Windows phones

How long will my Windows phone last?

Nokia Lumia 950

Episode 1700

Jim from Laguna Hills, CA

Jim is still using a Nokia Lumia 950 Windows phone to this day, mostly because of the camera. He really likes it. It's also easy to use. Leo says it may not be for much longer as Microsoft hasn't updated it since 2018, and most apps have simply stopped working. But if it still works now, why not keep using it? It's not a security issue. The only real concern would be the battery. Sooner or later, it will stop charging. But Leo says that leftover stock of the Nokia Lumia 950 is still for sale on Amazon. 

Is there a voice dictation app for entering contacts into a Windows phone?

Windows Phone Cortana

Episode 1124

Ed from Palmdale, CA

Ed has lost his eyesight and he needs to get a phone. Is there a utility that will record numbers into his phone by voice? Leo says that if Ed brings his old phone to the phone store, he can ask them to move his contacts into the new phone for him. Most phones have accessibility features, but Leo says that Apple does it best. But that's usually for calling.

For editing the contacts, that could be a challenge. Windows Phone's Cortana voice app is a brand new utility, so it may be able to edit entries with voice. It'll be a long process though.

Has my Windows Phone been compromised?

Nokia Lumia 900

Episode 1087

Jeff from Seattle, WA

Rick discovered that his Windows smartphone connects to Wi-Fi without his permission and he believes his microsoft ID was compromised by a hacker. Leo says that somewhere in the settings there could be a feature that logs him in wherever he goes. It also could be a carrier feature. AT&T phones will connect automatically when they see an AT&T sponsored Wi-Fi site, which can be frustrating. Windows Phones have an option to turn it off though in settings.

What would be the best smartphone for a Linux geek?

Google Nexus 4

Episode 1002

Robert from Charleston, SC

Robert is a geek and is looking for a smartphone. Leo says there is no "best phone" out there, and it really depends on how he plans to use it. Leo says that the Nokia 1020 has the best camera with 41mp, but it's a fairly entry level smartphone in terms of the operating system. Since Robert is into Linux, the Android platform may be more attractive, particularly the Google Nexus 4, which he can root and put different flavors of Android on it.