Samsung

Replacing Vs. Repairing Your TV

If your home television is not working anymore, you may question whether to buy a new screen or call up the classic "TV Repairmen" (a lost art). While the fix might be easy with a little digging, anything complex may cost way too much or be too troublesome to get repaired. Televisions are pretty inexpensive these days so a good approach is to find great deals on a quality TV. A good, relatively cheap brand is TCL, though Samsung, Hisense, and LG are also reliable. Just don't hang the Television over a fireplace!

Leo Gets the Galaxy Z Fold2 Phone ... and it's $2,000!

Duo 2 Folding

Episode 1731

This week, Leo returned the Microsoft Surface Duo folding phone because while he liked the hardware, he thought the software wasn't ready for prime time yet, as a daily driver. So, instead, he picked up the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2. Leo was pleasantly surprised. It actually has three screens. One in the folded position, and then when you unfold it, there are two screens on the inside. Leo says you can see the fold, and it's kinda worrisome, but after a while, the crease simply disappears and all you see is a huge tablet size screen.

Why's My Browser Crashing?

Chrome

Episode 1709

Sam from San Diego, CA

Sam is getting an error in Google Chrome that says "oh snap, something went wrong." What gives? Leo says that something has gone wrong with the browser that's causing it to crash. It could be an extension that Sam recently installed that's causing the trouble. Leo adds that Sam duplicated the issue one another computer with no errors at all. He says that points to something installed in the extensions that are causing it. Look in the extensions and disable or remove any extensions unwanted. Then try again. 

Can a QLED TV Give Me a Headache?

QLED

Episode 1701

Larry from Petaluma, CA

Larry is trying to pair his new Samsung 55" QLED with his Denon AV. He finally got that working, but he's having an issue with headaches. Leo says that flickering may cause the issue and he recommends adjusting the frame interpolation (called Action Motion Plus in Samsungs) and see if by adjusting the refresh rate up or down will solve that issue. Most likely, going as high as he can will fix it. But he'll get that "soap opera" look. 

Is QLED the same as OLED?

QLED vs OLED

Episode 1694

Charles from Virginia Beach, VA

Charles wants to know the difference between QLED and OLED. Is QLED better? Leo says that it's more marketing. Samsung wants people to think that QLED is as good as OLED, but it's really just another LED technology with backlit LCDs. OLED is a better technology with bolder, more accurate colors and deeper, richer blacks. Is there a risk of burn-in? Leo says that modern OLEDs have solved that problem. 

Don't Connect Your TV to the Internet

If you're wondering if TVs are secure, they are! Just don't connect them to the internet! It sounds simple, but the temptation can be real for those who want to use apps to go online. If you keep the television offline, it can't secretly watch you (assuming the company behind it is shady). Get an Apple TV or Roku device, which are kept up to date. If your TV gets infected, the issue can even bleed into your network...which would be a huge problem.

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.

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. 

Is the pure Android experience of the Google Pixel better than Samsung?

Android

Episode 1653

Chef Guy from Sonoma, California

Chef Guy wants to know if the pure Android experience on a mobile phone is really better than what you get with Samsung's Touchwiz overlay. Leo says that the pure Google Android experience is better, but there are some things that Samsung adds, like their hearing test option, can be beneficial. But for every one of those, there's a Bixby, which is of no help whatsoever. Leo really likes Google's Pixel 4. Unfortunately, 128GB is the max storage and it doesn't come with an external media option.