Barry bought a Microsoft Surface Pro 4. Leo says to update it right away if he hasn't. It solves a lot of problems. Barry did that, but his battery life is terrible. He's determined that it's Skype and it keeps trying to connect. Leo says to be sure to get the firmware update. That will improve power management.
Marilyn has her phone plugged in and it's still losing power. Leo says that runaway software that doesn't close out can cause it as it's always checking for updates. One thing she can do is shut it down and turn it back on to charge it. Plug it in, and then turn it off.
Richard has a Barnes and Noble Nook reader and he wants to know how many full recharges he gets. Leo says that he'll get about 500 full recharges as any given lithium ion battery will. But Richard hasn't ever run down his phone, keeping it plugged in most of the time. Now he can't recharge it. Leo says that a battery is always going down/up and it could just be worn out.
In the battle of Android vs. iPhone, Josh likes both, but he says he prefers Android. Leo says he prefers Android as well, and now that hardware can run it, it's on par, if not better than iOS. But the problem with Android is that while they have better cameras and screens, the battery life has suffered as a result. Android runs a ton of background activity and that kills the battery. iPhone doesn't allow that.
Mike wants to know if the OnePlus Two is a good deal. He recently returned the Motorola Moto X and is looking at getting one to replace it. Leo says that the OnePlus Two has started to leave him cold, and the Motorola Moto X doesn't have security features like a fingerprint scanner. Leo says that while the Moto X has a 21 MP camera, it doesn't have good low light performance without optical image stabilization. And the battery life has left him disappointed because it doesn't last all day. Neither does the OnePlus Two, however.
Leo may have ordered the new iPhone 6S+. but his other new phone for now is the Motorola Moto-X. He likes it, but the jury is still out on battery life. The benefit is that it charges fast, taking about an hour thanks to Android's new quick charge system. But Leo says that the current standard is 10 hours, and that won't get you through the day. He didn't mind it so much when he could swap out batteries, but the new Android designs are moving away from that.
Tom has a Samsung Nexus 5, and the battery life is starting to go South. Leo says that there's a certain number of charges a Lithium Ion battery has, and after about 500 cycles, it's time to move on. The good news is that Google is about to announce a new Nexus. Leo recommends waiting for the announcement, or checking out Leo's review of the Motorola Moto X Pure.
Chris' mobile phone battery is draining really fast. Leo says that if he has the latest OS for both iOS and Android, it gives him a lot more data on what's taking up his battery life. But there's also third party apps like GSAM Battery Monitor for Android. Often though, poor cell signal coverage can cause depleted battery life as the phone works harder to find a signal. A higher resolution screen can drain the battery more as well.
Todd is going to be travelling to the Grand Canyon and he's not sure what kind of reception he'll be getting. Leo says the Canyon isn't ideal for cellphone coverage. Will it work OK with power? Leo says he can get huge backup battery to charge it back up. A 10,000 mAh battery would be able to recharge three times before needing to be recharged. Anker makes a great one.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge has the highest resolution screen on the market and easily the best camera he's ever used. Leo says it's beautiful. But the battery life isn't all that great (about 9-12 hours) because of the high resolution. Since it doesn't have the ability to swap out the battery, you'll need to get the quick charge accessory which will give you half of a charge within a half hour.