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.
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.
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.
Randy wants to know if the iPhone is more secure than Android. Leo says that mobile phones are now so mature, that they are all roughly the same. Android or iPhone. It comes down to which OS one is more comfortable with.
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.
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.
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.
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
Jerry has an old HTC M8 cellphone he'd like to root. But he's worried that he'll brick it. Can he buy one already rooted? Leo says no. But if you go to XDA-Developer Forums, and input the exact model of your phone, you can get a step by step directions.
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.