on her Samsung mobile phone camera, but after the latest phone update, it doesn't work! What can she do? Rich isn't sure what happened with the update, but she can do face tracking by using her finger to tap and hold on the face of her subject, locking the focus. There is also tracking autofocus in the camera settings. Look under the Bixby features setting icon. There's also a shot suggestions and optimizer feature. 

Why am I Getting Popups on my Android Devices?

Pixel C Tablet

Episode 1581

Mike from Culver City, California

Caller keeps getting popups when he's watching YouTube on his Google Pixel C Tablet. It just keeps minimizing his videos and he's inundated with popups. It also happens on his Motorola Moto G6.  Leo says that he's likely got some apps from the Google Play store that have malicious behaviour programmed into it. Just use apps you want or need by well-known developers. It's likely an app that he installed on both devices. Leo is guessing it's probably ads trying to play from an app, but sometimes even removing the app won't work. He may need to do a complete reset on his devices. 

What's a Good Mini Tablet for Android?

Nook

Episode 1579

Sidip from Orlando, FL

Sidip is a doctor who wants a mini tablet to use with his medical data. He also wants one that will last 24 hours during a shift. Leo says that there are small Android tablets, but they aren't great. The iPad Mini is probably Sidip's best bet. He can import his data into iBooks on the iPad, and have annotation capability. But if he does not want to go iOS, Samsung has a 7" Galaxy Tab Nook that could work. Asus and Acer also make 7" tablets to take a look at. But Leo says the Samsung is probably the best option. He could also go with a mobile phone like Google Pixel 3 or Galaxy S10. 

Why Does my Mobile Device Mute on its Own?

S10e

Episode 1576

John from Redondo Beach, CA

John recently got a pair of Unitron hearing aids but he can't take phone calls with them. Leo says that's a limitation of the hearing aids, which may not be A2DP compatible. But the problem is his new Samsung Galaxy S10e mutes intermittently. Leo says to try un-pairing, and then re-pairing. Leo also says this has been a known issue with Samsung phones over time. There's a feature called "Easy Mute" that will need to be disabled, and It's in the settings.

Why Doesn't Image Stabilization Work with my Phone?

Nexus 6

Episode 1572

Tom from Canyon Lake, CA

Tom got a Google Nexus 6, but the image stabilization in the camera doesn't work, and Motorola (who made it) and Google won't support it. Leo says that Motorola doesn't support it because Google sold it to a company in China, and It's one of the sad things about the phone industry. Leo says if you can return it, do so and get the Motorola Moto G6.